Preview: #2 Maryland travels to #17 Notre Dame for a Sunday afternoon showdown on ESPNU
The Terps have a chance to move to the No.1 spot in the rankings today. Maryland (5-0) is looking to open the month of March with a victory over Notre Dame is South Bend, IN, and improve their winning streak.
Maryland currently sits at the No. 2 spot in most media polls and after Loyola suffered their first loss of the season earlier this week to Towson, the Terps have a golden opportunity to be sitting a top of the rankings with a win today.
Maryland will look to start 6-0 for just the second time under head coach John Tillman when the Terps meet #17 Notre Dame (1-1) Sunday at noon on ESPNU.
Keep an eye out for Boys’ Latin school alum and Terps sophomore attackman Logan Wisnauskas. Wisnauskas transferred to College Park from Syracuse to open his college career and has been a scoring machine ever since the move. According to the Gameday notes on umterps.com Wisnuaskas became the fastest Terp to score 50 goals (23 games) since four-time All-American Joe Walters after scoring his final goal of the day against Navy on Feb. 23. Walters reached the mark just one game sooner than Wisnuaskas, recording his 50th career goal in his 22nd collegiate game during the 2004 season. Wisnauskas’s current goals per game average (min. 20 games played) of 2.17 is the best by a Terrapin since Jim Wilkerson averaged 2.21 from 1980-83.
Sunday’s meeting will be the 12th all-time meeting between the two programs, with Maryland holding a 6-5 advantage in the all-time series which began in 1995.
Notre Dame is 35-27 against teams ranked in the top 10 in the USILA Coaches Poll since the start of the 2008 season.
The Irish are 14-12 since 2012 against teams ranked in the top five in the USILA Coaches Poll.
Notre Dame is scheduled to face six teams in the current USILA rankings, as Maryland (No. 2), Cornell (No. 3), Duke (No. 6), Denver (No. 8), Ohio State (No. 9) and Virginia (No. 10) are all in the top 10.
For the Irish, keep a close eye on senior attackman Brendan Gleason and junior midfielder Bryan Costabile (Mount St. Joseph). This past week both have been selected as Tewaaraton Award finalists.
Costabile has seven goals and an assist while Gleason has added four goals and one assist on the season.
Notre Dame is coming off a tough loss to Richmond and will be looking to unseat Maryland at home today. Follow MSB on Twitter for live tweets during the game which will be broadcasted on ESPNU.