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Previewing Maryland’s 2018 Schedule

Can the defending champions repeat?

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The Maryland Terrapins are the 26th team in our 2018 schedule preview series and the third team from the Big Ten. The Terps won it all last year for the first time since 1975, thanks to Tewaaraton winner and La Salle College High School product Matt Rambo.

Here’s the entire 2018 schedule:

Maryland’s 2018 Schedule

Date Road Team Home Team Special Notes Last Year's Meeting(s)
Date Road Team Home Team Special Notes Last Year's Meeting(s)
1/27 Georgetown Maryland Scrimmage
2/4 Maryland Virginia Scrimmage
2/10 Navy Maryland 15-12 W
2/13 Marist Maryland First ever meeting
2/17 Maryland High Point 19-5 W
2/21 Penn Maryland First meeting since 2016 (13-8 W)
3/3 Notre Dame Maryland 5-4 L
3/10 Albany Maryland 12-11 W, 18-9 W
3/17 Maryland Villanova 13-12 L/OT
3/24 Maryland North Carolina Pacific Coast Shootout (in Costa Mesa, California) 15-7 W
3/31 Maryland Michigan Big Ten 15-8 W
4/8 Maryland Penn State Big Ten 15-11 W, 8-6 W
4/15 Rutgers Maryland Big Ten 13-12 W/3OT
4/22 Ohio State Maryland Big Ten; Rematch of Big Ten Championship and NCAA National Championship 11-10 L/OT, 10-9 W, 9-6 W
4/28 Maryland Johns Hopkins Big Ten 12-5 W

Gone at St. Joe’s and Yale. Replacing them are Marist, for the first time in program history, and Penn, after that series took a one-game hiatus.

Let’s check out some notable games on this schedule:

Best Nonconference Game: vs. Albany

The Terps took both meetings last year, including a 12-11 won in Albany. They dominated the second meeting in the NCAA Quarterfinals, but without Rambo, Colin Heacock, Dylan Maltz, Tim Muller, and others from last year’s title team, could the Great Danes pull out the win in College Park?

Best Conference Game: @ Johns Hopkins

Many people forget that besides losing to unranked Princeton 18-7 on the road and unseeded Duke 19-6 at home in the NCAA Tournament, Hopkins lost to Maryland 12-5 on the road. The Terps have won three straight against the Blue Jays, the first time that’s happened since the early 1960s. Can they make it four in a row at Homewood Field?

Under The Radar Game: vs. Navy

Do not overlook the first game of the season for Maryland. Navy is eager to come out strong after a disappointing 2017 season filled with injuries. The Mids lost to the Terps by three goals last year in Annapolis without the services of Casey Rees. Keep this game up on your gameday setups.

Possible Upset: @ Villanova

The Wildcats did it last year at Maryland Stadium, and I wouldn’t be shocked if they did it again on the Main Line. But if Maryland can convert on the extra possessions from winning face-offs (they went 19-of-29 from the X last year), that could be the difference in the game.