April 22, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The defending national champion Maryland field hockey team has announced the commitment of two new players, Megan Frazer and Tara Zollinger, for next year's team. The mid-forwards will join an offense which finished second in the nation last season with 4.79 goals per game.
Derry, Northern Ireland Midfielder/Forward
Foyle & Londonderry College
Out of Foyle and Londonderry College in Northern Ireland, Megan Frazer was the team's top goal scorer in 2006 and 2007. Her squad claimed a league title in each of her first three seasons, finishing in the semifinals of the Schools Cup in 2007. Frazer, who served as the team captain at Foyle and Londonberry as a senior, also played with the Ulster Senior team which won the Ulster Schools Cup in 2008-09.
With the Ulster Senior team, Frazer led them to the finals of the All-Ireland Tournament and earned Player of the Tournament distinction last year.
The Derry & District Young Sportswoman of the Year as a freshman in 2005-06, Frazer played with the Irish national teams for four years, helping them take a bronze medal at the U16 European Games in 2006. She made her way to the Irish Senior National Team by the end of the 2007-08 season, competing with the team at the Senior Celtic Cup.
Also a skilled soccer, cricket and rugby player, Frazer played her club hockey with Ballymoney HC. She is the daughter of Margaret and Wilson Frazer.
Why I chose Maryland: "Maryland was the first choice for me. With the great field hockey program and academic levels, along with the diversity on campus, it is something I definitely want to be a part of."
Meharg on Frazer: "Megan Frazer is one of the most exciting and powerful attackers I have seen in her age group," Meharg said. "As a young member of the Irish National team she has a variety of game and training experiences that will positively influence the Terps this fall. Megan hails from Northern Ireland where Terp alumna #8 Lynsey McVicker (class of 1997) also is from. Lynsey was an All-American and three-time All-ACC for Maryland. Megan, like Lynsey, will be known for her speed and passion for competition."
Pittsburgh, Pa. Midfielder/Forward
A four-year letterwinner at Hempfield High School outside of Pittsburgh, Tara Zollinger earned first-team All-WPIAL recognition in 2006 and 2007. She was well on her way to another such distinction in her senior season of 2008 when she opted to train and play for Club San Andres in Buenos Aires rather than finish her high school season. Nevertheless, her outstanding play while with Hempfield was good enough to earn her honorable mention All-WPIAL.
A midfield/forward, Zollinger participated in the USA Futures program from 2005 through 2009, playing in the National Field Hockey Festival from 2006-08. With her club team, East Coast Field Hockey, she gained exposure to international hockey on tours of Germany and Barbados. Zollinger also participated in the Junior Olympics in 2007.
In addition to field hockey, Zollinger excelled at lacrosse, lettering three years and leading the team in scoring all three seasons. The daughter Gwyn and Matthew Zollinger, she was also an honor roll student at Hempfield.
Why I chose Maryland: "After visiting Maryland, I knew I wanted to become a part of the excellence the team exhibits on and off the pitch. I know this coaching staff and this university will enable me to become the best student athlete I can be."
Meharg on Zollinger: "Tara Zollinger is a very skillful defensive midfielder from Pittsburgh. Her technically advanced ball skills coupled with being a great team player brings strength to our program. Tara has experienced hockey seasons in South America and Western Europe, as she has a passion for the international game and the cultural learning that comes with it. She will be able to use this knowledge in her transition to Maryland hockey in August. Tara follows Terp alumnae and All-ACC performers Heather Lewis (class of 1985) and Jessica Wilk (class of 1986) who also hailed from Pittsburgh."
Maryland announced seven new Terrapins in February. More information on them can be found here.