Sept. 12, 2008
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The top-ranked Maryland field hockey team prepares or a full weekend, hosting the 12th-annual Terrapin Invitational, Saturday-Sunday, September 13-14. The Terps welcome some of the nation’s top teams, including seventh-ranked Syracuse, No. 14 American, the Big Ten’s Northwestern and the CAA’s Delaware. Admission to the games are free, however, there will be a $15 charge for parking on Saturday, due to the Maryland football game slated for 12 p.m. Parking for Sunday’s games is free.
Saturday’s games begin at 11 a.m., with a big matchup between the Terps and the Orange. Both sport undefeated records at 4-0. The teams have beaten a combined five ranked opponents since the start of the season two weeks ago. The game also pits two old colleagues. Syracuse coach Ange Bradley was an assistant coach at Maryland under 21-year mentor Missy Meharg, helping the Terps capture the 1999 National Championship. Fans are asked to arrive early, as there will be a higher volume of traffic for the football game.
At 1 p.m., Northwestern and American will close out the day at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex. The Eagles have participated in the tournament every year except 2001, while the Wildcats are making the trip East for the third time for the tournament. AU is coming off a 3-1 setback to No. 15 Duke and is 2-2 on the season, while NU has won three in a row, including a 3-0 decision over Georgetown on Thursday at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex. The Wildcats are 3-2 so far.
On Sunday, Delaware (0-4) makes the short trip South to take on Syracuse at noon. Maryland then battles Northwestern at approximately 2 p.m. The game can also be viewed on ACC Select. Links will be provided for the video, as well as, audio feeds. Both Terrapin field hockey games will be broadcast by WMUC Sports. Parking on Sunday will be free and open.
The Terrapins’ game against Syracuse is the third-straight vs. a top-10 opponent. Sophomore Katie O’Donnell (Blue Bell, Pa./Wissahickon) swept all the weekly honors this week, earning ACC Player of the Week, ECAC Player of the Week and www.womensfieldhockey.com National Player of the Week. She leads the Terps with seven goals and 16 points.