COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Five members of the Maryland field hockey team earned All-America honors from the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Monday. Maxine Fluharty, Natalie Hunter, Ali McEvoy, Sarah Sprink and Jill Witmer all made NFHCA All-American teams.
McEvoy and Witmer, the ACC Defensive and Offensive Players of the Year, made the First team, while Hunter made the Second Team. Fluharty and Sprink earned Third Team honors. Maryland landed more All-Americans than any other ACC team and was tied with Connecticut with five.
"Having five Terps recognized as All-Americans is a testament to the depth and talent of the entire team and the program," head coach Missy Meharg said. "This year's team set a new standard creating some of the very best hockey played in College Park. It takes a village to consistently take good to great and this group grew every day together. We look forward to celebrating the team's success and the seniors this coming Sunday at our annual banquet."
Witmer is the sixth four-time All-American in Maryland history and first since Katie O’Donnell was honored in 2007-10. Witmer made the First Team as a sophomore in 2011 as well and the Second Team in her freshman and junior years. She led the nation’s top offense in scoring this year with 19 goals and nine assists for 47 points in 21 games played.
This is the first NFHCA All-America honor for Fluharty, Hunter, McEvoy and Sprink.
Fluharty finished with 12 goals and seven assists on the year, including three game-winners. McEvoy and Sprink served as the Terps’ field captains, leading a defense with seven shutouts, including the ACC championship victory over No. 3 North Carolina. McEvoy scored nine goals with 11 assists this year and Sprink scored nine as well with five assists.
Hunter led the ACC in goals against average (1.17) and was among the league’s best with her 77 percent save percentage.
McEvoy and Witmer were also named the National Defensive and Offensive Players of the Year by womensfieldhockey.com and both, along with Hunter made that All-America First Team as well. Fluharty made the womensfieldhockey.com Second Team and Sprink made the Third Team.
Maryland went 22-2 on the year, won its 10th ACC title and advanced to its sixth straight Final Four and 16th under Meharg. The Terrapins will celebrate the 2013 season with their annual banquet Sunday.