After an undefeated regular season No. 1 Maryland (18-1) was awarded the No. 1 overall seed as well as a first-round bye. The Terps will face the winner of CAA champion James Madison and America East Champion Stony Brook on Sunday in College Park. It is the seventh consecutive first overall seed for Maryland.
The Terps did not in the rankings, despite the disappointing loss in the conference championship to No. 5 Northwestern 16-11. Before conference tournament play began, the Terps were ranked as the No.1 overall seed according to the NCAA Tournament Committee. However, for most of the season Maryland was No. 2 overall behind the Boston College Eagles. With both teams losing in their respective conference championships, the Terps were awarded the top seed. According to the NCAA, the Terps had the highest RPI of any team in the country one of the things that the committee examines when selecting the tournament field.
It is the first time since 2015 the Terps did not win the Big Ten Tournament, but also finished with an undefeated regular season that year. Each of the past 10 tournaments, Maryland has appeared in the Final Four.
Reflecting on the regular season for Maryland, the Terps defeated four top five opponents and 14 of their 18 wins came against ranked opponents. Some of the highlights from the regular season included come from behind defeats over No. 3 North Carolina and No. 4 Syracuse.
Earlier this season on March 24, Maryland defeated James Madison 18-5 putting together a dominant second half to cruise to the lopsided victory. Maryland has not faced Stony Brook since the 2017 NCAA Tournament when the Terps won a 13-12 nailbiter. Of the 13 goals scored that day, five of them were scored by players currently on the roster. Given Maryland’s veteran laiden roster, the Terps have experience facing off against both opponents.
In their March meeting against the Dukes, Jen Giles, Grace Griffin and Kali Hartshorn led the way combining for 10 goals. Giles will look to regain her regular season success once again in the NCAA Tournament, after being held to one point in the Big Ten Tournament.
After a disappointing loss against Northwestern, the Terps will have a full week to regroup and prepare for the winner of James Madison and Stony Brook with first draw scheduled for noon Sunday at Maryland Stadium.
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