Oct. 24, 2011
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COLLEGE PARK, Md. -
The third-ranked Maryland field hockey team will honor its three stellar seniors - Jemma Buckley, Meghan Dean and Melissa Vassalotti - Wednesday, prior to its game vs. Drexel at 7 p.m. There will be no WMUCSports.com broadcast.
Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011
#3 Maryland (13-3)
Game Time: 7 p.m.
Location: College Park, Md.
Stadium: Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex
Live Stats: http://www.umterps.com/gametracker/launch/gt_wfieldh.html?event=992643&school=md&sport=wfieldh&camefrom=&startschool=&
Watch Live ($): http://www.umterps.com/allaccess/?media=255448
Senior Night Information
The Terrapins will be honoring their three seniors - Jemma Buckley, Meghan Dean and Melissa Vassalotti - and their families Wednesday night prior to the 7 p.m. game.
Admission and parking are both free for Wednesday night's matchup.
Live stats will be available for the Terps-Dragons game at http://www.umterps.com/gametracker/launch/gt_wfieldh.html?event=992643&school=md&sport=wfieldh&camefrom=&startschool=&.
Live updates will also be available at http://twitter.com/#!/TerpFieldHockey.
For a fee, fans can watch Wednesday's game live on TerpsTV Premium at http://www.umterps.com/allaccess/?media=255448.
Premium TerpsTV programming requires a subscription which ranges from $9.95 monthly to $79.95 annually for all content.
Scouting The Terps
Maryland is currently ranked No. 3 in the Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I National Coaches poll. The Terrapins are coming off of their seventh national title, ninth ACC title, and a 23-1 overall record last year. They are ranked No. 2 in the latest RPI, released Oct. 18.
Most recently, the Terps fell at No. 2 North Carolina, 2-1, Saturday in Chapel Hill. After they were held without a shot in the first half, the Terrapin offense got rolling in the second half with eight shots and six corners. Jemma Buckley scored as time expired off of a penalty corner.
The Terps have now been ranked in the top three in the country for 74 consecutive weeks, dating back to Nov. 2, 2004, when they were ranked No. 5.
Scouting The Dragons
Drexel is 10-6 overall and 3-3 in CAA play so far this year. Most recently, the Dragons fell at Delaware, 3-0, on Friday. Goalkeeper had Kim Ciarelli had six saves.
Amanda Fleischut is leading the Dragons with eight goals on the year and 19 points.
Maryland owns the all-time series, 6-0. The Terrapins opened the 2010 season at Drexel and posted a 4-2 win. Jemma Buckley and Jill Witmer posted their first career goals in the win.
Play the Best
Due to being in the toughest conferences in the nation, the Terrapins play one of the strongest schedules in the country.
Five of the six ACC schools are in the top 20 of this week's Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll. North Carolina is ranked No. 2, while Duke comes in ranked No. 6. Boston College comes in at No. 12. Wake Forest cracked the top 20 at No. 19.
The Terps will battle nine of the 16 teams that participated in the 2010 NCAA Tournament. So far, Maryland is 6-3 against those teams.
Maryland will play 12 of the 20 teams ranked in the preseason top 20 and is currently 7-3 vs preseason ranked teams.
The 2010 NFHCA National Coach of the Year and ACC Coach of the Year, Missy Meharg returns for her 24th season at the helm of the successful Terrapin field hockey program. Her current career record is 426-105-9 (.797). Below is a breakdown of just a few of her highlights since she took the reins in 1988:
Six-time National Champions
Nine ACC Titles
Eight NFHCA Coach of the Year honors
Six ACC Coach of the Year awards
13 NCAA Final Four Appearances
Six Honda Awards won by four players
85 All-ACC selections
14 ACC Players of the Year
Seven ACC Rookies of the Year
The Terrapins have won four of the nine ACC Player of the Week honors this season.
8/30/11 - Jemma Buckley, Maryland
9/6/11 - Kelsey Kolojejchick, North Carolina
Jill Witmer, Maryland/Jacqui Moorfield, Boston College
9/20/11 - Maxine Fluharty, Maryland
9/27/11 - Courtney Tavener, Boston College/Elizabeth Stephens, North Carolina
10/4/11 - Emmie Le Marchand, Duke
10/11/11 - Melissa Vassalotti, Maryland
10/18/11 - Samantha Nelson, Duke
10/25/11 - Kelsey Kolojejchick, North Carolina
Three Terrapins were named to the Preseason All-ACC Team - Megan Frazer, Harriet Tibble, and Jill Witmer.
Terps Picked to Finish No. 2 in ACC
Maryland was picked to finish second in the ACC, as voted by the league's six head coaches.
The Terrapins received two of the six first-place votes.
The Terps have won the last three straight ACC championships (2008, 2009, 2010), and nine overall.
North Carolina, last year's NCAA and ACC runner-up, was picked to win the league with four of the first-place votes. Virginia came in third and Duke, Wake Forest and Boston College rounded out the standings, respectively.
Home Sweet Home
Since its opening in 2003, the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex has provided the Maryland hockey program a huge home field advantage.
The Terps are 103-10 (.912) all-time at the Complex.
The Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex has played home to 18 of Maryland's NCAA Tournament games, including two Final Fours (2007, 2010). The Terrapins are 17-1 in those games and won the 2010 national title on their home field.
Pack the House
The Maryland field hockey team has increasingly attracted more and more fans to the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex season after season.
An NCAA record crowd of 2,381 came out to watch as Maryland beat North Carolina 3-2 in double overtime for the 2010 national championship at the Complex last November.
The Terrapins have led the ACC in attendance for four straight years. In 2010, Maryland averaged over 700 fans per game and 10,572 fans saw the Terps play during the year.
Terps in Openers
Maryland is 33-3-2 in season openers and the Terps have won their last 15 straight.
The Terrapins haven't opened the season at home in the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex since 2000. They've opened 23 of their 36 seasons on the road.
With their win over Michigan last weekend, the Terps are 9-0 in home openers at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex and have outscored their opponents 37-6 in those nine games.
Home Openers at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex
9/13/03 - Maryland 6, Drexel 0
9/4/04 - Maryland 6, Old Dominion 0
9/2/05 - Maryland 4, Michigan 0
9/4/06 - Maryland 1, Old Dominion 0
9/2/07 - Maryland 3, Michigan 2 (2OT)
9/5/08 - Maryland 8, Old Dominion 1
9/6/09 - Maryland 4, Michigan 1
9/3/10 - Maryland 3, Old Dominion 1
9/4/11 - Maryland 2, Michigan 1
Terps on the Tube
Thanks to the ACC's new deal with ESPN, some of the Olympic sports are able to get more global and convenient converage.
Premium TerpsTV programming requires a subscription which ranges from $9.95 monthly to $79.95 annually for all content. To sign up, log on to www.umterps.com/allaccess/.
|Games YOU Can Watch
|Oct. 26 - vs. Drexel
|Nov. 3 - ACC Quarterfinals
|Nov. 4 - ACC Semifinals
||RSN (check local listings)
|Nov. 6 - ACC Finals
||RSN (check local listings)
|2011 Terps When...
|vs. Top 5 opponents
|vs. Top 10 opponents
|vs. Top 20 opponents
|vs. unranked opponents
|vs. 2010 NCAA Tournament teams
|Leading at half
|Trailing at half
|Tied at half
|Maryland has more shots
|Opponent has more shots
|Shots are tied
|Maryland has more saves
|Opponent has more saves
|Saves are tied
|Maryland has more corners
|Opponent has more corners
|Corners are tied
|Maryland scores first
|Opponent scores first
|Games decided by one goal
|Games decided by 2-4 goals
|Games decided by more than 4 goals
Meharg Named ESPNU/ESPN The Magazine Top 20 Recruiter
Terrapin head coach Missy Meharg was named one of college athletics' top 20 recruiters by ESPNU/ESPN The Magazine in January.
"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."
|ESPNU/ESPN The Magazine Top 20 Recruiters
|1. Pat Henry
|2. Anson Dorrance
|3. Ed Orgeron
|4. Chris Dailey
||Women's Basketball (Asst).
|5. Missy Meharg
|6. Mike Krzyzewski
|7. Russ Rose
|8. Barton Burns
|9. Jay Clark
|10. Chad Holbrook
|11. Dan Jordan
|12. John Calipari
|13. Mike McGraw
|14. Jovan Vavic
||M/W Water Polo
|15. Thad Matta
|16. Kelly Inouye-Perez
|17. Mike LoPresti
|18. Tosh Lupoi
|19. Kelly Amonte Hiller
|20. J Robinson
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