Sept. 4, 2008
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Fresh off a big Labor Day weekend which saw the Terps win a pair of games in the Keystone State, the second-ranked Maryland field hockey team opens the home slate against No. 8 Old Dominion on Friday, September 5 at 3 p.m. Free parking will be available in Lots 11b or 9c, all other surrounding lots are permit only until 4 p.m.
Friday's Terps-ODU game can also be watched on ACC Select and heard on WMUC Radio at www.umterps.com.
The Terps defeated Lock Haven to open the season, 5-0, then followed up with a 1-0 decision over top-10 foe Penn State on Monday. Senior captain Susie Rowe (London, England/Colfe's School) had a big weekend, leading the Terps with a pair of goals and an assist in the two games.
Making the first starts of her career, junior Alicia Grater (Gilbertsville, Pa./Boyertown Area) has already answered many questions. Taking over the reigns for three-time All-American goalkeeper Kathryn Masson, who graduated after last season, Grater has not allowed a goal in her first two appearances of the campaign, playing all 140 minutes.
A traditional powerhouse, the eighth-ranked Old Dominion Lady Monarchs come into Friday's action winless, dropping both opening-season games, including a 2-0 setback to the Nittany Lions. ODU also fell to Syracuse, 5-0, in a neutral-site game. The Orange will face the Terps next weekend in the Terrapin Classic.
The Terrapins have won the last five meetings against the Monarchs, dating back to the national semifinals of the 2005 NCAA Tournament in Louisville, Ky. In the first of two regular-season meetings between the teams, Maryland will try to inch closer to evening the series record, trailing 22-20-1 all time. The series began in 1982 and they have met at least twice a season since 1999. The second clash of the 2008 campaign is slated for Friday, Oct. 17 in Norfolk, Va.
All Maryland field hockey home games are played at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex off of Paint Branch Road. Admission to games are free. Parking is open beginning at 2 p.m. in Lots 11b or 9c. All other lots require a parking permit and will be ticketed.
After Friday's game, the Terrapins travel to No. 9 Michigan on Sunday, September 7.
SCHEDULE UPDATE: Fans, please note a schedule change for the 2008 Terrapin Classic. Delaware and Syracuse will get the second day of competition, Sunday, Sept. 14, started at 12 p.m. Maryland will follow, taking on Northwestern no earlier than 2 p.m.