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Cirovski, Mullins Land Top ACC Honors

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GREENSBORO, N.C.  Maryland head coach Sasho Cirovski and junior Patrick Mullins were named the 2012 Atlantic Coast Conference Coach and Offensive Player of the Year, respectively, Thursday.

In addition to Cirovski and Mullins, five other Terps earned All-ACC honors. Senior John Stertzer was named to the first team for the second straight season and seniors Taylor Kemp and London Woodberry, in addition to freshmen Mikey Ambrose and Schillo Tshuma, landed on the second team. Ambose and Tshuma also represented Maryland on the ACC All-Freshman Team.

Cirovski, who is in his 20th season at the helm of the Terrapin program, led Maryland to its best start in program history (14-0-1) en route to its first conference regular season championship since 2005.  The award is Cirovski's third at Maryland and first since 2005. He is one win shy of 300 with the Terps.

Mullins garnered top offensive honors after a spectacular junior campaign in College Park which has seen the New Orleans, La., native set career highs in goals (12), assists (8) and points (32). Mullins is the first Terrapin to rack up top conference player honors since Omar Gonzalez was named ACC Defender of the Year in 2007. The captain led the ACC in points per game, goals per game and game-winning goals.

Stertzer has been the backbone for the Terps all season long, racking up seven goals and six assists while mentoring a young midfield. The Oakton, Va., product tallied NSCAA Third Team All-America honors as a junior and is a candidate for the MAC Hermann Trophy as a captain for the Terps in 2012.

Kemp and Woodberry have been vital to the backline in 2012.  Kemp, a MAC Hermann Trophy candidate from Highlands Ranch, Colo., missed the majority of the season due to injury but has since returned and played a key role in the ACC quarterfinals against Virginia Tech Tuesday. Woodberry, a native of McKinney, Texas, has anchored the Terrapin defense as one of the top centerbacks in the nation.  Maryland has surrendered a mere 17 goals all season and boasts eight shutouts.  It is the second straight second-team nod for both players.

Ambrose and Tshuma are just two members of a phenomenal rookie class which has accounted for 15 goals and 13 assists in 2012. Ambrose, a defender from Frisco, Texas, is the only Terrapin to start all 18 matches. He's also aided offensively, tallying one goal and five assists.  Tshuma, a forward from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe via  Alexandria, Va., has been a dominant offensive force for the Terps in his first season in College Park, racking up seven goals, including three game-winners. 

Top-seeded Maryland travels to Germantown, Md., for a semifinal match against Clemson Friday night at 8 p.m. at the Maryland SoccerPlex. Click here for more information on the 2012 ACC Men's Soccer Championship. http://www.umterps.com/sports/m-soccer/spec-rel/110712aac.html

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