Sept. 19, 2008
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Coming off a thrilling win earlier this week, the second-ranked Terrapins are looking to build on their two-game win streak opening ACC action this Saturday, Sept. 20 against No. 12 Boston College at 1 p.m. Fans are advised to arrive early to the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex because of increased traffic on campus due to the Maryland football game, also slated for 1 p.m. There will also be a $15 fee to park on campus.
A special guest will be attending the game on Saturday. U.S. Olympic team member and former Terrapin Lauren Powley (Mountaintop, Pa.) will be recognized during halftime of the contest and will participate in an autograph session at the conclusion of the game. Powley helped the United States field hockey team to its first Olympic Games since 1996, also playing in the Games in Beijing, China. She was also a member of the 2005 NCAA Championship squad at Maryland.
The Eagles enter this weekend's contest undefeated, boasting a 5-0 mark, sweeping games in the Northeast part of the country, including wins over Massachusetts (3-2), Vermont (4-1), Quinnipiac (2-0), Holy Cross (4-0) and against Boston University (4-2), who was ranked in the top 20 in the first couple weeks of the season.
BC's defense is rock-solid, boasting a 0.75 goals against average entering the week, which ranked fifth-best in the nation. Julia Berkowitz, an All-ACC standout last year, is the leader in the cage with a 0.81 GAA. Bob Dirks is the team's goal-scoring leader, tallying eight goals and 18 points. Three of those goals were in BC's victory over BU earlier this week.
The Terrapins have faced a tough non-conference schedule, to date, boasting a 6-1 record, with four of those wins coming against ranked opponents. On Wednesday, Maryland defeated No. 14 American, 2-1, at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex. Sophomore Katie O'Donnell (Blue Bell, Pa./Wissahickon) has recorded seven goals and team-highs of eight assists and 22 points to lead the squad. Senior Susie Rowe (London, England/Colfe's School) is not far behind, knocking in a team-best eight goals and 20 points overall.
The offense has outscored its opponents, 32-6, in seven games, but the backfield has been equally as strong. Led by goalkeeper Alicia Grater's (Gilbertsville, Pa./Boyerstown Area) 0.79 goals against average through 445 minutes of playing time. The defense has not allowed more than one goal in all but one this season, including two shutouts.
Saturday's game will also be broadcast by Maryland's WMUC Sports on their website at www.umterps.com.