Terps Celebrate Season with Banquet

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland field hockey team honored its six seniors and celebrated the 2013 season and ACC Championship at its annual banquet Sunday at the Marriott Inn & Conference Center.

The coaching staff honored the six seniors for their outstanding record of 80-13 (.860), four Final Fours, two NCAA titles and two ACC championships.

Senior co-captain Ali McEvoy was awarded the Kate Kauffman-Beach Award, an honor that goes to a player that epitomizes the "world class" hockey player that demonstrates the technical and tactical skills coupled with the heart of a champion.

Natalie Hunter received the Sabrina Salam Award, an honor given to an upper classman that demonstrates an elite level of quality of life academically, socially, athletically and spiritually while exemplifying a championship lifestyle.

The Kateri Simon Award is the team's Unsung Hero honor. Katie Gerzabek was named the recipient as the athlete that has persevered in times of adversity and has displayed courage while bringing positive energy to all team sessions.

Junior Maxine Fluharty received the Carla Tagliente Award, the honor given to the student-athlete that displays excellence on the field and in the classroom.

Senior Jill Witmer was honored with the Keli Smith Award. She was the player who was the team's 'straight shooter'. She was named as the player that wears her emotions on her sleeve and sets her sights on achieving the high level goals she sets for herself.

Co-captain Brooke Cabrera and Kasey Tapman received the Dina Rizzo Award, an honor that is not given every year, but only when athletes deserve it, for those that lead by example with passion and commitment to winning.

Members of the team were honored with their Varsity letters for their performances this season and the seniors were granted their membership to the M Club.

Last week, five Terrapins were named All-Americans in Witmer, McEvoy, Fluharty, Hunter and Sarah Sprink.

The Terps advanced to their sixth straight Final Four this fall and 16th under head coach Missy Meharg. They went 22-2 on the year and won the program’s 10th ACC title over No. 3 North Carolina in Boston last month.

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