COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland field hockey team honored its six seniors and celebrated the 2017 season with its annual banquet Sunday at the Marriott Inn and Conference Center in College Park. The Terrapins also celebrated their run t the NCAA title game.
Supporters, friends and family honored the six seniors in Brooke Adler, Marissa Cutry, Carrie Hanks, Lein Holsboer, Layne Litsinger and Maddy Ulery for their outstanding careers. They earned a record of 71-20. This class is the first in program history to play all four years in the Big Ten. They won the 2014, 2015, 2016 Big Ten regular season titles and the 2015 Big Ten Tournament title, then advance to the Final Four and national championship game.
Maryland won 11 of 13 games to end the season to make a run to its 18th NCAA Final Four as a program. The Terrapins picked up nine wins over ranked teams, including five over top 10 teams. That stretch included four straight victories over ranked opponents with wins over No. 25 Ohio State, No. 6 Penn State, No. 3 Virginia and No. 21 Rutgers.
Maryland then beat Wake Forest and won at second-seeded Duke to make the semifinals of the NCAA Division I Tournament, where the Terps took out third-seeded Michigan by a 5-1 final to advance to the championship.
Maryland fell in a close 2-1 contest to top-seed Connecticut in the national title game and finished the season with a 16-7 record.
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. Several members of the team were honored with individual awards, named after legendary players in the program.
Hanks 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.
Adler received the Sabrina Salam Award, an honor given to an upperclassman that demonstrate 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. Junior Sabrina Rhodes was named the recipient as the athlete that has persevered in times of adversity and has displayed talent, courage and perseverance while serving the team as her first priority.
Hanks also received the Carla Tagliente Award, the honor given to the student-athlete who has most consistently displayed excellence on the field and in the classroom by her commitment to preparation and execution.
Holsboer was honored with the Keli Smith Puzo 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.
Freshman Kyler Greenwalt received the Dina Rizzo Award, an honor that is not given every year, but only when an athlete truly deserves it, for those that lead by example with passion and commitment to winning. This player inspires everyone through a contagious work rate, a passion for her teammates and deep-rooted love for the game of field hockey.
Cutry was awarded the first-ever Laura Lemire Award. The inaugural Laura Lemire Award will be given annually in her name reflecting the extraordinary life Laura LeMire led. Laura leaves an incredible legacy behind at the University of Maryland as one of the most decorated student athletes in time. Laura was a member of the M Club Hall of Fame and first female President of the M Club. She lettered in field hockey, lacrosse and track and earned All-American honors in field hockey and lacrosse
Holsboer and Hanks earned NFHCA All-America honors in December and the Maryland coaching staff of Missy Meharg, Katie Bam, Marvin Bam and Stefanie Fee was named NFHCA Mid Atlantic Regional Staff of the Year.