The Maryland men put together quite the season, reaching the College Cup and creating highlights along the way. Above are the 12 top goals from their season, and is a serious collection of great Terrapins moments.
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.
Just so you know, Indiana’s national title triumph on Sunday was just the beginning … the beginning of history repeating itself. Go ahead and put the Hoosiers down for another College Cup in 2013.
I know what you’re thinking: but they were only a No. 16 seed! Lightning doesn’t strike twice! How am I supposed to trust the prediction of a guy named Dill Pickle!
All valid points. But so are these:
1. History. Of the seven previous national titles won by the Hoosiers, six of them were part of back-to-back efforts. Indiana turned the trick in 2003-04, 1998-1999 and 1982-83. Only in 1988 did they produce a one-and-done title effort. And how can we trust anything that happened in 1988? People were listening TO THIS back then. Yup. Do-over.
2. Family Tree. Lest we forget whose father was leading all those Hoosier championships of old – coach Todd Yeagley’s father, Jerry. Now that he’s added to the family legacy he’ll be liberated and ready to enjoy a run of his own. There’s just too much precedent for this not to happen.
See the final point after the jump
So you’re going to an exclusive party that happens just once every four years. Everyone’s there: P. Diddy, President Obama, Honey Boo Boo … do you play it straight with a black suit and black tie or do you swing for the fences ( think chinchilla tuxedo, BOOM!)?
Maryland is swinging BEYOND the fences by breaking out the above new Under Armour cleats for this weekend’s College Cup. Screw the black tie! The Terrapins brought out the stunna cleats, a bold statement that says: this is MY party and I’ll shine if I want to … Honey Boo Boo.
I don’t even know if I like these; to be honest, they dilated my eyes at first glance. But I love the power play by Maryland. I love that they had the guts to walk into the party with these, stealing the show.
Your move, Georgetown.
The Men’s College Cup is here. We’ve chatted with one player from each team in order to break down the championship matchups. Let’s do it.
Describe the four remaining programs using one word?
A.J. Corrado of Indiana says: Creighton: Style; Georgetown: Strength; Maryland: Perennial (contenders); Us: Confident
Jose Gomez of Creighton says: Georgetown: Compact (in the midfield); Maryland: Offensive; Indiana: Physical; Us: Fundamental
Andy Riemer of Georgetown says: Creighton: Consistent; Indiana: Tradition; Maryland: Dangerous
Patrick Mullins of Maryland says: Creighton: Possession-oriented; Georgetown: Hard-working; Indiana: Teamwork; Us: Aggressive.
What opposing player will be the X-factor for your Friday opponent?
Corrado on Creighton: Jose Gomez is their X-factor, to me. He gives them time and space and can make things happen. He’s a huge part of how their team works.
Gomez on Indiana: Eriq Zavaleta. I watched them against North Carolina (in the Elite Eight) and their team didn’t have many chances but he just made it happen. He’s that kind of player.
Riemer on Maryland: John Stertzer. I played with him at Potomac Academy and he’s one of their key players. He has a really great understanding of the game and is a play-maker.
Mullins on Georgetown: I wouldn’t single out one player, I think they play really attractive soccer and have good teamwork. They have guys that can hurt you in different ways.
This is your hip hopology breakdown of the Men’s College Cup with each team assigned to one of your favorite rapper’s favorite rappers. Let’s make it rain in here!
Indiana is a great team with lots of program experience. Jay-Z is a great rapper who’s been around for a while and has the hottest chick in the game wearing his chain.
Creighton- Fat Joe
Very good team who always seems to be in the hunt; good rapper who always seems to be relevant but is sometimes forgotten (though at 475 LBs, we’re not sure how).
Georgetown is the new and exciting program making a great run in the 2012 season. 2 Chainz is one of the hottest rappers in the game right now and people are wondering about his longevity. Mostly, because he’s 36-years-old. Seriously.
Maryland- Kanye West
No question Maryland is a great team and an outstanding program. UMD is similar to Kanye West, an artist that you want to hate but can’t help but love. By the way: I’m a let you finish, but the Terrapins have one of the best Cup records of all time!
I’m not even going to try to justify my previous predictions – none of which had North Carolina reaching the College Cup. I’ve found that the best thing you can do when you’re wrong is to … change the subject completely.
Man, have you seen these Tar Heel highlights?? (See …) Definitely some special moments here as North Carolina reaches the season’s final game where they’ll meet Penn State.
We’re one set of matches away from learning our Men’s College Cup teams. I have five thoughts regarding the Elite 8 matches …
1. San Diego is visiting Georgetown while back in San Diego the women’s College Cup is going on. This is basically like going to a party at your friend’s house while your friend throws a MASSIVE party at yours, then sends you a text mid-party that says: Wish you were here.
I like Georgetown in this one. They’re home at their own party.
2. I’m titling Indiana vs. North Carolina the Lords of the Rings match. The Tar Heels are defending champs while the Hoosiers have all kinds of titles: Cup titles, house titles, car titles … but even the Lord of the Rings had Hobbits. In other words, someone’s going to come up short. I think it’s the Hoosiers.
3. If Creighton beats Connecticut I’m curious to see how loudly the Creighton baby screams. They won’t. UCONN wins.
See the final two thoughts after the jump
Here’s a short glimpse of Penn State’s trip to San Diego where they’ll face Florida State Friday for the right to play in the national championship.
Turns out that not only are the ladies fierce on the field but they’re also unstoppable when it comes to Scrabble. Poor Nittany Lions coach is getting the business!
It’s never too early to introduce your children to the excitement of the College Cup. When Creighton knocked off Akron on Sunday they went Bluejay crazy and so did their fans, which included a certain newborn hanging out with grown folks.
Fast forward the video to 10 seconds and listen closely to the audio celebration. Yup, that’s a baby wailing in the background. Why is a baby crying while everyone else is cheering? Because babies are confused little beings. Do they want to eat with everyone else at the dinner table? Nope, they’re hungry at 3 a.m. You hold silverware, they hold peas barehanded. Your idea of a delicacy is steak. Theirs: milk.
You seeing my point?
But I’m still glad someone brought a baby to the Creighton fan hangout. And maybe next time it’ll learn how to cheer with everyone else at the adult table.