PARK, Md. - Terrapin field hockey defender Ali McEvoy, Terp alum Meredith Long, and the U.S. Senior Women's National
Indoor Team won the RohrMax Cup after three days of competitive international play
in Perchtoldsdorf, Austria this week. McEvoy led Team USA in scoring with nine
goals and scored in each of its five games.
"Ali McEvoy has always been so talented at the indoor game," Maryland head coach Missy Meharg said. "Her hand speed and quick vision could make her one of the most dangerous indoor players in the world. I am not surprised that Meredith Long has found her way back onto the USA indoor team. She is a fierce competitor and dominant leader for team USA. The Indoor game has always been a vital part of Maryland's yearly plan. We are very proud of both Meredith and Ali."
The U.S. faced teams from Austria, Switzerland and the Czech Republic from January 4-6 and finished 4-1 overall, including a 3-2 victory against Slavia Prag in the championship game on Sunday.
"This is the first-ever international tournament the U.S. Senior Women's Indoor Team has won," said Nigel Traverso, U.S. Indoor Team Manager. "The RohrMax Cup is a very competitive tournament and we are very pleased with the results. We now have set high expectations to win the Pan Am Indoor Cup in 2015 and qualify for the World Cup. The team will venture to Argentina for a few test matches in the coming weeks."
The U.S. opened up the tournament with a strong 6-1 victory over Austria's U-21 squad. McEvoy recorded three goals in the game. The squad posted a 4-2 win in the following game against Rot-Weiss Wettingen, as McEvoy scored again.
On Saturday, the U.S. picked up its third straight win against SV Arminen, 4-1. The squad knocked in all four goals in the first half and maintained the lead until the game clock expired. The U.S. fell to Slavia Prag, 6-1, its second game of the day.
The U.S. faced Slavia Prag in the championship game on Sunday, with McEvoy notching another hat trick. The U.S. went into halftime with a 2-1 lead over Slavia Prag. Both goals were scored by McEvoy. The second half started off with another tally by McEvoy to put Team USA up 3-1, but Slavia Prag refused to give up and pulled their keeper with just under eight minutes remaining in the match. They scored to come within one but it wasn't enough and the U.S. closed out the match, concluding the Austria Tour with a 3-2 win and the championship title.