Two-time All-American Carissa Messimer makes the transition from player to coach this season, joining the Terps staff as a student-assistant. Messimer, one of the most talented offensive players in Maryland field hockey history, will be on the sidelines in 2003 as she finishes her undergraduate degree in criminology/criminal justice.
A four-year starter at Maryland, Messimer earned first team All-America honors as a senior in 2002 and second-team accolades as a junior. The Mountaintop, Pa., product played on a team that amassed a four-year record of 80-14, and an 11-5 slate in the powerhouse Atlantic Coast Conference. Messimer's squad won three ACC titles, reached the NCAA semifinals three times and captured the 1999 national championship over Michigan on Messimer's game-winning goal.
In her four seasons with the Terps, Messimer tallied a total of 15 game-winners. Her 59 career goals rank fourth all-time at Maryland, and her 137 career points rank seventh all-time. She was a four-time Mid-Atlantic All-Region selection, an ACC All-Tournament Team member in 2001, and an All-ACC selection as a senior in 2002 after leading the Terps in scoring with 16 goals and 37 points.
Messimer has been involved in play with U.S. national teams since 1997, having been a part of the Under-21 teams as recently as the spring of 2001 when she played in the Junior World Cup. She plans to try out for the senior national team this fall.