Nov. 11, 2012
November 11, 2012
#6 Maryland (17-5)
#4 Connecticut (19-2)
Game Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Storrs, Conn. (George J. Sherman Family-Sports Complex)
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The winner of the Terps-Huskies game will advance to next weekend's NCAA Semifinals, which will be played at 2 p.m. or 4:30 next Friday in Norfolk, Va. at Old Dominion University.
Scouting The Terps
The defending national champion Maryland is ranked No. 6 in the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I National Coaches poll released Tuesday. The Terrapins are coming off of their eighth national title and a 19-4 overall record last year.
|2012 Maryland Terrapins: 17-5, 3-2 ACC (Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I National Coaches poll #6)|
|Roster||Schedule||Statistics||Digital Media Guide|
The Terps used their dominant defense to cruise past No. 13 Lafayette, 2-0, in the NCAA First Round Saturday.
Maryland's defense held the Leopards without a shot for 56 minutes. The Terps outshot them 17-2, and had seven penalty corenrs without allowing one. It was Maryland's ninth shutout of the season.
Freshman Anna Dessoye scored 3:27 in from five yards out, then junior Jill Witmer added to the Terps' lead with just over 10 minutes to play.
Scouting The Huskies
UConn is 19-2 overall and went 4-1 in Big East play this year. The Huskies are ranked No. 4 in the NFHCA poll.
|2012 Connecticut Huskies: 19-2, 4-1 Big East (Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I National Coaches poll #4)|
Boddy leads the Huskies with 16 goals and 38 points. Chloe Hunnable has 39 points off 14 goals and 11 assists.
Maryland is 3-1 all-time vs. Connecticut. Most recently, the Terrapins won 3-1 in the NCAA Second Round in College Park on Nov. 14, 2010. They would go on to win their seventh NCAA title. The Huskies' only win in the series was a 2-0 victory in the NCAA Second Round on Nov. 10, 1985 in Storrs.
NCAA Tournament History
This will be Maryland's 25th NCAA Tournament appearance and 18th straight.
The Terrapins own an NCAA Tournament record of 52-16 (.765) - more wins that any other school in the country.
Under Meharg, Maryland is 14-6 all-time in Second Round play.
The Terps have played in 15 Final Fours and 11 National Championship games.
This year's senior class has played in three Final Fours and three NCAA Championship games, winning two (2010, 2011).
In last year's NCAA Championship game, the Terrapins trailed top-seeded UNC 2-0 with four minutes to play. Katie Gerzabek scored off a pass from Harriet Tibble from the corner to make it 2-1 with 3:46 to play. With 17 seconds left in regulation, the Terps earned a penalty corner and scored with 00:00 on the clock to force overtime. In the 81st minute, Jill Witmer came in as a sub and immediately took the ball, streaked down the field and scored for the win.
Play the Best
Due to being in the toughest conferences in the nation, the Terrapins play one of the strongest schedules in the country.
The Terps have battled 8 of the 16 teams that participated in the 2011 NCAA Tournament. So far, they are 7-4 vs. those teams.
Maryland is 11-5 against ranked teams this year.
Head Coach Missy Meharg
The 2010 and 2011 NFHCA National Coach of the Year and ACC Coach of the Year, Missy Meharg returns for her 25th season at the helm of the successful Terrapin field hockey program. Her current career record is 449-111-9 (.797). Below is a breakdown of just a few of her highlights since she took the reins in 1988:
Seven-time National Champions
Nine ACC Titles
Nine NFHCA Coach of the Year honors
Six ACC Coach of the Year awards
14 NCAA Final Four Appearances
Seven Honda Awards won by five players
88 All-ACC selections
14 ACC Players of the Year
Seven ACC Rookies of the Year
The Terrapins welcome a newcomer and a returnee to the program in 2012. Marvin Bam joins as an assistant coach/technical director and Katie O'Donnell comes on board as a student assistant coach.
Bam comes to College Park after playing and coaching professionally in South Africa and the United Kingdom. As a member of the the South African hockey team, Bam played in over 30 international tournaments and test series, as well as the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2006 and 2002 Men's World Cups. He has worked with six hockey clubs between the UK and South Africa as director and head coach.
O'Donnell is the most decorated player in Maryland hockey history. The four-time ACC Offensive Player of the Year and four-time First Team All-American recently started for Team USA in the London Olympics. She led the Terps to two national titles (2008, 2010) and three ACC titles (2008, 2009, 2010) in her career in College Park.
Oh Captain, My Captain
Seniors Megan Frazer and Janessa Pope will serve as the Terrapins' captains for the 2012 season. Both have been on the Terps' 2010 and 2011 NCAA championship teams.
Frazer, a midfielder from Derry, Northern Ireland, is the 2011 Honda Sports Award winner, an All-American and was one of two team captains last season.
Pope, a native of Harrisburg, Pa., was a key member of the Terps' championship run last season and has been an active team leader for years.
Terps Bring in Postseason Accolades
Megan Frazer, Harriet Tibble and Jill Witmer were all named to the All-ACC Team earlier this week. All are three-time honorees.
Frazer earned the nation's top individual honor last year in the Honda Award. The senior co-captain has 26 points on the season and is in the top 10 of the league in shots (61), goals (9) and assists (8).
Tibble was a Second Team NFHCA All-American last season. She has 12 assists on the year. She has anchored a Maryland defense that is second in the country in shutouts with nine in 22 games played.
Witmer was a First Team NFHCA All-American last season. She leads the Terrapins in scoring this year with 14 goals. She also has nine assists for a team-high 37 points. She is in the top 10 of the league in goals, assists and points.
Frazer and fellow senior co-captain Janessa Pope were both named to the NFHCA Senior Game, which will be held Nov. 17 in Norfolk, Va.
Frazer, Witmer and freshman Sarah Sprink were all named to the All-ACC Tournament Team. Sprink scored four goals in the Terps' ACC Tournament run and was just the fourth player in history to score four or more goals in a single tournament.
Home Sweet Home
Since its opening in 2003, the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex has provided the Maryland hockey program a huge home field advantage.
The Terps are 115-13 (.898) all-time at the Complex.
Maryland won 38 straight games at the Complex from Oct.11, 2008 through Oct. 14, 2011. The streak ended with a 5-2 loss to then-No. 1 Old Dominion.
The Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex has played home to 20 of Maryland's NCAA Tournament games, including two Final Fours (2007, 2010). The Terrapins are 19-1 in those games and won the 2010 national title on their home field.
Pack the House
The Maryland field hockey team has increasingly attracted more and more fans to the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex season after season.
An NCAA record crowd of 2,381 came out to watch as Maryland beat North Carolina 3-2 in double overtime for the 2010 national championship at the Complex.
The Terrapins have led the ACC in attendance for five straight years. In 2011, Maryland averaged over 450 fans per game in College Park and over 5,400 fans saw the Terps in action.
|2012 Terps When...|
|vs. Top 5 opponents||0-4|
|vs. Top 10 opponents||2-5|
|vs. Top 25 opponents||11-5|
|vs. unranked opponents||6-0|
|vs. 2011 NCAA Tournament teams||7-4|
|Leading at half||13-2|
|Trailing at half||1-2|
|Tied at half||3-1|
|Maryland has more shots||17-2|
|Opponent has more shots||0-2|
|Shots are tied||0-1|
|Maryland has more saves||0-3|
|Opponent has more saves||14-1|
|Saves are tied||3-1|
|Maryland has more corners||13-4|
|Opponent has more corners||0-1|
|Corners are tied||4-1|
|Maryland scores first||16-0|
|Opponent scores first||1-4|
|Games decided by one goal||2-4|
|Games decided by 2-4 goals||8-1|
|Games decided by more than 4 goals||7-0|
Meharg Named ESPNU/ESPN The Magazine Top 20 Recruiter
Terrapin head coach Missy Meharg was named one of college athletics' top 20 recruiters by ESPNU/ESPN The Magazine in January.
"ESPNU AND THE MAGAZINE asked an all-star panel a seemingly simple question: Who are the top 20 recruiters in college sports? We spoke with three dozen experts, from Mag college football Insider Bruce Feldman to volleyball legend Karch Kiraly to women's World Cupper Cat Whitehill. Turns out, baseball coaches aren't the only ones pulling roster magic from a hat half-filled with scholarships."
|ESPNU/ESPN The Magazine Top 20 Recruiters||Coach||School||Sport|
|1. Pat Henry||Texas A&M||Track/Cross Country|
|2. Anson Dorrance||North Carolina||Women's Soccer|
|3. Ed Orgeron||Southern California||Football (Asst.)|
|4. Chris Dailey||Connecticut||Women's Basketball (Asst).|
|5. Missy Meharg||MARYLAND||FIELD HOCKEY|
|6. Mike Krzyzewski||Duke||Men's Basketball|
|7. Russ Rose||Penn State||Women's Volleyball|
|8. Barton Burns||Alabama||Football (Asst.)|
|9. Jay Clark||Georgia||Women's Gymnastics|
|10. Chad Holbrook||South Carolina||Baseball (Asst.)|
|11. Dan Jordan||Alaska||Rifle|
|12. John Calipari||Kentucky||Men's Basketball|
|13. Mike McGraw||Oklahoma State||Men's Golf|
|14. Jovan Vavic||Southern California||M/W Water Polo|
|15. Thad Matta||Ohio State||Men's Basketball|
|16. Kelly Inouye-Perez||UCLA||Softball|
|17. Mike LoPresti||Fairleigh-Dickinson||Women's Bowling|
|18. Tosh Lupoi||California||Football (Asst.)|
|19. Kelly Amonte Hiller||Northwestern||Women's Lacrosse|
|20. J Robinson||Minnesota||Wrestling|
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