Feb. 7, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The prestigious Maryland field hockey program welcomed four of the nation's best high school players this week as part of National Signing Day. Brooke Adler (Baltimore, Md./Garrison Forest School), Marissa Cutry (Medford, N.J./Shawnee HS), Courtney Deena (Pickerington, Ohio/Columbus Academy) and Delaney Leathers (Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes HS) all signed on to play for the Terrapins in the fall of 2013, head coach Missy Meharg and her staff announced Thursday.
"What an exciting group of women and families to join our program and University," Meharg said. "Hailing from Ohio, New Jersey, Virginia and Maryland, this talented class represents the University of Maryland's academic and social diversity valued by simple hard work. These athletes bring attack speed, midfield tactics and powerful defense to the 2013 Maryland Terrapins."
The class features two Harrow Sports/NFHCA High School All-Americans in Adler and Deena. All four have international experience with the U.S. and Futures circuit and Leathers has been on the U.S. Under 17 and Under 19 teams.
Meharg on Adler: "Brooke may have been born a Terp. We share her excitement in joining the program in August. Recognized as an All-American, a First Team All-State selection and three-time IAAM League Champion at Garrison Forest School, we are fortunate she is joining our team. I recall her high school coach, Traci Davis, expressing Brooke's deep-rooted love for the game and passion to work on it daily. She is a perfect fit."Adler on Maryland: "I chose Maryland for its incredible field hockey program, welcoming teammates, outstanding academics, great campus life, and I have been a Terp fan all my life!"
About Cutry: Played four years of varsity field hockey at Shawnee...served as team captain in her senior year...heped lead team to 66-17-1 record and a conference championship (2010)...notched 17 goals, 10 assists as a senior (2012)...named a Regional All-American (2012)...also named to South Jersey Team (2010, 2011, 2012)...named to All-Conference First Team and All-County First Team (2010, 2011, 2012)...earned a spot on All-Courier Post's First Team (2010, 2011, 2012)...Senior Showcase All Star (2012)...named SJ Magazine's 2012 Major Player...played for Spirit of USA team...won three gold medals at National Field Hockey Festival (2010, 2011, 2012)...club team won national championship in 2011 and broze in 2012...member of National Futures program from 2008-2012...went to Junior National Camp (2010, 2012)...competed in AAU Junior Olympics (2009, 2010)...won gold with NFC U16 (2010) and U14 (2008) and silver with U19 (2011).
Meharg on Cutry: "Marissa is a strong, bold, committed and athletically-gifted field hockey player. She has fantastic defensive awareness and intercepting abilities, coupled with powerful distribution skills. Her character is all team first, work hard and and have fun doing it. This suits Maryland hockey well."
Cutry on Maryland: "Maryland has been my dream school for as long as I can remember, plus their field hockey team just added to the picture."
About Deena: Played four years of varsity field hockey at Columbus Academy...lead team to 74-6-3 record, four state final fours, a state title (2012), and four straight district championships...scored 56 goals and tallyed 53 assists...named a Harrow Sports/NFHCA High School All-American (2012)...named First Team All-Central Ohio League all four years...named a First Team All-American (2012) and Third Team (2011)...named First Team All-Ohio twice...named team Player of the Year (2012) and Offensive MVP (2010, 2011)...played for Jersey Intensity team...won gold at the National Field Hockey Festival and Disney tournament (2012)...member of National Futures program...selected as an alternate for 2010 Junior Olympics...selected for Futures Elite in 2012...also played three years of varsity lacrosse...in first three years of lacrosse career, as scored 139 goals, including 61 as a junior in 2012, and notched 78 assists.
Meharg on Deena: "Fast, fiery and unpredictable make Courtney a serious threat as a part of Maryland's attacking unit. Her natural acceleration in open field, on and off the ball, will enhance Maryland's tactical plan in the front field. It has been exciting to watch Courtney's game develop over the past nine months and being recognized as an All-American."
Deena on Maryland: "I chose Maryland because I was looking for a private school education, with the diversity of a public institution. From the first moment I walked on campus I knew that Maryland was the school for me. The hospitality of the players and coaches along with the tradition and competitiveness of Maryland field hockey, truly contributed to my decision as well."
About Leathers: Played four years of varsity at Ocean Lakes...named Beach District Player of the Year (2012)...member of the US U19 National team, as well as the U19 National Indoor Team (2011, 2012)...competed with US U17 team for a Holland tour and Domo International Easter Tournament (2011)...member of U17 USA Outdoor National Team for Field Hockey and Olympic Development (2010, 2011, 2012)...selected to Junior High Performance Mid-Atlantic National Championship team (2010, 2011, 2012)...played for Colonial Field Hockey for outdoor club team and Oranje GottaLoveit! for indoor.
Meharg on Leathers: "Delaney is a serious student of the game. Having international playing experience with the USA Under 17 and 19 squads, coupled with Dutch training with FIH world-class player and coach, Alyson Annan, Delaney will be ready to compete. Being one of Maryland's most academically gifted incoming freshmen pursuing cell biology and genetics, could make following technical regiments and executing tactical plans a logical asset to any team."
Leathers on Maryland: "I chose Maryland because of the stellar coaching staff, and I love the energy and diversity of Maryland as well as the high academic standards."