University of Maryland Soccer
The University of Maryland has both men's soccer and women's soccer. The men's team was nationally ranked in 2007. I watched them scrimmage one evening. Even though I used to coach youth soccer, I never realized how much adult players communicate while they are playing (at least on the good teams).
University of Maryland Football
When I was walking around campus on Wednesday evening, I saw the football team practicing. They must have come up with a good plan, because they defeated No. 8 Boston College on Saturday, 42-35. They play in Byrd Stadium, which is a beautiful facility. It was originally built in 1950 and has been home to national championship football and men’s and women’s lacrosse teams, and to more than 50 ACC track and field champions. The stadium was renovated in 1994 and the seating capacity increased to 48,055 by adding an upper deck to the north side. The cost for the renovation exceeded $45 million. With the addition of temporary seating in 2001 and 2002, the stadium’s capacity was expanded to 51,500.
The Comcast Center, the University of Maryland's home for Terrapin athletics, was completed in the Fall of 2002. It provides a seating capacity of 17,950 fans for basketball, and serves as an on-campus site for university special events and select community events. Comcast Center houses the university's athletics administration offices and includes a 7000-square-foot Academic Support Center for the school's nearly 700 student-athletes on 27 teams. An additional 1500-seat gymnasium serves as home to the Terps' volleyball, gymnastics and wrestling teams, and the Nextel Heritage Hall multi-purpose room (capacity 400) is equipped to host banquets, press conferences, meetings and serve as a pre-game restaurant suite overlooking the competition arena.
University of Maryland Lacrosse
Both men's and women's lacrosse is outstanding at the University of Maryland. The Terrapins first fielded a men's lacrosse team in 1910 and have won twelve national championships, the first in 1928 and most recently in 1975. They have made 17 appearances in the NCAA semifinals. A club team played lacrosse at the college as early as 1895.
Women's lacrosse was first organized in 1977. The Lady Terrapins have won ten national championships, including seven straight from 1995 through 2001. This winning streak is one of the longest in Division I athletics, exceeded only by the University of North Carolina's women's soccer team (nine championships, 1986 to 1994).
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