Terps Finish in Junior World Cup

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RESULTS (August 4):
Anna Dessoye, Maxine Fluharty, Katie Gerzabek and Team USA took seventh in the FIH Junior World Cup, while Sarah Sprink and Germany finished 10th in Mönchengladbach, Germany.

Team USA fell to Australia, 4-1, in the Semifinals on Aug. 2, while Germany beat South Korea, 3-2. The U.S. played South Africa, 4-2, to take seventh place. Germany fell to New Zealand, 2-1, to take 10th.

“Coming into the tournament we knew we had a great team and we started connecting even more with each game,” said Fluharty, after the U.S. beat South Africa.  “Together we made that win happen today. The match against South Africa was a hard-fought battle and a great way to end the Cup.”

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UPDATE (August 1):
Head coach Missy Meharg traveled to Mönchengladbach, Germany this week to watch Terps Anna Dessoye, Maxine Fluharty, Katie Gerzabek and Sarah Sprink compete in the FIH Junior World Cup.

"I am so glad I was able to come see our four outstanding Terps representatives and their teams play," Meharg said. "What a great experience for them and all the women involved and I am just excited to come witness great hockey and share this with them."

UPDATE (July 30):
Team USA beat Ghana, 6-0, Tuesday morning to close out pool play with a 2-1 record in the opening rounds of the FIH Junior World Cup in Mönchengladbach, Germany. The Americans will take on Argentina Aug. 1 at 6:30 a.m. ET in a quarterfinals match.

The U.S. lost to the Netherlands, 5-1, Sunday in its second match of pool play. Team USA and Team Netherlands were the top two teams in Pool A.

“Tournaments always have two halves,” said Steve Jennings U.S. U-21 National Team head coach. “We’re really excited we got through the first portion of the Junior World Cup this well but now we have to produce to get to where we really want to go. We’re excited to be in the top half of the bracket and look forward to getting the best results coming through.” 

Sophomore Sarah Sprink and Team Germany won 6-1 over Belgium and tied with Spain, 2-2, in their first two matches. They will take on England Tuesday afternoon.

Semifinals will be played August 2, with the championship played on August 4.

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UPDATE (July 27):
Terrapin sophomore Anna Dessoye scored Team USA's go-ahead goal in a 4-1 win over South Korea Saturday morning in the Americans' Junior World Cup opener in Mönchengladbach, Germany.

The teams were scoreless for most of the first half, then the Koreans scored to take a 1-0 lead in the 29th minute. The U.S. scored a minute later to tie it before the break off a goal by Tara Vittese, which was assisted by Maxine Fluharty.

Shortly after the second half began, the game was paused for lightning and thunder. Dessoye put the U.S. on top for good with a hard shot in the 48th minute.

“Once we took a 2-1 lead, I think we grew in confidence,” said U.S. head coach Steve Jennings. “The Koreans played with more panic in their game and that just played more and more in our hands and we were able to capitalize. It was a great result today.”

The U.S. will play the Netherlands Sunday at 7 a.m. ET. Sophomore Sarah Sprink and Team Germany will take on Belgium Saturday afternoon in their Junior World Cup opener, then England at 12:30 p.m. ET Sunday.

As teams from around the world prepare to play in the ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup this weekend, four Terrapins are ready to be a part of the action. Anna Dessoye, Maxine Fluharty, Katie Gerzabek will suit up for the U.S. Under-21 Team, while Sarah Sprink will play for Team Germany.

The FIH Junior World Cup will open Saturday and run through next week in Mönchengladbach, Germany. The U.S. will play South Korea at 5:35 a.m. ET on Saturday, while Germany will take on Belgium at 11 a.m. ET.

"I'm feeling really excited about heading into the Junior World Cup," Gerzabek said. "We have had some practice matches and have learned what we need to do and what we need to improve on to be a top competitor at this tournament. I'm so excited to represent the United States and believe that together as a team we can do anything we put our minds to."

The U.S. is competing in Pool A with South Korea, the Netherlands and Ghana. Germany is in Pool D with England, Spain and Belgium.

"I feel super excited," Fluharty said. "It's going to be an exciting and challenging tournament with the opportunity for so much growth. I can't wait to look back a see how much i have learned when it is over."

Dessoye said, "I'm so excited for what is to come. We have been working hard to prepare. I can't wait for the tournament to begin and am anticipating some great results."

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