Feb. 27, 2009
NEW YORK - For a fourth consecutive season, the Maryland field hockey team has invaded New York and come away with a victory. The 2008 national champions claimed the Big Apple Tournament last weekend with a 3-1 decision over ACC rival Virginia.
Senior Emma Thomas was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player after scoring back-to-back penalty corner goals to put the Terrapins up for good in the championship game. Sophomore Katie O'Donnell added some insurance with another shot ripped home off a penalty corner.
Maryland battled back from a 1-0 halftime deficit in the final.
Junior goalie Alicia Grater allowed just two goals through the semifinal and final, as the Terps defeated GOA Reds, 5-1, in the semis. Junior Nicole Muracco was a dominant force on offense in the victory, scoring three goals.
Although several members of the junior class excelled during the weekend, it was junior Alexis Pappas who, along with the Cavaliers' Virginia Early, was named Dita's Most Promising Junior. From her spot in the midfield, Pappas helped keep the ball in the Terrapins' possession and prevented the Reds and Cavaliers from putting too much pressure on the back lines.