#6 Terps to Battle #8 Monarchs Friday
Oct. 10, 2012
October 12, 2012
#6 Maryland (9-3)
#8 Old Dominion (10-3)
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Scouting The Terps
The defending national champion Maryland is ranked No. 6 in the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I National Coaches poll released Tuesday. The Terrapins are coming off of their eighth national title and a 19-4 overall record last year.
The Terps' defense blanked No. 24 Duke, 2-0, last Saturday in College Park. They held the scoreless Blue Devils to just five shots and four penalty corners.
After over 22 minutes of defensive hockey, sophomore Maxine Fluharty and Jill Witmer teamed up to put Maryland on the board with 12:32 left in the first half. Fluharty sent in a hard backhanded shot from the top left corner of the circle and Witmer deflected in a high shot for the score. Late in the second half, sophomore Katie Gerzabek drew a penalty corner at the other end. Ali McEvoy made it a 2-0 lead with 5:27 remaining with off a corner set up by Gerzabek and Fluharty.
Scouting The Monarchs
Old Dominion is 10-3 on the year and 5-0 in CAA play. The Monarchs are ranked No. 8 in the latest Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches' poll.
Sarah Breen is leading the Monarchs with 10 goals and 27 points so far this season.
Old Dominion has the most NCAA titles in field hockey with nine and the Terps are second with eight. The Monarchs won their last title in 2000.
In their Aug. 31 meeting this season, then-No. 3 Old Dominion beat then-No. 1 Maryland, 2-1, in College Park. The Terps trailed 2-0 at halftime, then Katie Gerzabek scored in the 60th minute. The Terrapins continued to pressure the Monarchs. They took four shots and had three penalty corners in the final two minutes.
Play the Best
Due to being in the toughest conferences in the nation, the Terrapins play one of the strongest schedules in the country.
All six ACC schools are ranked in the top 20 preseason top 25 poll, with three in the top five and four in the top 10. To see the full poll, log on to NFHCA.org.
The Terps will battle eight of the 16 teams that participated in the 2011 NCAA Tournament. So far, they are 4-2 vs. those teams.
Maryland will play 10 of the teams ranked in the preseason top 25 in 11 regular season games and are 6-3 against them.
Head Coach Missy Meharg
The 2010 and 2011 NFHCA National Coach of the Year and ACC Coach of the Year, Missy Meharg returns for her 25th season at the helm of the successful Terrapin field hockey program. Her current career record is 441-109-9 (.797). Below is a breakdown of just a few of her highlights since she took the reins in 1988:
Seven-time National Champions
The Terrapins welcome a newcomer and a returnee to the program in 2012. Marvin Bam joins as an assistant coach/technical director and Katie O'Donnell comes on board as a student assistant coach.
Bam comes to College Park after playing and coaching professionally in South Africa and the United Kingdom. As a member of the the South African hockey team, Bam played in over 30 international tournaments and test series with the South African team, as well as the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2006 and 2002 Men's World Cups. He has worked with six hockey clubs between the UK and South Africa as director and head coach.
O'Donnell is the most decorated player in Maryland hockey history. The four-time ACC Offensive Player of the Year and four-time First Team All-American recently started for Team USA in the London Olympics. She led the Terps to two national titles (2008, 2010) and three ACC titles (2008, 2009, 2010) in her career in College Park.
Oh Captain, My Captain
Seniors Megan Frazer and Janessa Pope will serve as the Terrapins' captains for the 2012 season. Both have been on the Terps' 2010 and 2011 NCAA championship teams.
Frazer, a midfielder from Derry, Northern Ireland, is the 2011 Honda Sports Award winner, an All-American and was one of two team captains last season.
Terps Picked to Win ACC
Maryland was picked to win the ACC, as voted by the league's six head coaches.
The Terrapins received three of the six first-place votes and 23 of 25 votes overall.
The Terrapins have won nine overall ACC titles. Most recently, they won three straight from 2008, 2009 and 2010.
Two Picked to All-ACC Team
Two Terrapins were named to the 11-member Preseason All-ACC Team - Megan Frazer and Harriet Tibble.
Both Frazer and Tibble were named to the Preseason All-ACC last season. Both made the All-ACC Team at the end of the year and were named NFHCA First Team All-Americans.
Frazer will serve as team captain this fall and won the Honda Sports Award as the nation's top player last year.
Tibble was named the ACC's Scholar Athlete in the spring and led the league in assists last season.
Home Sweet Home
Pack the House
Meharg Named ESPNU/ESPN The Magazine Top 20 Recruiter
"ESPNU AND THE MAGAZINE asked an all-star panel a seemingly simple question: Who are the top 20 recruiters in college sports? We spoke with three dozen experts, from Mag college football Insider Bruce Feldman to volleyball legend Karch Kiraly to women's World Cupper Cat Whitehill. Turns out, baseball coaches aren't the only ones pulling roster magic from a hat half-filled with scholarships."
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