Maryland alumni, student-athletes prepare for annual U.S. event
ne of only two four-time All-Americans in Terrapin field hockey history, Maryland’s all-time leading goals and point scorer Carla Tagliente brings her impressive collegiate and international playing experience to the field hockey sideline. Tagliente, who has been a member of the U.S. National Field Hockey Team since 1997, will assist the Terps during practice sessions and game situations while continuing her residency program with the U.S. in preparation for the 2002 FIH World Cup.
Tagliente was the complete student-athlete during her four-year career with the Terrapins. She closed out her college tenure as a finalist for the Honda Award and a three-time Verizon/GTE CoSIDA Academic All-American. She started every game of her collegiate career, finishing with a school-record 73 goals and 187 points. Tagliente was named to the All-Region and All-ACC squads four times and was voted ACC Rookie of the Year in 1997.
Tagliente’s involvement with the U.S. Field Hockey Team dates back to 1997. She was a member of the qualifying team for the 2000 Sydney Olympics, and played with the senior national team in the 2001 Korea Telecom Cup and Americas Cup as well. And finally, after the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, delayed the U.S. National Team’s World Cup qualifier, Tagliente and her American teammates edged India in a three-game series in June. Tagliente, as well as fellow Maryland alums Katie Kauffman (’97), Keli Smith (’01) and Dina Rizzo (’02) will join the Stars & Stripes at the World Cup in Perth, Australia, from Nov.28-Dec. 8, 2002.
After serving as a student-assistant coach under Meharg last season, Tagliente graduated summa cum laude with a degree in marketing and finance in December of 2001. She delivered the commencement address for the Robert H. Smith School of Business, and was one of three Terrapins awarded with the Atlantic Coast Conference’s prestigious Weaver-James-Corrigan Postgraduate Scholarship.