Sept. 26, 2008
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The third-ranked Terrapin field hockey team travels to undefeated and No. 1 Wake Forest this Saturday, Sept. 27. Game time has been changed to a noon start. The Demon Deacons are not only the top-ranked team in the nation, but are also undefeated. Meanwhile, Maryland, who has just one loss, is looking to remain perfect in conference play. The Terps return home on Sunday, Sept. 28 to host Richmond. Both games this weekend can be heard on Maryland's WMUC Sports at www.wmucsports.com.
The Terps (7-1, 1-0) have had a week to prepare for the matchup, after defeating No. 12 Boston College in the ACC opener. Maryland hits the road this weekend for the first time since traveling to Ann Arbor, Mich., on Sept. 7. Wake Forest, however, will be facing one of the most potent offenses in the nation in Maryland, who also boasts a solid defense to back it up. The Terrapins are third in the country averaging 4.63 goals per game, while the defense is second with a 0.75 team goals against average.
Maryland is led by this week's ACC Player of Week Susie Rowe (London, England/Colfe's School), who has scored a team-high 10 goals, including three game winners, so far this season. Sophomore Katie O'Donnell (Blue Bell, Pa./Wissahickon) is not far behind with nine goals and is the team's points (27) and assists (9) leader. O'Donnell ranks in the top 10 in the nation in points per game (5th, 3.38), goals per game (9th, 1.13) and assists per game (4th, 1.13). Rowe is fifth with 1.25 goals per game and eighth with 3.13 points per game. On the defensive side of the field, junior Alicia Grater (Gilbertsville, Pa./Boyerstown Area) is third, nationally, with a 0.38 goals against average.
The Deacons (8-0, 1-0) are in the top 15 in the country in goals scored, averaging 3.25 per game, and goals against average at 1.16. Five of Wake Forest's victories have come against teams ranked in the top 20, including four top-10 victories. WFU boasts balanced scoring, with four players tallying at least four goals, led by Hilary Moore's seven scores. Goalkeeper Crystal Duffield has played every minute in the cage for Wake.
The game marks the third-straight ranked opponent the Terrapins face, already battling six top-20 foes this campaign. After Saturday's matchup in Winston-Salem, N.C., Maryland returns home to face Richmond on Sunday, Sept. 28 at 2 p.m. The Spiders are coming off back-to-back overtime contests, including a 3-2 setback to No. 7 James Madison.
Admission and parking to Sunday's game at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex is free.