Terps' soccer standout joins U.S. Under-20s

Twellman set to return in autumn, drop baseball

February 06, 1999|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF

Maryland forward Taylor Twellman, Freshman of the Year in men's college soccer, has decided to play for the Under-20 U.S. national team and did not enroll for the spring semester.

However, Twellman is scheduled to return to College Park and play for the Terrapins this fall as a result of an "international competition" NCAA rules exemption.

But the national team has forced him to forgo playing for the Terps baseball team, which had given him a full scholarship. So in accordance with the NCAA, Twellman will play in the fall under a soccer scholarship.

"We petitioned the NCAA, so we're not in violation in any way," Maryland soccer coach Sasho Cirovski said. "He decided that playing for the Under-20 World Championships was too good an opportunity to pass up."

Twellman, a native of St. Louis, led Maryland with 16 goals and eight assists, the sixth-best single-season points total in school history. He recorded the game-winning goals in the Terps' two NCAA tournament victories, lifting them to their first final four since 1969.

He is playing with teammates Nick Downing and Dan Califf for the Under-20 national team.

Pub Date: 2/06/99

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