Oct. 3, 2008
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Top-ranked Maryland field hockey will be back on the field for the first time since ascending to the top of the polls traveling to Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday, Oct. 4 to take on the No. 10 Virginia Cavaliers at 11 a.m. The game can be heard on Maryland's WMUC Sports Radio at www.wmucsports.com. Links will be provided at www.umterps.com.
The Terrapins (9-1, 2-0 ACC) will be paced by the last two ACC Players of the Week. Sophomore Katie O'Donnell (Blue Bell, Pa./Wissahickon) tallied three goals and two assists in victories over then-No. 1 Wake Forest and Richmond last weekend. O'Donnell, who has now earned the distinction twice this season, assisted on the game-winning goal against the previously undefeated Demon Deacons and added a goal of her own to seal the victory.
O'Donnell's nabbing of the ACC Player of the Week honor is the second-straight by a Terrapin. Senior Susie Rowe (London, England) earned the award Sept. 23 for her defensive dominance in wins over No. 14 American and No. 12 Boston College, as well as, scoring .
Maryland earned the nation's top ranking with its 4-2 victory at Wake Forest last Saturday. It followed that up with a 7-0 thumping of Richmond in College Park the following day.
The Cavaliers (10-2, 1-0) are also coming off a big win over Richmond, having defeated the Spiders 7-1 on Wednesday. Prior to that, they fell to Boston University, 3-2 in penalty stokes.
The contest features two of the top five defensive teams in the country. Maryland sits third with a 0.80 goals against average, while Virginia is fifth, allowing 0.94 goals per game. The Terps will have to try to get through UVA keeper Amy Desjadon, who has the best GAA in the country at 0.64.
Maryland also boasts the second-best offense in Division I, tallying 4.80 goals per game.
The Terps and Cavaliers will be meeting for the 51st time, the most times Maryland has faced any opponent. The Terps lead the all-time series, 31-19. Last season, they shut out Virginia in College Park, 4-0. Junior goalkeeper Alicia Grater (Gilbertsville, Pa./Boyertown Area) racked up four saves in the game's final 20 minutes to preserve the shutout, including three in a one-minute span.
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