Sports Briefs

Headed to World Cup

Former UMD men’s soccer player Rodney Wallace helped his native Costa Rica land a spot in the 2018 World Cup taking place in Russia in June. In the 95th minute of a qualifying match against Honduras, he assisted on a header that drew a tie and punched Costa Rica’s ticket to the finals. Wallace, a standout midfielder for the Terps, recorded 10 goals and four assists in two years, including the 2008 NCAA championship. He now plays for New York City FC, scoring 23 goals over an eight-year career.

Kicker Makes History

UMD football placekicker Henry Darmstadter MBA ’18 set a school record Sept. 9 with nine extra points in a 63–17 win over Towson. Two weeks later, he kicked a career-high 51-yard field goal in a 31-24 win over Minnesota. The former Georgetown kicker set records in field goals made and field goal percentage, twice receiving second-team all-Patriot League honors.

Basketball Alum Honored

Former Terps basketball star Joe Smith was honored in October at the Naismith Trophy 50th anniversary celebration. Smith received the trophy, awarded to the nation’s top men’s and women’s college basketball players, after the 1994–95 season, when he averaged 20.2 points per game and led the Terps to the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA tournament. The No. 1 pick in the 1995 NBA draft by the Golden State Warriors, Smith averaged 10.9 points per game and 6.4 rebounds over a 16-year career.


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