A glance at each Maryland team's transition into the Big Ten

June 29, 2014|By Andrew Bahl and Paul Pierre-Louis, The Baltimore Sun

As Maryland leaves the Atlantic Coast Conference for the Big Ten, the Terps will be looking at an entirely new set of competitors in each of their intercollegiate sports.

With the transition becoming official Tuesday, here's a glance at each of Maryland's athletic programs, with recaps of their final year in the ACC and a look forward to what they'll face in the Big Ten.

Baseball

Record: 40-23 (15-14 ACC)

Finish: 2nd in Atlantic Division

Recap: Second-year coach John Szefc led the baseball team to its best postseason run in program history. The Terps made the ACC championship game and earned a spot in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1971. They were knocked out in the super regional, which is the furthest they have ever reached.

Outlook: The Terps will look to build off of this season's success and become one of the top teams in a weaker Big Ten. Indiana and Nebraska made this season's NCAA tournament, but both teams were knocked out in the regionals.

Men's basketball

Record: 17-15 (9-9 ACC)

Finish: 8th

Recap: Three victories at the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands were the only tournament wins for the Terps during coach Mark Turgeon's third season. The team lost to Florida State in the second round of its final ACC tournament and did not get selected for the NCAA tournament or the National Invitation Tournament.

Outlook: The Terps exit the ACC just as American Athletic Conference champions Louisville enter the league, but the Big Ten hardly gets easier for Turgeon's young bunch. The team hosts Michigan, Michigan State and Wisconsin next season.

Women's basketball

Record: 28-7 (12-4 ACC)

Finish: 3rd

Recap: After dropping their first game at the ACC tournament, the Terps rallied under coach Brenda Frese to make their second appearance in the Final Four, , where they lost to Notre Dame, 87-61. Senior forward Alyssa Thomas averaged 19 points and 10.9 rebounds per game while earning first-team All-America honors.

Outlook: The Terps are without Thomas next season, but making up for her loss will be an easier task in the Big Ten. The team will no longer have conference games against Notre Dame and Duke. Instead, its marquee matchups will be against foes like Penn State and Nebraska.

Women's cross country

Finish: 14th

Recap: Women's cross country finished second to last at the ACC championship meet, with senior Becky Yep leading the team with a time of 22 minutes, 16 seconds. Yep again paced the Terps at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships, where the team improved to 15th out of 29 teams.

Outlook: Five teams in the Big Ten finished the season ranked in the top 30 nationally, while the ACC had four.

Field hockey

Record: 22-2 (6-0)

Finish: 1st

Recap: The field hockey team captured both the ACC regular-season and tournament titles before an upset loss to fourth-seeded Duke in the NCAA tournament semifinals. Forward Jill Witmer and defender Ali McEvoy were voted ACC Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year, respectively.

Outlook: With the ACC traditionally a much stronger field hockey conference than the rest, the Terps should have few problems adjusting to the Big Ten. Michigan State was the most successful team in the conference last season, upsetting Syracuse in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Football

Record: 7-6 (3-5 ACC)

Finish in ACC: 5th in Atlantic Divison

Recap: The football team finished above .500 for the first time since the 2010 season, sporting a 7-5 record going into the Military Bowl clash with Marshall. While the Terps lost that game, 31-20, it marked the team's first bowl appearance under third-year coach Randy Edsall.

Outlook: The Terps will face top opposition on a more consistent basis in the Big Ten. Next season, they host powerhouses Ohio State and Michigan State at Byrd Stadium, and they visit Wisconsin and Michigan.

Men's golf

Finish: 11th

Recap: The men's golf team placed 11th out of 12 teams at the ACC championships. Senior Sean Bodosh shot a final-round 69 to tie for 14th in the individual standings.

Outlook: The Terps will face a similar quality of competition in the Big Ten as they did in the ACC. Both conferences had six teams in the NCAA regionals.

Women's golf

Finish: Tied for 9th

Recap: Junior Juliet Vongphoumy was a bright spot for the Terps at the ACC championships, finishing in a tie for 15th thanks to a first-round 72.

Outlook: The team will no longer be in the same conference as national champion Duke. Ohio State is the standout team in the Big Ten, finishing seventh in the NCAA championships.

Gymnastics

Record: 17-8 (6-6 East Atlantic Gymnastics League)

Finish in EAGL: 2nd

Recap: Though senior captain Katy Dodds suffered a season-ending Achilles tendon injury before the third meet of the season, the gymnastics team was still able to finish second in the EAGL championships. The Terps' season ended, however, after a sixth-place finish in the NCAA regionals.

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