Nov. 3, 2012
November 4, 2012
#3 Maryland (16-4, 3-2)
#1 North Carolina (19-1, 5-0)
Game Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: Chapel Hill. N.C./Francis E. Henry Stadium
Admission: Single-day tickets - $5
Live Stats: GameTracker
Where to Watch: RSN Affiliates
Live Updates: twitter.com/TerpFieldHockey
The 2012 ACC Tournament will be played at North Carolina's Francis E. Henry Stadium. Single-day tickets are available for $5. Students from an ACC school can enter for free with valid student identification.
Get more information on the ACC Tournament at http://www.theacc.com/championships/acc-field-hockey-championship.html.
GameTracker live stats can be found at http://www.umterps.com/gametracker/launch/gt_wfieldh.html?event=1219690&school=md&sport=wfieldh&camefrom=&startschool=&.
Sunday's game will be broadcast on FOX Sports South, FOX Sports Florida, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, and NESN in the ACC footprint. For the full listing of affiliates, log on to http://www.theacc.com/live/2012-acc-field-hockey-womens-match-center-114.html.
Scouting The Terps
The defending national champion Maryland is ranked No. 7 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 beat second-seeded Virginia, 5-1, Friday in the ACC Semifinals.
Stellar defense on Virginia's two Olympians and a hat trick from freshman Sarah Sprink
put the Terrapins back in the ACC Championship game.
put the Terps on the board in the 11th minute when she punched one in off a penalty corner. With two minutes left in the half, senior Megan Frazer
found senior Lindsey Puckett
on the far post for a 2-0 halftime lead. Eight minutes into the second half, freshman Sarah Sprink
drilled one in off a penalty corner setup by senior Harriet Tibble
and sophomore Katie Gerzabek
to make it 3-0. Just over two minutes later, the same trio struck again as Sprink got one in over the line for a four-goal lead. Sprink extended Maryland's lead with two minutes remaining in the game when she knocked in a goal off a rebounded shot on a corner.
Scouting The Tar Heels
North Carolina is 19-1 overall and went 5-0 in ACC play this year. The Tar Heels are ranked No. 1 in the NFHCA poll.
|2012 North Carolina Tar Heels: 19-1, 5-0 ACC (Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I National Coaches poll #1)
UNC earned a first round bye in the ACC Tournament.
The Tar Heels own the all-time series, 34-24, but the Terrapins have won five out of the last seven meetings, dating back to 2010. In the regular season meeting Oct. 20, the Terrapins held a 3-1 lead in the second half, but the Heels tied it up to force overtime and won 4-3 in the 77th minute.
In the last four years, the Terps and the Tar Heels have met in five championship games - three NCAA and two ACC.
ACC Tournament History
This will be Maryland's 30th appearance in the ACC tournament.
The Terps have an ACC Tournament appearance of 34-20 (.629). They have won nine ACC titles, all under head coach Missy Meharg
, and three straight in 2008, 2009, and 2010.
Sunday's contest, will mark Maryland's 23rd appearance in the ACC Championship game in its 30 years in the tournament.
The Terps and the Tar Heels have met in 14 ACC Championship games, including Sunday's match. Most recently, the Terrapins beat the Heels 5-2 in the 2010 ACC Championship game in Winston-Salem, N.C. Jemma Buckley
had a hat trick 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.
The Terps will battle eight of the 16 teams that participated in the 2011 NCAA Tournament. So far, they are 6-3 vs. those teams.
Maryland will play 10 of the teams ranked in the preseason top 25 in 11 regular season games and are 9-4 against them.
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 448-110-9 (.798). Below is a breakdown of just a few of her highlights since she took the reins in 1988:
Seven-time National Champions
Nine ACC Titles
Nine NFHCA Coach of the Year honors
Six ACC Coach of the Year awards
14 NCAA Final Four Appearances
Seven Honda Awards won by five players
88 All-ACC selections
14 ACC Players of the Year
Seven ACC Rookies of the Year
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.
Pope, a native of Harrisburg, Pa., was a key member of the Terps' championship run last season and has been an active team leader for years.
Terps Bring in Postseason Accolades
, Harriet Tibble
and Jill Witmer
were all named to the All-ACC Team earlier this week. All are three-time honorees.
Frazer earned the nation's top individual honor last year in the Honda Award. The senior co-captain has 26 points on the season and is in the top 10 of the league in shots (59), goals (9) and assists (8).
Tibble was a Second Team NFHCA All-American last season. She has 12 assists on the year. She has anchored a Maryland defense that is second in the country in shutouts with eight in 20 games played.
Witmer was a First Team NFHCA All-American last season. She leads the Terrapins in scoring this year with 12 goals. She also has nine assists for a team-high 33 points. She is in the top 10 of the league in goals, assists and points.
Frazer and fellow senior co-captain Janessa Pope
were both named to the NFHCA Senior Game, which will be held Nov. 17 in Norfolk, Va.
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 115-13 (.898) all-time at the Complex.
Maryland won 38 straight games at the Complex from Oct.11, 2008 through Oct. 14, 2011. The streak ended with a 5-2 loss to then-No. 1 Old Dominion.
The Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex has played home to 20 of Maryland's NCAA Tournament games, including two Final Fours (2007, 2010). The Terrapins are 19-1 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.
The Terrapins have led the ACC in attendance for five straight years. In 2011, Maryland averaged over 450 fans per game in College Park and over 5,400 fans saw the Terps in action.
|2012 Terps When...
|vs. Top 5 opponents
|vs. Top 10 opponents
|vs. Top 25 opponents
|vs. unranked opponents
|vs. 2011 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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