The Maryland field hockey program won both the college and women's senior divisions in the Big Apple Indoor Tournament.
Maryland beat Virginia 5-3 in the college final. Alyssa Parker led with three goals, and Sarah Sprink and Emma Rissinger scored the other two. In the women's senior division, Team STX was made up of Maryland alums. They beat Team USA 3-1. Megan Frazer scored two goals and Melissa Vassalotti was named player of the final.
Terrapin great Keli Smith-Puzo is retiring from the U.S. National Team, after 10 years of playing at the top level. The mother of two played in the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games.
A three-time All-American and national champion at Maryland, Smith-Puzo played in two World Cups, 179 international matches and two Pan American Games.
"From the day Keli Smith set foot in College Park, she had an unmatched competitive standard," head coach Missy Meharg said. " From preseason
fitness runs, to ACC and NCAA championships, followed up up by postseason celebrations, No. 13 was determined to win and have fun doing it.
With the heart of a champion and the daughter of two great sports fans and
athletes (Neil and Sharon Smith), Keli and her Terrapin teammates
enjoyed some of the greatest Maryland hockey times in history. On behalf
of the Maryland department of athletics and every hockey Terp, a huge
CONGRATULATIONS to Keli and to an amazing career in the FIH."
SYDNEY - Terrapins Maxine Fluharty and Katie Gerzabek are both with the U.S. Junior National Team in Sydney, Australia for the Australian Youth Olympic Festival. Team USA fell to Australia, 4-2, after leading 2-1 at halftime.
"Being in this type of atmosphere is completely unreal. As an
athlete, we get a first glimpse of what it is like to compete in an Olympic
games," Gerzabek said. "Living in a village, being a part of the opening ceremonies and
competing against some of the best athletes in the world is truly amazing. I
have only been here for three days and have already met so many different people
from all over the world. The people I have met differ in many ways: sport,
country, culture, and language, yet we all share the same dream: to be an Olympian in Rio 2016."
"Having the letters USA
on your jersey is such an honorable feeling. You are a part of something so
much bigger than yourself, you are representing not just you but your entire
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."
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.
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.
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
The Maryland field hockey team recently spent time with families of the organization Casey Cares to spend time with the children affected by illness. The Casey Cares Foundation provides ongoing, uplifting programs with a special touch to critically ill children and their families.
Terrapins Maxine Fluharty, Katie Gerzabek and Ali McEvoy are all in Guadalajara, Mexico competing for the U.S. Under-21 Team in the Junior Pan American Games. The trio and Team USA will take on Argentina Thursday at 9 p.m. ET.
Team USA went 3-1 in pool play. Its only loss was a 2-1 decision to Chile. The Americans outscored opponents 26-3 in the four games.
Fluharty and Gerzabek traveled to Mexico on Sept. 8. McEvoy left on Sept. 16.
The U.S. finished second in Pool B. The gold medal and bronze medal matches will be played Saturday. The top three teams will earn a bid to the Junior World Cup next summer.
Former Terrapin Keli Smith Puzo in the USA's game vs. Australia on Aug. 2, 2012 in London. (Reuters)
The U.S. field hockey team, along with Terrapin alums Katie O'Donnell and Keli Smith Puzo, dropped a match to No. 7 Australia, 1-0, earlier this morning at Riverbank Arena in London.
The Americans had numerous shots in the closing minutes, but couldn't get one to find the goal.
With the loss, the U.S. is 1-2 in group play, with two games still remaining. There are six teams in each group and they all play five games. The top two teams in each group advance to the semifinals. The U.S. is currently in fifth in Group B.
The Americans will play No. 6 New Zealand Saturday at 2 p.m. ET on the NBC Sports Network. Their final match in group play will be at 5:45 a.m. ET Sunday against No. 12 South Africa.
TUESDAY GAMES TO WATCH 4:00 a.m. ET MBB: Lithuania (Jasikevicius) vs. France (NBC Sports Network) 5:45 a.m. ET FH: USA (O'Donnell, Smith Puzo) vs. Australia (NBC Sports Network) Terrapin head coach Missy Meharg on the call for NBC 9:30 a.m. ET FH: China vs. Netherlands (NBC Sports Network) Terrapin head coach Missy Meharg on the call for NBC 5:15 p.m. ET MBB: Nigeria (Ibekwe) vs. USA (NBC Sports Network)
Former Terrapin Keli Smith Puzo celebrates with her fellow USA teammates after the Americans beat No. 2 Argentina, 1-0, Tuesday in group play. (USA Field Hockey)
After a disappointing, but hard-fought loss to Germany on Sunday, the USA field hockey team knew it had work to do and a statement to make. Determined to prove thatit is in the Olympics to win, No. 10 Team USA beat No. 2 Argentina, 1-0, for the third time in a year.
USA's Shannon Taylor deflected in a pass from Michelle
Vittese for the game's only goal with seven minutes left in the first
half. HIGHLIGHTS | FULL REPLAY | PHOTOS
O'Donnell, Keli Smith Puzo and Team USA have three more games remaining
in group play. The U.S. will take on No. 7 Australia in game three of
group play Thursday at 5:45 a.m. ET on the NBC Sports Network, as well
as online at NBCOlympics.com/live.
Right after the USA v. AUS game, the NBC Sports Network will be showing
China v. the Netherlands, which is a rematch of the 2008 gold medal
game. Our own Missy Meharg will be commentating on both games.
Former Terp Sarunas Jaskevicius checks into Lithuania's game vs. Nigeria in the London Olympics on July 31, 2012. (Mark Ralston/Getty Images)
Four of the Terrapin athletes in London are still in competition after Tuesday. For Terp Nation, the day was highlighted by a huge upset win in field hockey of No. 10 USA beating No. 2 Argentina, 1-0, in group play.
The U.S. beat Argentina, one of the world's top teams, for the third time in a year. USA's Shannon Taylor deflected in a pass from Michelle Vittese for the game's only goal with seven minutes left in the first half. HIGHLIGHTS | FULL REPLAY | PHOTOS
Katie O'Donnell, Keli Smith Puzo and Team USA have three more games remaining in group play. The U.S. will take on No. 7 Australia in game three of group play Thursday at 5:45 a.m. ET on the NBC Sports Network, as well as online at NBCOlympics.com/live. Right after the USA v. AUS game, the NBC Sports Network will be showing China v. the Netherlands, which is a rematch of the 2008 gold medal game. Our own Missy Meharg will be commentating on both games.
Earlier Tuesday, Sarunas Jasikevicius' Lithuania team beat Ekene Ibekwe's Nigeria team, 72-53. Sarunas finished with nine points and nine assists. For the full recap, log on to NBCOlympics.com/basketballl. If you missed it, watch the full game here.
Sarunas and his Team Lithuania play France at 4 a.m. ET. Ibekwe and Nigeria will take on Team USA at 5:15 p.m. ET. Both games will be shown on the NBC Sports Network or at NBCOlympics.com/live online. Check out the photo gallery and Nataly is in photo 3!
Track & field head coach Andrew Valmon participated in a press conference with his Team USA athletes. Click here for some quotes. The U.S. track & field team begins competition in London on Aug. 3 at 10 a.m. ET.
All five of the Terrapin athletes in London will be in action Tuesday, with men's basketball alums Sarunas Jasikevicius and Lithuania taking on Ekene Ibewke and Nigeria. For more on that matchup, see today's earlier entry below. Nataly Arias and the Colombian women's soccer team will play France.
Field hockey superstars Katie O'Donnell and Keli Smith Puzo (right) will take on Argentina, the No. 2 team in the world, with the rest of Team USA, after beating ARG twice in the past year. Team USA beat top-ranked Argentina, 4-1, in October to win gold at the Pan American Games and clinch its Olympic bid. In June, the U.S. went 1-1-2 in a test series with Argentina in Virginia. Head coach Missy Meharg will commentate on the game for NBC.
MEN'S BASKETBALL Lithuania (Sarunas Jasikevicius) vs. Nigeria (Ekene Ibekwe) 9:30 a.m. ET (LIVE) NBC Basketball Channel
WOMEN'S SOCCER Colombia (Nataly Arias) vs. France
12:15 p.m. ET (LIVE)
FIELD HOCKEY USA (Katie O'Donnell, Keli Smith Puzo) vs. Argentina 2:00 p.m. ET MSNBC Terrapin head coach Missy Meharg on the call for NBC
Maryland field hockey alums Katie O'Donnell and Keli Smith Puzo and Team USA fell to Germany, 2-1, Sunday afternoon at Riverbank Stadium, despite a late rally. The Americans got on the board in the 56th minute and got three of their seven shots off in the remaining minutes.
Katie, Keli and Team USA will take on Argentina at 2 p.m. ET LIVE on MSNBC. The Americans have gone 2-1-2 vs. Argentina, the top-ranked team in the world, in the last year. The U.S. beat Argentina, 4-2, last October for the gold medal in the Pan American Games and its beat to the Olympics. In June, the Americans went 1-1-2 vs. Argentina in a test series in Virginia.
In men's basketball, Ekene Ibewke's Nigerian team beat Tunisia, 60-56. Sarunas Jasikevicius and his Lithuanian team fell to Argentina, 102-79. Sarunas added six points and four assists in his 19 minutes on the floor.
These two Terrapins will play each other Tuesday when Nigeria and Lithuania play at 9:30 a.m. ET. That game is tentatively scheduled to be shown live on the NBC Basketball Channel.
In women's soccer, former Terp Nataly Arias and Colombia will play France Tuesday at 12:15 p.m. ET LIVE on MSNBC.
Terrapin field hockey star Keli Smith Puzo wasn't sure if she could make it back to Olympic form after giving birth to her second son, Ian, last August. She pushed herself, and is a key member of Team USA in London.
The U.S. Field Hockey Team hung out with the Today Show crew this morning, first chatting with hosts Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie, then joining Giada DeLaurentis, Natalie Morales, Ryan Seacrest and Guthrie for Giada's food tasting. Can you see your Terps?
Head coach Missy Meharg and former Terrapin standouts Katie O'Donnell and Keli Smith Puzo, are all geared up to take part in the 2012 Olympics in London over the next few weeks.
O'Donnell, the 2009 and 2010 Honda Sports Award winner, and Smith
Puzo, a three-time All-American, are both key players for the U.S.
Olympic Team. Meharg will work for NBC as an analyst on the field hockey broadcasts.