BALTIMORE —- One of the relatively unnoticed oddities of Maryland’s run to the NCAA final is the fact the Terrapins (13-4) have done nearly all of their best work on the road this season.
Maryland is 8-1 away from College Park and just 5-3 in the apparently not-so-friendly confines of Byrd Stadium. That includes the Terps’ first three-game skid at home since 1993.
Yet with eight wins in a row on someone else’s field —- five in true road games and three in neutral site affairs like Saturday’s 9-4 defeat of Duke —- Maryland has uncorked its best stretch outside of College Park in nearly four decades.
The Terps can tie the second-best road/neutral run in program history with a defeat of Virginia on Monday. The school record, set over a five-year span in the 1950s, is 12 and will have to wait until next year even if Maryland hauls home its first national title since 1975.
Maryland’s all-time winning streaks away from College Park of at least eight games (N-neutral site game):
12: 1954-58 (Hopkins 54, Loyola 55, Navy 55, Army 55, Duke 56, Navy 56, Virginia 56, Hopkins 56, Navy 57, Penn State 58, Virginia 58, Duke 58)
9: 1972-74 (Hopkins 72, Duke 73, Baltimore 73, Navy 73, Virginia 73, Hopkins 73-N, Duke 74, North Carolina 74, Army-74)
8: 1965-67 (North Carolina 65, Duke 65, Penn State 66, Army 66, Virginia 66, Hopkins 66, Princeton 67, Baltimore 67)
8: 2011 (Towson, Virginia, Navy, North Carolina-N, Duke, North Carolina, Syracuse-N, Duke-N)
—- Patrick Stevens