Congratulations are in order for the Maryland field hockey squad! The team won its sixth NCAA Chamionship on Sunday with a win over #2 Wake Forest. Maryland entered the tournament as the #1 ranked team, and this weekend they proved they were the best in the country.
I began following this team in August through news updates, and early on I had the feeling the Terps were good enough to win it all. The ACC is the best field hockey conference in the country, and the Terps had arguably the toughest schedule there was, so this was no cake walk. Coach Missy Meharg did a great job of keeping this team focused on the ultimate goal. Senior Sarah Scholl demonstrated the team’s high level of dedication when she wrote this statement in her blog after winning the ACC Championship:
That is what led us to the title; a determined commitment to doing all the small things in practice, in life, in games.
Senior Susie Rowe and sophomore Katie O’Donnell led the offense throughout the year. Rowe tied the team record for goals in a season during the championship game. We should all be proud that the University of Maryland produced this team of young leaders. I look forward to following another run at the title in 2009!
Best wishes to the seniors, and GO TERPS!