Men's Soccer: Tigers tackle top-seeded, No. 4 Maryland tonight in ACC semifinal

Thomas McNamara. Jack Melcalf, Kyle Fisher earn All-ACC honors

Clemson's Kyle Fisher (2) celebrates after scoring the winning goal in the Tigers' 2-1 ACC Tournament first-round win over North Carolina at Riggs Field Tuesday night.

Photo by Mark Crammer

Clemson's Kyle Fisher (2) celebrates after scoring the winning goal in the Tigers' 2-1 ACC Tournament first-round win over North Carolina at Riggs Field Tuesday night.

The Clemson men's soccer team will play fourth-ranked Maryland in the ACC Tournament Friday night at 8:00 p.m. at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown, MD. The match can be seen on ESPN3.

Clemson, seeded fourth in the tournament had a dramatic 2-1 victory over North Carolina in the ACC Quarterfinal round Tuesday night. The Tigers' T.J. Casner and Kyle Fisher both scored in the last 15 minutes of regulation giving the Tigers the victory.

The Tigers are 11-6-2 on the year and are led in scoring by Thomas McNamara with seven goals and eight assists for 22 points. Teammate Ara Amirkhanian has six goals and three assists for 15 points.

Maryland has an 11-3-5 record overall. This week, Maryland is ranked as high as fourth in the latest polls. The Terrapins defeated Boston College 2-0 in their quarterfinal match. The Terrapins are seeded first in the ACC Tournament.

This will be the 56th meeting between Clemson and Maryland on the soccer field. The Tigers lead the overall series that began in 1967, 31-22-2.

Tigers on ACC team: Three Clemson men’s soccer player were named All-Atlantic Coast Conference as announced by the league office Thursday.

Thomas McNamara was named to the first team. He becomes the first Clemson first- team player since Dane Richards was honored in 2006. McNamara has been a catalyst for the Tigers this season. The team captain is the Tigers’ leading scorer with seven goals and eight assists for 22 points. The native of West Nyack, NY is a graduated student at Clemson as he graduated from Brown.

The Tigers’ Jack Metcalf and Kyle Fisher were both named to the third team.

Metcalf, a senior from Liverpool, England is a four-year starter for the Tigers. The midfielder has started 17 matches this season and has two assists.

Fisher, a native of Easley, S.C., has been a stalwart in Clemson’s defense this year. Fisher scored the game winner against North Carolina in the Tigers’ 2-1 victory in the ACC quarterfinals.

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