Sept. 16, 2008
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The second-ranked Maryland field hockey team returns to action this Wednesday, Sept. 17, taking on No. 14 American at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex. It will be the fourth ranked opponent the Terrapins will see since the start of the season, which was just over two weeks ago. The game can be heard on the WMUC Sports' website at www.wmucsports.com.
The Terrapins are coming off one of their most prolific scoring games since 2001 and are looking to continue on the winning track after dropping their first game of the season two games ago to No. 2 Syracuse. After scoring four goals against Northwestern on Sunday, senior All-American captain Susie Rowe (London, England/Colfe's School) leads the team with four goals scored. Sophomore All-American Katie O'Donnell (Blue Bell, Pa./Wissahickon) is the team's points and assist leader, claiming eight and 22, respectively, and is second with seven goals. She handed out a school-record six helpers, four to Rowe, in the win over Northwestern.
A brewing rivalry, which has seen the two teams ranked in the top 20 in the nation over the last four years, Maryland leads the all-time series, 30-1, with four of the last six meetings being decided by two goals or less. American's only win over the Terps came during the regular season in 2004.
American is 3-2 on the season, after defeating Northwestern on the first day of the Terrapin Invitational on Saturday. The Eagles' two losses have come to top-10 ranked opponents (No. 6 Iowa and No. 9 Duke). Christine Fingerhuth leads AU with four goals and 10 points. Six more players have scored at least a goal, including three who have tallied two in their five games.
With the new national rankings released Tuesday, the Terrapins dropped to No. 2 in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association poll. The Terps boast the second-best offense in the nation, averaging 5.0 points per game and 5.0 points per game. Their +4.17 scoring margin is also second in the country. O'Donnell, who led the nation last year in points per game, is second at 3.67, while Rowe is ranked fifth in the category at 3.33. Rowe is also fourth in goals per game (1.33). Junior goalkeeper Alicia Grater (Gilbertsville, Pa./Boyerstown Area) is ranked fifth in the country with a 0.75 goals against average.
Free parking will be available starting at 2 p.m. in Lots 11b and 9c, which are adjacent to the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex. All other lots are restricted until 4 p.m. Admissions to the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex are free.