Field Hockey Celebrates Graduation Day

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. –  Four members of the University of Maryland field hockey team completed their bachelor’s degrees this semester and celebrated with graduation ceremonies Thursday and Friday in College Park.

Christine Knauss (chemistry and biology), Welma Luus (kinesiology) Shelby Sydnor (economics) and Hayley Turner (art history) all completed their studies at the University of Maryland this spring. Ali McEvoy (family science) graduated in December.

 “Maryland provides a diverse, ever-changing world which over four years gives student-athletes a service-oriented approach to winning,” head coach Missy Meharg said. “We are very proud of Christine, Shelby, Hayley, Welma and Ali. Once a Terp, always a Terp.”

The field hockey program was honored by the NCAA earlier this month with the Academic Performance Program (APP) Public Recognition Award as a result of outstanding academic performance. 

Each year, the NCAA honors selected Division I sports teams by publicly recognizing their latest multiyear NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR).  This announcement is part of the overall Division I academic reform effort and is intended to highlight teams that demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes by achieving the top APRs within their respective sports.  The Maryland field hockey squad earned a multi-year score as reported in the most recent 2012-2013 APR data ranking it in the top 10% of its sport.

“Maryland has given me more opportunities and experiences than I could have imagined,” Knauss said. “I’m so proud to be graduating from this school. Once a Terp, always a Terp.”

“I just want to thank my coaches first of all,” Luus said. “They’ve been so supportive of me with academics and with playing two sports. I just want to thank the school for giving me the opportunity to come here from so far away in South Africa. It’s a great opportunity and you get so much from this school.”

“I’ve had the most incredible four years at such an amazing university,” Turner said. “The memories and friendships will last a lifetime and I am so proud to have been a Terp. I thank everyone who made it possible.”

This year’s senior class compiled a record of 81-13 (.862) since 2010. They went to the Final Four every year, won two NCAA championships and two ACC titles in addition to their 12 academic honors through the years.

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened,” Sydnor said.