LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The ninth-ranked Maryland field hockey team (16-6) will take on No. 1 Connecticut (22-0) in the NCAA Championship game Sunday at 2 p.m. at Louisville's Trager Stadium.
• The Maryland-Connecticut game will be streamed live online at NCAA.com.
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• This is Maryland’s 23rd straight NCAA Tournament appearance - the longest active streak in the country. The Terps have made 29 NCAA Tournament appearances and are 60-21 (.741) all-time in NCAA Tournament games, which is the highest Tournament winning percentage in the nation. Missy Meharg is 56-20 (.737) all-time in NCAA Tournament games. This is Maryland’s 18th Final Four, 17th under Meharg and first since 2013.
• As a program, Maryland has won eight NCAA titles (1987, 1993, 1999, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011) and seven under Meharg. She was an assistant with the 1987 team and took over in 1988. Old Dominion has won nine field hockey NCAA titles to lead all teams. This is the Terps’ 12th appearance in the NCAA title game.
• The Terrapins handled No. 3 Michigan, 5-1, Friday in the NCAA Semifinals. Madison Maguire scored four minutes into the match. She finished with two goals, Bodil Keus scored twice and Linnea Gonzales scored as well.
• Maryland has scored 39 goals in the last 11 games. They scored 26 in their previous 11 games to start the season. Six Terrapins have scored five goals or more.
• Senior Lein Holsboer and junior Linnea Gonzales were named to the All-Big Ten First Team. Senior Carrie Hanks made the All-Big Ten Second Team and Bodil Keus was voted Big Ten Freshman of the Year. Holsboer and Hanks made the All-Big Ten Tournament Team.
• Head coach Missy Meharg is in her 30th season as head coach of the Terrapins. She’s led them to a record of 543-134-9 (.798), seven NCAA titles, 23 conference titles and 17 Final Fours. She has been named NFHCA National Coach of the Year an unprecedented nine times in her career.
Scouting the huskies
• No. 1 Connecticut is 22-0 this year. The Huskies beat No. 4 North Carolina, 2-1, in a shootout Friday in the NCAA Semifinals. Goalkeeper Nina Klein made 13 saves.
• Charlotte Veitner is leading Connecticut with 32 goals and 12 assists this year.
• Maryland is 5-1 all-time vs. Connecticut and 3-1 vs. the Huskies in the NCAA Tournament. The Terps have won the last five straight matchups, dating back to 2000.
• Most recently, the Terps bet No. 1 Connecticut, 2-1, in College Park on Oct. 23, 2016. The Huskies scored in the fifth minute for the early lead, then the Terps scored twice before halftime for the win.
Maryland in the rankings
• Maryland was tabbed as the No. 9 team in the country in the Penn Monto/Division I Coaches poll released Nov. 7.
Penn Monto/Division I Coaches Poll
1. Connecticut (38)
2. Duke (3)
4. North Carolina
6. Penn State*
12. Wake Forest
14. Boston College
15. Saint Joseph's
18. James Madison
19. William & Mary
20. Boston University
* denotes Big Ten team | Terps' 2017 opponents in italics
Three Terps Selected To Big Ten Players To Watch List
• Hanks has been a leader of the Terrapins’ defense the last three years, starting in all 69 games of her career. She’s scored nine goals with 12 assists in her career. Hanks was named to the NFHCA All-Mid Atlantic Region Second Team for the second straight season last year.
• Holsboer earned NFHCA Third Team All-America honors last season, as well as All-Big Ten Second Team honors. She has 11 career goals and 24 career assists in her 68 career games.
• Gonzales was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2015. She has notched 20 career goals and six assists. The junior also earned NFHCA All-Mid Atlantic Region honors the last two seasons.
• Katie Bam, a two-time Olympian, played for the Terrapins from 2007 through 2010, leading them to the 2008 and 2010 NCAA championships, as well as three ACC titles. A four-time NFHCA All-American, Bam was named ACC Player of the Year all four years of her career, and won the Honda Sports Award as the nation's top player twice. She represented the United States in the 2012 London and 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
• Marvin Bam brings over 20 years of experience as a player and a coach to College Park. In 2017, he served as an assistant at Harvard and helpe the Crimson to its first Ivy League title since 2004.As a player, Bam earned 98 international caps, competing in over 30 international tournaments. A native of South Africa, Bam represented his home country in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, as well as at the 2002 and 2006 World Cups, the African Cup Championship and the Commonwealth Games.
terps in the b1g
The Terrapins joined the Big Ten conference in 2014, after playing in the ACC for 31 years. Big Ten field hockey is the largest conference in the history of the sport in the NCAA with nine teams - Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Rutgers and Maryland.
• The Terps are 118-38-3 (.752) all-time against Big Ten opponents.
• Head coach Missy Meharg is 101-18-1 (.846) vs. Big Ten opponents in her 30 years at the helm of the Maryland field hockey program.
• Since joining the league in 2014, the Terps are 28-4 in conference play.
• The Terrapins are 39-3 (.927) vs. Big Ten teams at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.
• The Terrapins won the first Big Ten title for the University of Maryland with a 4-1 win over No. 14 Iowa on Nov. 1, 2014 in College Park.
• Maryland defended its first Big Ten title when it clinched the 2015 regular season crown with a 1-0 overtime win vs. Indiana on Oct. 23.
• The Terrapins won their first Big Ten Tournament title with a 5-1 win over second-seeded and 10th-ranked Michigan on Nov. 8 in the final. Welma Luus scored four goals in the match and broke a Tournament record with seven in the three-game run.
HOME SWEET HOME
Since its opening in 2003, the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex has provided the Maryland hockey program a huge home field advantage.
• The Terps are 168-21 (.889) all-time at the Complex.
• Maryland won 38 straight games at the Complex from Oct.11, 2008 through Oct. 14, 2011. The streak ended with a 5-2 loss to then-No. 1 Old Dominion.
• The Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex has played home to 26 of Maryland's NCAA Tournament games and has played host to three Final Fours (2007, 2010, 2014). The Terrapins are 23-3 in those games and won the 2010 national title on their home field.
PACK THE HOUSE
• The Maryland field hockey team has increasingly attracted more and more fans to the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex season after season. The Terrapins have led the nation in attendance in five of the last seven years.
• An NCAA-record crowd of 2,381 came out to watch as Maryland beat North Carolina 3-2 in double overtime for the 2010 national championship at the Complex.
terps on national teams
• Eight Terrapins, former and present, are currently on USA Field Hockey’s national team rosters.
• Jill Witmer competed with Team USA in the Rio Olympics last summer, along with volunteer assistant coach Stefanie Fee.
overtime is terps time
During Missy Meharg's tenure, the Terrapins have become one of the nation's most dangerous teams in overtime.
• The Terps are 64-25 (.719) all-time in games that went to overtime or penalty strokes.
• In Meharg's tenure, the Terps are 53-21 (.716) in overtime or penalty strokes games.
• The Terps are 14-1 in overtime or shootout games in the NCAA Tournament.