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No. 2 Clemson Hosts No. 10 Maryland in NCAA Elite Eight Friday

No. 2 Clemson Hosts No. 10 Maryland in NCAA Elite Eight Friday

Match Information:

What: 2015 NCAA Elite EightWho: No. 2 National Seed Clemson Tigers (17-2-2) vs. No. 10 National Seed Maryland (12-5-5)When: Friday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m.Where: Historic Riggs Field, Clemson, S.C.RPI: Clemson – No. 2; Maryland – No. 13NSCAA Rankings: Clemson – No. 3; Maryland – No. 12Follow: @ClemsonMSoccer on Twitter and InstagramLive Video: ESPN3 ( Stats: ( Tickets: (

Ticket Details & Promotions 

  • Tickets are available for sale on now ( and will be available at the gates on game day.
  • All Clemson students receive free admission with their valid CUID.
  • All Clemson faculty and staff receive free admission with their valid CUID.
  • Fans can receive free admission by showing their ACC Football Championship Game ticket for the Saturday, Dec. 5 game vs. North Carolina OR their Clemson men’s basketball ticket for the Sunday, Dec. 6 game vs. Wofford.

Clemson Team Notes: 

  • The Tigers have reached the NCAA Elite Eight for the 13th time in program history, and the first time in 10 years, since the 2005 season.
  • The Tigers have reached the NCAA College Cup seven times in program history. Two of those seasons, 1984 and 1987, Clemson won the national title.
  • The program has a 50-25-2 all-time record in the NCAA Tournament, and, with its 50 wins in tournament play, is sixth in NCAA Tournament history in that category.
  • Clemson is coming off a 3-2 victory over No. 15 National Seed UC Santa Barbara in the NCAA Elite Eight on Nov. 29 at Historic Riggs Field. Junior defender Aaron Jones, sophomore forward Diego Campos and redshirt senior forward Kyle Murphy each scored for the Tigers in the win.
  • The team is ranked in the top three in the nation in six scoring categories – first in assists per game (2.29), second in points per game (7.14), scoring office (2.43) and total assists (48) and third in total goals (51) and total points (150).

Clemson Player Notes:

  • Senior leaders Paul Clowes and Kyle Fisher were named two of 15 semifinalists for the 2015 MAC Hermann Trophy on Monday, Dec. 1.
  • Seven Clemson players were honored by the ACC when it announced its 2015 award winners on Tuesday, Nov. 10. Senior Paul Clowes was named ACC Midfielder of the Year and senior Kyle Fisher was named ACC Defensive Player of the Year. Clowes and Fisher were joined on the All-ACC First Team by senior T.J. Casner and redshirt junior Andrew Tarbell. Junior Iman Mafi and sophomore Oliver Shannon were named to the All-ACC Third Team, and rookie Patrick Bunk-Andersen was named to the ACC All-Freshman Team.
  • Senior T.J. Casner leads the team in goals (10) and points (24). The 10 goals put him in third in the ACC, while his goals per game average of 0.48 is also third in the conference.
  • Six other Tigers have at least 10 points on the season, redshirt senior Kyle Murphy (20), junior Austen Burnikel (16), junior Iman Mafi (16), sophomore Oliver Shannon (13) junior Thales Moreno (12) and sophomore Diego Campos (12).
  • Redshirt junior goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell is 17-2-2 in goal for the Tigers, registering 69 saves and allowing just 17 goals on the season, while playing over 1,924 minutes in the net. The 69 saves are most in the ACC, while his eight solo shutouts are tied for first among conference keepers.

Maryland Notes:

  • Maryland is 12-5-5 overall and finished 3-2-3 in regular season play in the Big Ten.
  • The Terrapins are coming off a 2-1 victory on the road at No. 7 Notre Dame in the NCAA Sweet 16 on Nov. 29. Ivan Magalhaes and Eryk Williamson scored the two goals in the Maryland win, while Cody Niedermeier recorded one save and the win in goal.
  • Eryk Williamson leads the Terps in scoring with 17 points on six goals and five assists. Three other players, Mael Corboz, Tsubasa Endoh and Sebastian Elney have 16 points apiece on the season.
  • Cody Niedermeier has an 11-4-5 record and has played 1,914 minutes in goal this season, tallying 56 saves and nine solo shutouts, while allowing just 17 goals.

Series Notes:

  • Clemson has a 31-23-2 all-time advantage in the series against Maryland, including an 18-7-1 record in matches played at Historic Riggs Field.
  • The most recent meeting between the two teams was in 2013, the Terrapins’ final year in the ACC. The two teams met in the ACC Tournament semifinals in Germantown, Md. on Nov. 15, 2013, and then No. 4-ranked Maryland defeated the unranked Tigers 1-0 in overtime. Current Tigers Andrew Tarbell, Kyle Fisher, Paul Clowes, Austen Burnikel, T.J. Casner, Thales Moreno and Alex Happi all saw action in the game. Tarbell played all 99 minutes in goal and recorded six saves.