Taylor Kemp has been a staple of Maryland’s defense ever since he arrived in 2009. But after this weekend’s College Cup, it was all over. The All-ACC standout left behind an indelible mark on the program not to mention this heartfelt message detailing what Maryland has meant to him. Take it away, Taylor:
It’s been an incredible three-and-a-half years where I formed relationships that will stick with me for a lifetime. I was fortunate enough to be a part of several teams throughout my time here at Maryland, but for many reasons, this past season’s team will forever reverberate through my memories. Maybe it’s because this was my senior year, maybe it’s because we worked so desperately hard for success, or maybe it’s because this really was as rare and special as it felt. All I know is how thankful I am for every day I had with this team.
I still can’t believe it’s all actually coming to an end, but I know that I am incredibly blessed for the experiences and growth I’ve had here. I am a better person now than when I arrived on campus and that is because of the people who surrounded me every day – my brothers. I will miss this place in so many ways, and while I am excited to move into a new phase of my life, I will never fully leave Maryland. If I’ve learned anything about Maryland pride, it’s that it stays with you forever. I will always be a Maryland Terrapin and couldn’t be prouder.
And I know that my boys I’m leaving behind are even hungrier now than this year and will stop at nothing until we have another National Championship up on our wall!
So, pending this final week, farewell Maryland, I hope that I have in some way given back a fraction of what you’ve given me.