June 3, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Seven seniors from the Maryland field hockey team celebrated the completion of their degrees earlier this month with commencement ceremonies at Comcast Center.
Kirstie Dennig, Megan Frazer, Colleen Gulick, Danielle Kauffman, Janessa Pope, Lindsey Puckett and Tara Zollinger all graduated with their respective degrees. The class of 2013 reached unprecedented success, winning 83 of 95 games, advancing to four Final Fours, three national finals and winning two NCAA championships and two ACC titles.
The group started as nine back when they were freshmen, but Harriet Tibble graduated with her business degree this past December and Christine Knauss is completing a five-year chemistry program this fall.
"This group of seven Maryland women has had an outstanding four years on all fronts," head coach Missy Meharg said. "Graduation day started with an athletic department breakfast while recognizing and expressing gratitude to our graduates and their families. It was entertaining watching the parents and teammates aggressively assist one another in getting their cap and gowns just right for their photo session. Cal Ripken Jr., our commencement speaker, shared his realities about what it takes good to great - God-given talent, relentless work on skill, and maintaining a positive attitude. How perfect for our group."
"We thank you, Kirstie, Megan, Colleen, Danielle, Janessa, Lindsey and Tara for consistently meshing those three winning qualities while bringing two NCAA Championships and two ACC titles back to College Park during your tenure. You leave a legacy of outstanding academic performance coupled with winning championships. It is your resilient commitment to each other, to hard work, to laughing and to celebrating that defines you. Once a Terp, always a Terp."
Janessa Pope said, "After spending four years at such an amazing university, it is strange graduating, but I have shared these four years with a great class and shared many memories on and off the field with them. We are all moving on to do very different but great things in our future. Having such a large and accomplished class is great, and Maryland has prepared us to be great in our next step. We will always be Terps at heart."