Dec. 7, 2008
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Just weeks after winning her third national title in four years at Maryland, senior Susie Rowe is looking to add one more line to her illustrious resume, as she was named one of four finalists for the Honda Award, an honor given annually to the game's top player.
On a dominating national championship team, Rowe stood out all season. The back did it all for the Terrapins, setting a program record with 74 points and tying the all-time mark for goals scored with 28.
Rowe put up the gaudy statistics while leading a defense which allowed just 1.27 goals per game, good enough to earn her ACC Defensive Player of the Year recognition.
After the conclusion of the season, Rowe was named a first-team NFHCA All-American, the third time in her career she earned that honor. She is just the sixth Terp to be a three-time first-team All-American.
Early on, it was evident that this would be a special season for Rowe. The native of London, England doubled her previous career high with four goals in a 10-1 rout of Northwestern, adding an assist for nine total points. It was the highest total for any Terp all season.
The Terps' top scorer all year, Rowe saved her best for the end of the season. In the ACC Tournament, her goal and an assist in the semifinal against Virginia helped earn her Tournament MVP honors. Also the MVP when Maryland won the tournament in her freshman season of 2005, Rowe became just the fifth player in league history to be a repeat honoree.
In the NCAA Tournament, the co-captain refused to let her team lose. In double overtime of the semifinal against Iowa, Rowe fed an inbounds pass to sophomore Katie O'Donnell on a penalty corner. O'Donnell swept it home to give Maryland a 2-1 lead.
In the championship game, Rowe once again had a key assist when her pass to junior Nicole Muracco led to a game-tying goal midway through the first half. Later in the game, Rowe took care of the scoring herself when she ripped home a shot off a penalty corner, the eventual game-winner.
Rowe was one of four Terps named to the All-Tournament Team.
The Honda Award winner will be announced later this week.