#6 Terps Travel to UConn for NCAA Opener
Nov. 6, 2012
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The sixth-ranked Maryland field hockey team will head north to Storrs, Conn. this weekend for the NCAA Tournament First and Second Rounds. The Terrapins (16-5) will take on Patriot League champion Lafayette College (17-2) Saturday afternoon.
Saturday's matchup will be at 2 p.m. Broadcast information will be available later on UMTerps.com. The winner of the Terps-Leopards game will take on either No. 3 Connecticut (18-2) or Northeastern (14-6), who play at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. The two winners Saturday will play at 2 p.m. Sunday.
"Getting into the tournament is such an honor," head coach Missy Meharg said. "Coming off of such a battle with North Carolina Sunday, training today was very top-level and very high performance. They're focused and excited. It's unique to go to a new place."
Maryland is 50-16 all-time in NCAA Tournament play.The Terps last opened NCAA Tournament play on the road in 2002, when the they traveled to Old Dominion. They have advanced to 14 Final Fours under Meharg.
The Terps have won five of the last seven NCAA titles (2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011) and have appeared in four straight NCAA title games.
The Terrapins entered the 2011 NCAA Tournament unseeded and welcomed third-seeded Syracuse, Iowa and Richmond to College Park for the First and Second Rounds. They would beat seeds 3, 2, 1 (Syracuse, Old Dominion, North Carolina) en route to their seventh national title under Meharg and eight overall.
For the full NCAA bracket in an interactive or printable form, log on to http://www.ncaa.com/sports/fieldhockey/d1.