Right now, as I’m writing this blog post, the #1 ranked Maryland Terrapins are hosting the #3 Wake Forest Demon Deacons in a clash between two field hockey titans. The last time these two teams faced each other was for the 2008 ACC Championship as part of Maryland’s Award Tour. The Terps are so dominant that they’ve been awarded every ACC player of the week awardso far in the first three weeks of 2009. Maryland is 9-0 coming into this game, with three shutouts. Their play has been dominating thus far, and the team is averaging a five goal margin of victory and outshooting their opponents 172-63 through nine games.
Emma Thomas (25pts) and Katie O’Donnell (37pts) continue their dominant play from last year. The Terps have benefitted from great play by Nicole Muracco, who leads the team with 14 goals so far this season, and Janessa Pope, who stepped up big with a goal and an assist in the victory over #9 Boston College. That performance earned Pope ACC Player of the Week honors for last week.
As I write this post, the Terps and Deacons are tied 1-1 at the half, and Muracco has the Terps lone goal. Reports from College Park are that she scored by charming her way past the defense. We’ll be recapping this game and more as the season goes on. Go Terps, beat Wake!