Head coach Missy Meharg has been at the helm of the Terrapin field hockey program for 25 years, along the way building a program rich with a winning tradition. Voted National Coach of the Year an unprecedented nine times, Meharg has exemplified the tradition of excellence Maryland field hockey has become known for, a program with eight National Championships and nine ACC Championships - solidifying the Terrapins' position among the top programs in the nation.
Seven national titles, including five in seven years (1993, 1999, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011). Nine ACC Tournament crowns. 15 appearances in the NCAA Semifinals round, including 10 in the NCAA Finals. Overall record of 450-112-9 gives her a winning percentage of .796. Nine National Coach of the Year awards and six ACC Coach of the Year awards. Led the team to two of the most successful seasons in school history in 2009 and 2010. Over those two years, the Terps earned a record of 46-2 with two ACC titles and an NCAA title. Seven Honda Sports Awards won by five players. 42 All-Americans, including five four-time All-Americans and 11 three-time All-Americans. Nine players have been named ACC Players of the Year. Paula Infante earned the Defensive Player of the Award twice, while Katie O'Donnell won all four years of her career. Meharg was contracted by NBC to work as a color commentator and analyst for field hockey during coverage of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Five of Meharg's former athletes have competed on U.S. Olympic teams. Katie O'Donnell and Keli Smith Puzo both represented Team USA in London in 2012. Four former Terrapins played in the Beijing Olympics in 2008. Lauren Powley, Dina Rizzo and Smith Puzo were on the 16-spot roster and Sara Silvetti served as an alternate. Kate Kauffman Beach was the Terps' first Olympian in Atlanta Games in 1996. Terrapin athletes have played on their respective national teams from eight countries around the world: England, Ireland, Chile, Holland, Germany, Australia, Zimbabwe, Scotland. Served on the U.S. National Team coaching staff from 1993-1997. She assisted in the 1994 World Cup, the 1995 Pan American Games and the 1996 Olympics. 2010 USA Under 21 squad coaching staff member and has worked with International teams in the ages of Under-21 and Under-18. USA hockey level 3 coaching accreditation. Created 7 teaching tapes and DVDs for Championship Productions. Over 85 Maryland players have earned spots on the ACC's Honor Roll and 56 Terrapins have been named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association's Academic Squad.
Player Accolades 94 All-America Selections 136 NHFCA National Academic Squad Selections 95 All-ACC Selections 229 ACC Academic Honor Roll Selections 15 Players on the U.S. National Team 49 NCAA All-Tournament Team Selections
11 ACC Tournament MVP Selections 13 ACC Player of the Year Selections (4 Def; 4 Off) 4 World Cup team members 7 ACC Rookie of the Year Selections 6 Pan American team members 1 Player on the 1996 U.S. Olympic Team 3 Players on the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team 2 Players on the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team 5 Honda Award Winners - Seven awards won
Welsh, Infante, Rowe, O'Donnell & Frazer Win Honda Award In 2001, defensive back Autumn Welsh became the first athlete under Missy Meharg to be recognized as the national player of the year. Welsh was named the recipient of the prestigious Honda Award, marking the first time in Maryland field hockey history that a Terp attained the honor. After leading the Terps to back-to-back NCAA Championships in 2005 and 2006, defensive midfielder Paula Infante earned the honor both years, becoming only the third field hockey player in the history of the award to win it multiple times. Infante went on to be a top-five finalist for the coveted Honda-Broderick Cup, presented to the NCAA's Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year across all sports. In 2008, Susie Rowe capped a senior campaign in which she won her third national title with the national player of the year award after setting Maryland records with 28 goals and 74 total points scored. The defender scored the game-winner in the National Championship game, a 4-2 victory over Wake Forest. As a junior, Katie O'Donnell won the nation's top award after breaking the ACC assist records and leading the team offensively. Megan Frazer won in 2011 after leading the Terrapins from an unseeded NCAA Tournament berth to another national title. Infante (2005, 06), Welsh (2001), Rowe (2008), O'Donnell (2009), Frazer (2011) and women's lacrosse standout Jen Adams (2000, 2001) are the only Honda Award recipients in Maryland athletics history.
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