Terps Earn 23rd Straight NCAA Tournament Bid

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The Maryland field hockey team (13-6) earned its 29th NCAA Tournament bid Sunday night. The Terps will take on Wake Forest (12-7) in the First Round Saturday at 2 p.m. at Duke’s Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium in Durham, N.C.

Duke (16-3), the No. 2 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament, will play either Stanford (13-7) or Miami (Ohio) (11-8) after those two teams compete in a play-in game Wednesday. The Duke matchup will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. The winners of Saturday’s First Round games will play Sunday afternoon in the NCAA Quarterfinals.

Four Big Ten teams earned NCAA bids, including the Terrapins, Michigan, Penn State and Northwestern. Click here for the full NCAA Tournament bracket.

This marks the Terrapins’ 23rd straight NCAA Tournament appearance, which is the longest active streak in the nation. Maryland is 57-21 (.731) in the NCAA Tournament.

In the 30 years under head coach Missy Meharg, the Terrapins have made 27 NCAA Tournament appearances. She’s helped the Terps to eight NCAA championships, including seven as head coach, and 16 Final Fours.

No. 7 Maryland fell to No. 5 Penn State (16-3), 3-2, in the Big Ten Tournament Semifinals Friday afternoon at Michigan State. The Terrapins battled to tie the game twice behind goals by junior Sabrina Rhodes and Big Ten Freshman of the Year Bodil Keus, but a score by the Nittany Lions with 3:59 remaining was the difference.

Maryland has scored 29 goals in the last eight games. They scored 26 in their previous 11 games to start the season. Six Terrapins have scored five goals or more.

In the month of October, the Terrapins won seven straight games, including four over ranked opponents.

Head coach Missy Meharg is in her 30th season as head coach of the Terrapins. She’s led them to a record of 540-134-9 (.798), seven NCAA titles, 23 conference titles and 16 Final Fours. She has been named NFHCA National Coach of the Year an unprecedented nine times in her career.