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#9 Laura Merrifield
Position: Midfield
Height: 6'1"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Hertfordshire, England
High School: St. George's School

As a Senior: IWLCA First Team All-American...ACC Championship Most Valuable Player after scoring five goals to drop North Carolina and capture the team's third consecutive league crown...All-ACC selection...also garnered Nike National Player of the Week honors for her work in Cary...tabbed to Tewaaraton Watch List...named ACC Offensive Player of the Week (3/8) after scoring a season-best five goals against No. 5 Virginia (3/4)...also notched three goals against No. 20 Boston College (3/20) and four vs. No. 10 James Madison (3/26)... hampered by illness and injury early in the season...the captain has played in 15 games this season...put up three-plus goals in wins against No. 8 Penn (4/1), No. 4 North Carolina (4/8) and No. 12 Princeton (4/13)...third on the team in goals with 45...also registered 18 draw controls, 18 ground balls and 10 caused turnovers.

As a Junior in 2010: Started in all 23 matches for the national champion Terps...named to ACC All-Tournament team...tallied 27 goals in her junior campaign while adding five assists for 32 points...scored multiple goals on eight occasions, including hat tricks against Stanford (3/25) and Virginia (4/23)...netted two scores against top-ranked North Carolina to help lift Maryland to its second straight ACC Tournament title (4/25)...had a season-high four ground balls against Princeton (4/14)...scored two goals and added a pair of draw controls against Syracuse in the national semifinals (5/28).

As a Sophomore in 2009: Second Team Regional All-American...represented England in the 2009 FIL World Cup in Prague...two-time ACC Player of the Week (3/2, 4/7)...scored five goals in her first game in 2009 after she missed the first two games with a shoulder injury in a win against Duke (2/28)...fell one-goal shy of the Maryland single-game record with eight goals in a win against Penn State (4/3) in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge...scored multiple goals in 12 matches in 2009...also tallied 28 draw controls, 15 groundballs and 12 caused turnovers...ended the season ranked third on the team in goals with 46, including three game-winners.

As a Freshman in 2008: Played in 17 contests, registering ten goals and one assist...tallied her first collegiate goal and assist against Boston College (2/24)...netted two scores in a win against #17 Dartmouth (3/15)...also helped Maryland to a victory in the NCAA Tournament against Temple (5/11) with a goal.

Prep: Member of the U-19 All-World Team and was a co-captain of the U-19 England squad ... member of the senior England team from 2005-09 ... top goal scorer for the English in the U-19 Prague Cup.

Personal: Laura Ann Merrifield was born on May 5, 1988 ... daughter of Linda and Christopher Merrifield ... has an older brother, Matthew ... chose Maryland for its world class coaching staff ... majoring in kinesiology.

Merrifield's Career Statistics
Year GP/GS Goals Assists Points Draw
Controls
Caused
Turnovers
Ground
Balls
200819/010111263
200920/1946349281215
201023/2327532191420
201119/1945550181018
Total 80/6012814142674256

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