BALTIMORE—The Maryland men’s soccer team is in the final four of the College Cup for the 14th time in school history.
Maryland entered this year’s NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Championships as the No. 11 seed after a slow start to open the season. It punched its ticket to the semifinals with a 1-0 victory over No. 3 Kentucky on Nov. 30 thanks to a first-half goal from Sebastian Elney.
The Terrapins now will meet Big Ten rivals Indiana in the national semifinals in Santa Barbara, California on Dec. 7 at 10:45 p.m. ET.
The Terrapins (11-6-4) arrive into the national tournament on an impressive midseason run and winning three of their last four regular season games. After losing to Indiana in a penalty kick shootout in the Big Ten Tournament, Maryland have won three straight and not given up a goal in the past 320 minutes of action.
“For our program, this is a big moment,” said Maryland coach Sasho Cirovski. “We struggled the last couple years in the NCAA Tournament, and we challenged this team to reset the identity and bring back the Maryland quality, and this team has done that.”
Elney’s 29th minute goal proved to be just enough to end the Wildcats undefeated streak at home.
Striker Paul Bin received a 25-yard pass and quickly sent delivered the ball to midfielder Amir Sejdic. The Louisville, Kentucky native layed off a slicing pass to Elney, who was racing towards the Wildcat penalty area. The D.C. United Academy star put a shot inside the far post from 18 yards out for the lone goal.
“We do it all the time in practice,” Elney said. “[Sejdic] had a great play there. I knew exactly where to go when he got the ball. He played it perfectly.”
Maryland nearly made it 2-0 in the 69th minute but junior Eli Crognale’s shot bounced off the crossbar. Goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair made a great save in the 78th minute that kept the Terrapins in front for the win.
Navy Volleyball Falls in First Round of NCAA Tournament
The Navy volleyball team gave a good effort in its first trip to the NCAA Tournament, but No. 18 Michigan just had too much for the Mids.
Michigan topped Navy in straight sets, 25-23, 25-20, 25-10, in a first-round match on Nov. 30 at the Peterson Events Center in Pittsburgh. This was the first time Navy’s gone to the national tournament since the program became a division one 27 years ago.
“This has been a wonderful experience for all of us,” Navy Head Coach Paco Labrador said. “We wanted to make sure we walked out of here with a lot of pride, and I felt we did just that.”
Navy stayed close throughout the first two sets. The Mids cut the lead to 24-23 in set one before losing it and were close 21-19 in the second set before Michigan held on. The Wolverines broke free in set three midway through and moved on to the second round.
Navy finished the season with a 23-9 record.
Hall Finalist for National Award
Bowie State quarterback Amir Hall was picked as one of the four finalists for the Black College Football Player of the Year Award. This is given each year to the most outstanding football player from a Historically Black College & University (HBCU).
Hall won the award last year. The three other finalists are defensive lineman Darryl Johnson (North Carolina A&T University), quarterback Noah Johnson (Alcorn State University) and quarterback Caylin Newton (Howard University).
The winner will be announced Feb. 16, 2019 at the 10th Annual Black College Football Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Atlanta. The winner will receive the Deacon Jones Trophy, named for the long-time star NFL defensive lineman.
Redskins Suffer Another Bad Break
Another game, another quarterback down and one more loss for the Washington Redskins.
Colt McCoy fractured his right fibula during Washington’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Dec. 3 and is going to miss the rest of the year. That left the Redskins with third-stringer Mark Sanchez as the Eagles rolled to a 28-13 victory.
McCoy was filling in for starter Alex Smith, who broke his right tibia and fibula two weeks ago. As of now, Sanchez will start for Washington going forward.
Running back Adrian Peterson scored on a 90-yard touchdown run on Sanchez’s opening play. That put Washington up 10-7, but the rest of the game belonged to the Eagles after that.
The Redskins fell to 6-6 with the loss while Philadelphia improved their record to 6-6. Dallas leads the NFC East with a 7-5 record, and the Cowboys meet the Eagles this weekend. The Redskins will play the New York Giants on Dec. 9.
County Swimmers Help Howard University in meet
Upper Marlboro native DeAngela Fobbs swam on the Howard University 400 medley relay that finished in 3:58.09 – a new school record – at the H2ounds Invitational on Nov. 30 in Baltimore.
KaSandra Kaplan, Madison Freeland and India Jackson swam with Fobbs in the record-setting race.
“This is a great achievement,” said Howard Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Head Coach Nicholas Askew said. “I know the hard work those four put in during practice and it showed.”
In a separate event that day, Miguel Davis Jr. from Prince George’s County swam on the men’s 400 medley relay that had the third-best time in school history (3:29.20) in their race.