#1 Maryland to Host NCAA First Round

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Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013

#1 Maryland (20-1)


#18 American (15-5)

Game Time: 11:30 a.m.
Location: College Park, Md.
Stadium: Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex
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Event Information

• Maryland will play No. 18 American in the NCAA First Round Saturday at 11:30 a.m. No. 8 Princeton and No. 9 Penn State will play at 2 p.m., then the winners of Saturday's games will play at 2 p.m. Sunday for a trip to the Final Four.

2013 NCAA First and Second Rounds
Nov. 16  
11:30 a.m. #1 Maryland vs. #18 American: Live Stats | WATCH | Live Updates
2:00 p.m. #8 Princeton vs. #9 Penn State: Live Stats | WATCH
Nov. 17  
2:00 p.m. Winner 1 vs. Winner 2: Live Stats | WATCH

• The Terps' game on Sunday will also be shown on and the WatchESPN app..

Scouting The Terps

• Maryland is No. 1 in both the latest Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I National Coaches poll and in the NCAA's RPI rankings released Nov. 11. The Terps have been No. 1 in both for the last month and are 10-0 vs. top 10 teams.

2013 Maryland Terrapins 20-1, 6-0 ACC (Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I National Coaches poll #1)
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• The Terps are coming off of a 2-0 win over No. 3 North Carolina Sunday in the ACC Championship match in Boston. After a scoreless first half, Jill Witmer broke through with a score in the 40th minute off a pass from Hayley Turner. Four minutes later, Anna Dessoye buried a goal off a rebound on a penalty corner for the 2-0 lead. | RECAP

• Head coach Missy Meharg was named ACC Coach of the Year for the seventh time in her career Tuesday. Senior Jill Witmer was named ACC Offensive Player of the Year and senior Ali McEvoy was named ACC Defensive Player of the Year.

• Maryland leads the nation in goals scored per game (4.38), assists per game (3.19), points per game (11.95), scoring average (4.35) and scoring margin (3.21).

• In their 21 games of the season, 16 different Terrapins have scored and 13 have scored two goals or more. Senior Jill Witmer scored her 64th career goal in the ACC Championship game and is No. 5 on Maryland's all-time scoring list.

• Twelve Terps have notched an assist. In all, Maryland has 69 assists on 92 goals scored so far this year.

• Senior goalkeeper Natalie Hunter has had her strongest year yet. She leads the ACC in goals against average (1.03) and save percentage (.802).

Scouting The Eagles

• American is 15-5 this year and won the Patriot League for the ninth time. The Eagles beat Quinnipiac, 3-1, Wednesday in the NCAA play-in game.

2013 American Eagles 15-5, 6-0 Patriot League (Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I National Coaches poll #18)
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• Grace Wilson is leading the Eagles with nine goals this year.

• Maryland owns the all-time series, 37-1, and has won 12 straight matchups since 2004. The Terps won 2-0 at American on Oct. 13 this year. After a scoreless first half, Jill Witmer scored in the 49th minute, then Emma Rissinger scored with less than seven minutes to play. | RECAP

• American assistant Barb Weinberg was recently a volunteer assistant with the Terrapins (2010-12). She helped them win two NCAA titles and go to three Final Fours.

Scouting The Tigers

• Defending national champion Princeton is 13-4 overall this year and won the Ivy League. Michelle Cesan is leading the Tigers with 10 goals for 29 points this year.

2013 Princeton Tigers 13-4, 7-0 Ivy (Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I National Coaches poll #8)
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• Maryland owns the all-time series over Princeton, 16-7-1, but the Tigers won both matchups last year.

• Maryland owns the all-time series over Princeton, 17-7-1 and won the regular season meeting, 3-1, on October 18 in College Park this year. Jill Witmer scored twice and Emma Rissinger scored as well. Natalie Hunter made five saves. | RECAP

• In last year's NCAA Semifinal, the sixth-ranked Terrapins fell to No. 2 Princeton, 3-2, on a penalty stroke awarded to the Tigers in overtime. The scoring went back and forth with Ali McEvoy making a penalty stroke in the 58th minute to tie it at 2-2. In the 76th minute, Princeton advanced to the national title game off a made stroke. | RECAP

Scouting The Nittany Lions

• Penn State is 13-5 overall. The Nittany Lions lost to Iowa, 4-3 in overtime in the Big Ten Semifinals last weekend. Taylor Herold is leading them with 12 goals scored this year.

2013 Penn State Nittany Lions 13-5, 5-1 Big Ten (Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I National Coaches poll #9)
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• Penn State owns the all-time series, 11-20-1. They last met on Sept. 12, 2009, in College Park. Maryland won 8-1.

• The Terps and the Nittany Lions played an exhibition match in State College, Pa. in August. Maryland won, 4-1, behind two goals from Jill Witmer and one each from Sarah Sprink and Ali McEvoy.

NCAA Tournament History

Maryland has won eight NCAA titles (87, 93, 99, 05, 06, 08, 10, 11) and seven under head coach Missy Meharg. She was an assistant with the Terrapins when they won in 1987.
• The Terps are 53-17 (.757) all-time in the NCAA Tournament, which is more wins than any other school. Missy Meharg is 49-16 all-time in the NCAA Tournament.
• This marks Maryland's 26th NCAA Tournament appearance and 19th straight.
• The Terrapins are 19-1 all-time in NCAA games at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.

Play the Best

The Terrapins will play one of the strongest schedules in the country.
• Maryland is 9-0 vs. top 10 teams this year and 3-0 vs. top five teams.
• The Terps will play nine games against eight of the other 15 teams in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. They are 8-1 vs. those teams.
• The Terrapins are 3-0 vs. the three other 2012 Final Four teams, 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 12-1 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 470-113-9 (.802). Below is a breakdown of just a few of her highlights since she took the reins in 1988:

• Seven-time National Champions
• 10 ACC Titles
• Nine NFHCA Coach of the Year honors
• Seven ACC Coach of the Year awards
• 15 NCAA Final Four Appearances
• Seven Honda Awards won by five players
• 88 All-ACC selections
• 16 ACC Player of the Year honors
• 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 125-14 (.899) 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 20-1
ACC 6-0
Non-Conference 14-1
Home 10-1
Road 7-0
Neutral 3-0
vs. Top 5 opponents 4-0
vs. Top 10 opponents 10-0
vs. Top 20 opponents 13-1
vs. unranked opponents 7-0
vs. 2012 NCAA Tournament teams 9-0
Day Games 13-1
Night Games 7-0
Leading at half 15-0
Trailing at half  
Tied at half 5-0
Overtime 3-0
Maryland has more shots 16-1
Opponent has more shots 2-0
Shots are tied 2-0
Maryland has more saves 3-0
Opponent has more saves 16-1
Saves are tied 1-0
Maryland has more corners 12-0
Opponent has more corners 5-0
Corners are tied 3-1
Maryland scores first 17-0
Opponent scores first 3-1
Games decided by one goal 4-1
Games decided by 2-4 goals 11-0
Games decided by more than 4 goals 5-0
On Sunday 8-1
On Monday  
On Tuesday 1-0
On Wednesday  
On Thursday  
On Friday 7-0
On Saturday 4-0
In August 1-0
In September 9-0
In October 7-1
In November 3-0

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."

Coach SchoolSport
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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