A Well-Rounded Tradition. That's what the University of Maryland Field Hockey Program has established inits 22 seasons of competition. Maryland is the home of 28 All-Americans and 33 Terrapins have receivedAcademic All-America honors in the six years of selections. The school's record boasts a winningpercentage of 65 percent, eight NCAA Tournament appearances and two national titles. It's a tradition the1996 squad plans on continuing.
This year's team is looking to go one better, after finishing 1995 as runner-up to the national championship. Missy Meharg earned ACC Coach of the Year honors and led her 1995 squad to a 19-5 record before theseason ended one game short of the ultimate prize in the national championship game.
But 1996 welcomes a well-seasoned squad with 10 of 11 starters returning from last season. This year'steam has a wealth of experience and adds Olympic back Katie Kauffman and All-Big Ten defender CarolynSchwarz as well as a group of talented freshmen.
The forward position will be led by the natural speed and athleticism of All-American Sarah Rosenwinkel. Accompanying her will be the patience and experienced goal-scoring of Nadine Bennett, Megan Callahan andKasey Jo Heiser.
The midfielders will control the tempo to instill an attacking, tenacious, unrelenting force to makegoal-scoring a team expectation. A pair of outstanding runners with incredible skills and shooting desire,All-America Christine DeBow and ACC MVP Lynsey McVicker, will generate speed in the transition gamefrom endline to endline. Sophomore Jen Pratt will fill in the midfield position with her excellent ability tofeed the ball to the frontline.
The Terrapin defense is all about maturity, poise and talent. The sides will be controlled by the exceptionalmarking abilities of Sara Salam and Sara Forbes, while All-Americans Tricia Burdt and Katie Kauffman willhold the center defense. Alana Eliwatt returns to the goal after a great season as the starter in 1995.
The game of field hockey has changed for this fall with the offsides penalty now eliminated. This changewill increase scoring, the space on the field and the overall intensity which is an exciting prospect for theTerrapins. With the new rule and the competitiveness of the schedule, Maryland's key to success will bethe depth of the squad, keeping fresh players on the field at all times. Sophomore Ellen Wolf and Universityof Michigan transfer Carolyn Schwarz have the experience to challenge for starting positions and are keysto the depth found in the Terrapin roster.
High speed, fast pace and the Terps' run & gun style will be the goal of this team. All field players will beattackers and defenders equally. Maryland has the talent, the athletes and the attitude to have fun and win!