#2 Maryland Plays at #7 UMass Sunday

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Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013

#2 Maryland (9-0, 2-0)


#7 Massachusetts (7-3)

Game Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: Amherst, Mass.
Stadium: Richard F. Garber Field
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Scouting The Terps

• Maryland is ranked No. 2 in the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I National Coaches poll. The Terrapins are coming off of their 16th overall Final Four appearance and fifth straight.

2013 Maryland Terrapins 9-0, 2-0 ACC (Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I National Coaches poll #2)
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• Maryland is coming off of two hard-fought wins last weekend. They beat No. 15 Wake Forest, 4-1, Friday night and Michigan, 2-0, Sunday. Senior Ali McEvoy led the way with a goal in each game. Sophomore Anna Dessoye and junior Katie Gerzabek each had a goal and an assist in the two games.

• On Friday, the Terrapins came from behind twice to win at No. 9 Boston College, 3-2. Sarah Sprink scored Maryland first two goals that each tied it up, then Hayley Turner scored the gamewinner with 17 minutes to go.

• Senior Jill Witmer leads the Terrapins with 18 points this year off of a team-high seven goals and five assists. She left Saturday morning to join the U.S. Senior National Team in Mendoza, Argentina for the Pan American Games. She will miss the Terps' games at No. 17 Boston College and at No. 7 Massachusetts as she tries to help Team USA earn a bid to the 2014 World Cup. Terrapin all-time leading scorer Katie O'Donnell is also with Team USA.

• Maryland leads the country in scoring average (5.63), goals scored per game (5.63), assists per game (4.13), and points per game (15.38).

• In their seven games of the season, 15 different Terrapins have scored and 11 have scored two goals or more. Senior Jill Witmer recently earned her way on to Maryland's career scoring list. She sits at No. 10 with 55 goals scored in her four years. Twelve Terps have notched an assist. In all, Maryland has 35 assists on 45 goals scored so far this year.

Scouting The Minutewomen

• UMass is 7-3 on the year. The Minutewomen won five straight games to start the year. Brooke Sabia is leading UMass with 11 goals this year.

2013 Massachusetts Minutewomen 7-3, 0-0 A10 (Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I National Coaches poll #7)
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• Last year, UMass went 15-9 overall. The Minutewomen won the Atlantic 10 title, then fell to Syracuse, 4-2, in the NCAA Tournament First Round.

• UMass head coach Carla Tagliente played at Maryland under head coach Missy Meharg and current volunteer assistant Steve Simpson from 1997-2000. She was also a teammate of Dina Rizzo's. She was Maryland's all-time points leader (187) and goals leader (73) until Katie O'Donnell broke those records in 2010. Carla was a four-time NFHCA All-American and was a part of the 1999 national championship team and three ACC championship teams.

• Maryland is 13-0 all-time vs. Massachusetts. The Terps beat the Minutewomen, 5-0, last September in College Park. Ali McEvoy scored Maryland's opening goal off a corner, then Anna Dessoye scored twice to expand the lead before halftime. | RECAP

Play the Best

The Terrapins will play one of the strongest schedules in the country.
• The Terps will play nine games against eight of the other 15 teams in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. They are 3-0 vs. those teams.
• The Terrapins will face off against all three of the other 2012 Final Four teams in Princeton, North Carolina and Syracuse.
• Maryland will play 12 of the teams ranked in the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Preseason Poll in 13 regular season games. So far, Maryland is 5-0 vs. ranked teams.

Head Coach Missy Meharg

The 2010 and 2011 NFHCA National Coach of the Year, Missy Meharg returns for her 26th season at the helm of the successful Terrapin field hockey program. Her current career record is 459-112-9 (.799). Below is a breakdown of just a few of her highlights since she took the reins in 1988:

• Seven-time National Champions
• Nine ACC Titles
• Nine NFHCA Coach of the Year honors
• Six ACC Coach of the Year awards
• 15 NCAA Final Four Appearances
• Seven Honda Awards won by five players
• 88 All-ACC selections
• 14 ACC Players of the Year
• Seven ACC Rookies of the Year
• Five Olympians

Staff Updates

The Terrapins welcome a newcomer and a returnee to the program in 2013. Joppe de Vries joins the staff as a new assistant coach/technical director. Maryland alum Steve Simpson returns as a volunteer assistant.
• De Vries comes to College Park after coaching and teaching at the University of Amsterdam. He has been in coaching circles in the Netherlands for over a decade and has coached prominent clubs, including the Rotterdam Hockey Club and former Terrapin Berber Rischen. He worked on the South African hockey staff training goalkeepers for the 2012 London Olympic Games.
• Simpson, a 1988 graduate of the University of Maryland, began working alongside the program as an undergraduate student. He was hired by Meharg in 1995 and was an assistant through 2003. Together, they won the 1999 national title. Since then, he coached at New Hampshire and UMass and most recently, at Syracuse.

Oh Captain, My Captain

Brooke Cabrera, Ali McEvoy and Sarah Sprink were voted tri-captains by their teammates prior to the start of the season.

• Cabrera, a redshirt junior, will help with off the field team chemistry and leadership.

• McEvoy, a senior who was recently named to the Preseason All-ACC Team, has started throughout her career for the Terrapins’ defense. She and Sprink will help lead the Terps on the field.

• Sprink will serve as the Terrapins’ liaison with officials as NCAA field hockey moves into using a referral system.

Three Named to All-ACC Preseason Team

• Three Terrapins were named to the 11-member Preseason All-ACC Team - Maxine Fluharty, Ali McEvoy and Jill Witmer.
• The Terrapins were picked to finish second in the ACC and received a first-place vote.
• The Terrapins have won nine overall ACC titles. Most recently, they won three straight from 2008, 2009 and 2010.
• Witmer was named to the All-ACC Team last year, while McEvoy made it in 2011. This is Fluharty's first honor from the conference.

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 119-13 (.902) 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 20 of Maryland's NCAA Tournament games, including two Final Fours (2007, 2010). The Terrapins are 19-1 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 for three straight years and the ACC for six years. In 2012, Maryland averaged 643 fans per game with 7,725 fans coming out to the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.
• 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 in Openers

• Maryland is 36-3-2 in season openers and the Terps have won their last 18 straight.
• The Terrapins haven't opened the season at home in the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex since 2000. They've opened 26 of their 40 seasons on the road.
• The Terps are 10-1 in home openers at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex and have outscored their opponents 46-11 in those 11 games.

Home Openers at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex
9/13/03 - Maryland 6, Drexel 0
9/4/04 - Maryland 6, Old Dominion 0
9/2/05 - Maryland 4, Michigan 0
9/4/06 - Maryland 1, Old Dominion 0
9/2/07 - Maryland 3, Michigan 2 (2OT)
9/5/08 - Maryland 8, Old Dominion 1
9/6/09 - Maryland 4, Michigan 1
9/3/10 - Maryland 3, Old Dominion 1
9/4/11 - Maryland 2, Michigan 1
8/31/12 - Old Dominion 2, Maryland 1
9/3/13 - Maryland 8, Drexel 3

Terps When...

2013 Terps When...
Overall 9-0
ACC 2-0
Non-Conference 7-0
Home 5-0
Road 3-0
Neutral 1-0
vs. Top 5 opponents  
vs. Top 10 opponents 2-0
vs. Top 25 opponents 5-0
vs. unranked opponents 4-0
vs. 2012 NCAA Tournament teams 3-0
Day Games 6-0
Night Games 3-0
Leading at half 8-0
Trailing at half  
Tied at half 1-0
Maryland has more shots 8-0
Opponent has more shots  
Shots are tied 1-0
Maryland has more saves 1-0
Opponent has more saves 8-0
Saves are tied  
Maryland has more corners 6-0
Opponent has more corners 2-0
Corners are tied 1-0
Maryland scores first 8-0
Opponent scores first 1-0
Games decided by one goal 1-0
Games decided by 2-4 goals 5-0
Games decided by more than 4 goals 3-0
On Sunday 4-0
On Monday  
On Tuesday  
On Wednesday  
On Thursday  
On Friday 3-0
On Saturday 2-0
In August 1-0
In September 8-0
In October  
In November  

Meharg Named ESPNU/ESPN The Magazine Top 20 Recruiter

Terrapin head coach Missy Meharg was named one of college athletics' top 20 recruiters by ESPNU/ESPN The Magazine in January 2012.

"ESPNU AND THE MAGAZINE asked an all-star panel a seemingly simple question: Who are the top 20 recruiters in college sports? We spoke with three dozen experts, from Mag college football Insider Bruce Feldman to volleyball legend Karch Kiraly to women's World Cupper Cat Whitehill. Turns out, baseball coaches aren't the only ones pulling roster magic from a hat half-filled with scholarships."

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ESPNU/ESPN The Magazine Top 20 Recruiters
1. Pat Henry Texas A&M Track/Cross Country
2. Anson Dorrance North Carolina Women's Soccer
3. Ed Orgeron Southern California Football (Asst.)
4. Chris Dailey Connecticut Women's Basketball (Asst).
6. Mike Krzyzewski Duke Men's Basketball
7. Russ Rose Penn State Women's Volleyball
8. Barton Burns Alabama Football (Asst.)
9. Jay Clark Georgia Women's Gymnastics
10. Chad Holbrook South Carolina Baseball (Asst.)
11. Dan Jordan Alaska Rifle
12. John Calipari Kentucky Men's Basketball
13. Mike McGraw Oklahoma State Men's Golf
14. Jovan Vavic Southern California M/W Water Polo
15. Thad Matta Ohio State Men's Basketball
16. Kelly Inouye-Perez UCLA Softball
17. Mike LoPresti Fairleigh-Dickinson Women's Bowling
18. Tosh Lupoi California Football (Asst.)
19. Kelly Amonte Hiller Northwestern Women's Lacrosse
20. J Robinson Minnesota Wrestling

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