[MEN'S COLLEGE CUP: Maryland-Virginia] One of college soccer's great rivalries will end on Friday. ACC powers Maryland and Virginia will met for the third time this season in the semifinals of the Men’s College Cup at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. (TV ESPNU, live, 7:30 p.m. ET). It will be the 78th meeting in a rivalry that dates back to 1941, but after this season, Maryland will move to the Big Ten.
The Terrapins are back at the College Cup for the second year in a row -- they lost to a shootout to Georgetown after a wild 4-4 tie --
while the Cavaliers return for the first time since winning their sixth title in 2009.
The Maryland-Virginia meeting in the regular season ended in a 3-3 tie, while the ACC championship
game went to Maryland, 1-0, on an own goal.
MARYLAND. Maryland has not lost since suffering a 4-3 home defeat to Wake Forest on Oct. 19. The
Terrapins, who take a 10-game winning streak in the semifinals, are led by 2012 MAC Hermann Trophy winner Patrick Mullins (16 goals, 8 assists) and sophomore
Schillo Tshuma (6 goals).
The Terrapins are a very young team, starting four freshmen, including U.S. U-20 keeper Zack Steffan, and three sophomores. That youth cost them early in the season, but they are finding their form just in time.
99 Zack Steffen FR. Downingtown, Pa.
3 Michael Sauers FR. Glen Arm, Md.
5 Mikey Ambrose SOPH.
22 Suli Dainkeh FR. Reston, Va.
28 Chris Odoi-Atsem FR. Mitchellville, Md.
7 Dan Metzger JR. Staten Island,
11 Mikias Eticha JR. Falls Church, Va.
12 Jereme Raley JR. St. Inigoes, Md.
31 Tsubasa Endoh SOPH. Japan
Mullins SR. New Orleans, La.
23 Schillo Tshuma SOPH. Zimbabwe
9 Alex Shinsky JR. York, Pa.
10 Sunny Jane SR. Prospect,
20 Jake Pace SR. Columbia, Md.
VIRGINIA. Virginia is playing in its 33nd consecutive NCAA tournament, the longest active streak in Division
I soccer. Twelve of the Cavaliers' 19 foes reached the NCAA tournament, and they played two final four teams -- Notre Dame and Maryland -- twice.
The Cavaliers are also young, starting
only one senior. Five players have five or more goals, but none has more than seven. Philadelphia product Darius Madison, who saw some time with the U.S. U-20s,
is one of UVa's most dangerous threats.
18 Calle Brown JR. Leesburg, Va.
4 Matt Brown JR. Charlotte, N.C.
6 Scott Thomsen SOPH. Brick, N.J.
13 Kyler Sullivan JR. Stafford, Va.
15 Kevin McBride SR. Fairfax, Va.
7 Todd Wharton SOPH. Glen Allen, Va.
8 Jordan Allen FR. Rochester, N.Y.
11 Eric Bird JR. Virginia Beach, Va.
21 Ryan Zinkhan JR.
9 Darius Madison SOPH. Philadelphia, Pa.
16 Marcus Salandy-Defour SOPH. Kensington, Md.
2 Zach Carroll SOPH. Grand Blanc, Mich.
5 Bryan Lima JR. Boca Raton, Fla.
10 Nicko Corriveau FR. Potomac, Md.
12 Riggs Lennon FR.
Paradise Valley, Ariz.