The Diamondback’s best sports stories of 2019

(Julia Nikhinson and Gabby Baniqued/The Diamondback)

FOOTBALL

Nick Cross didn’t play football until high school. Now he stars for Maryland’s secondary.

In Maryland football’s ongoing rebuild, Mike Locksley is focused on the “small victories”

Maryland football’s senior class endured turmoil, but it takes solace in how it united

“Every day it’s a struggle”: One year later, Jordan McNair’s death is still raw

Parents of heatstroke victims come together to mourn and prevent further tragedy

MEN’S BASKETBALL

In hopes of cementing a spot in the rafters, Anthony Cowan is back for Maryland basketball

Maryland basketball forward Jalen Smith turned his hatred for losing into motivation

No more pizza in CP: How Maryland men’s basketball cuts out junk to shape up their bodies

After Maryland basketball’s win over Belmont, Mark Turgeon can breathe easier

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Since regaining her starting role, Blair Watson has been a spark for Maryland basketball

Ashley Owusu has shouldered a high workload early for Maryland basketball

Four years after winning a DII title, Kaitlynn Fratz is a Maryland basketball assistant

Brenda Frese “never got into coaching for wins.” Now, she has 500 of them.

MEN’S LACROSSE

With a Maryland flag in hand, men’s lacrosse is reminded of its state pride each game

Maryland and UVA men’s lacrosse coaches split on allowing replay after controversial goal

Cancer prevented Josh Rubinstein from playing lacrosse, but Maryland keeps him close to it

WOMEN’S LACROSSE

Maryland women’s lacrosse overcame its imperfections to win an NCAA title

For Maryland women’s lacrosse, its Big Ten title is another trophy on a cluttered shelf

“The ultimate G.O.A.T”: Cathy Reese sets the Maryland women’s lacrosse record with 261 wins

Jen Giles learned from Maryland lacrosse greats. Now she’s creating her own legacy.

When Katherine Golladay has a story to tell, Maryland lacrosse stops and listens

Megan Taylor carried Maryland women’s lacrosse back to the top

MEN’S SOCCER

Maryland men’s soccer’s international talent has bolstered the team on and off the pitch

Eli Crognale, the youngest in a soccer-filled family, has made his own name at Maryland

With parents visiting from Germany, Johannes Bergmann scores first Maryland soccer goal

WOMEN’S SOCCER

How Maryland soccer’s Anissa Mose went from international dance competitions to the pitch

“She means a lot to this team”: Maryland soccer rewarded Andi Wenck with her first start

Maryland women’s soccer’s 3-0 win over Princeton left the team with plenty to smile about

BASEBALL

After sluggish start, AJ Lee has led Maryland baseball’s run to the Big Ten tournament

Tyler Blohm’s return to the mound is a promising sign for Maryland baseball

Hovering around .500, Maryland baseball believes it’s “really close” to a breakthrough

With a new mindset, Randy Bednar is raking for Maryland baseball

FIELD HOCKEY

Maryland field hockey’s international players are key for the program’s development

When Maryland field hockey meets Iowa, the Maguires will be on both sidelines

Intertwined on the pitch and off it, Maryland field hockey expresses itself with braids

A trip to Germany helped Kelee Lepage step up her game for Maryland field hockey

GYMNASTICS

Alex Robinson missed 2 seasons, but resurrected her Maryland gymnastics career as a senior

A fiery coaching staff keeps Maryland gymnastics motivated

“The sky’s the limit”: With a rough stretch behind it, Maryland gymnastics is thriving

SOFTBALL

Leaving La. Tech was hard, but Mark Montgomery aims to uplift Maryland softball

Sydney Golden is trying to pave the way for Maryland softball’s turnaround

Bailey Boyd thought she was done with softball. Now, she’s a staple in Maryland’s lineup.

VOLLEYBALL

A love for baseball molded Adam Hughes into Maryland volleyball’s stat-loving coach

Katie Myers’ past injuries have only made her stronger for Maryland volleyball

Steve Aird is coming to town, but Maryland volleyball is staying focused on itself

In its final homestand, Maryland volleyball was once again tasked with overcoming injury

WRESTLING

Maryland wrestling’s transition with new coach Alex Clemsen is an ongoing process

‘Get in on it now’: Alex Clemsen wants to build excitement around Maryland wrestling

A brain malformation hasn’t stopped Ryan Cole from inspiring Maryland wrestling

With another All-American finish, Youssif Hemida cemented his Maryland wrestling legacy

TRACK & FIELD

“If you’re asleep, wake up”: Maryland track & field continues to pile up program records

Kameron Jones holds 3 Maryland track and field records. Now he’s eyeing the Olympics.

GOLF

Maryland women’s golf has a chance to continue a strong season in NCAA tournament

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