The sixth-ranked Maryland field hockey team opens its 2018 season this weekend with three games on the West Coast.
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|Friday, Aug. 24 • 8:30 p.m. ET • Stockton, CA||#4 Maryland at Pacific|
|Sunday, Aug. 26 • 3 p.m. ET • Berkeley, CA||#4 Maryland at California||Live Video • Live Stats • Twitter|
|Monday, Aug. 27 • 2 p.m. ET • Berkeley, CA||#4 Maryland vs. UC Davis||Live Video • Live Stats • Twitter|
— Maryland Field Hockey (@TerpsFH) August 21, 2018
Maryland is 4-0 all-time vs. Pacific. They last met on Oct. 10, 2010, with the Terrapins winning 11-2 in College Park. The Terps have never traveled to Stockton.
This is Maryland’s first trip to Berkeley since 2006.
The Terrapins won their only meeting vs. UC Davis, 7-0 in College Park on Oct. 14, 2012.
MARYLAND TABBED PRESEASON TOP 10
— Maryland Field Hockey (@TerpsFH) August 22, 2018
Maryland was tabbed as the No. 4 team in the country in the Penn Monto/Division I Coaches Preseason poll released Aug. 21.
The Terrapins have started the year in the top 10 in each of the last 20 years, since 1999.
Penn Monto/Division I Coaches Preseason Poll
1. Connecticut (19)
2. North Carolina (18)
3. Duke (1)
4. MARYLAND* (4)
6. Penn State*
13. Boston College
14. Wake Forest
17. James Madison
18. Saint Joseph’s
19. Boston University
22. William & Mary
24. Ohio State*
Italics are Terps’ 2018 opponents | * – Big Ten opponent
MARYLAND IN OPENERS
Maryland is 40-3-2 in season openers and the Terps have won their last 22 straight.
The Terrapins have opened 30 of their 44 seasons on the road.
The Terps are 11-3 in home openers at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex and have outscored their opponents 53-17 in those 14 games.
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 168-21 (.889) 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 26 of Maryland’s NCAA Tournament games and has played host to three Final Fours (2007, 2010, 2014). The Terrapins are 23-3 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. The Terrapins have led the nation in attendance in five of the last eight years.
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.
THREE TERPS EARN PRESEASON BIG TEN HONORS
Senior Linnea Gonzales, junior Kelee Lepage, and sophomore Brooke DeBerdine were named to the Big Ten Players to Watch list earlier this week. The full list, click HERE.
This marks Gonzales’ fourth straight year earning Big Ten Preseason honors. She was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2015 and All-Big Ten First Team honors last season. Gonzales is the Terps’ second-leading returning scorer with 10 goals last season, including three in their NCAA Tournament run to the national championship game.
Lepage started in 12 of 22 games as a sophomore last year. She scored one goal in a game at Michigan State and notched three assists.
As a freshman last season, DeBerdine started in all 23 games and was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team.
CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN
You’re looking at the #Terps’ team captains for the 2018 season!
— Maryland Field Hockey (@TerpsFH) August 22, 2018
The trio was voted on by their peers after a team vote. All three Terps are new to the captainship role.
OVERTIME IS TERPS TIME
During Missy Meharg‘s tenure, the Terrapins have become one of the nation’s most dangerous teams in overtime.
The Terps are 64-25 (.719) all-time in games that went to overtime or penalty strokes.
In Meharg’s tenure, the Terps are 53-21 (.716) in overtime or penalty strokes games.
The Terrapins welcome two new assistant staff members in 2018. Kati Nearhouse comes on board as the team’s Director of Operations and former Terrapin Kasey Tapman joins as the team’s volunteer assistant coach.
Nearhouse comes to Maryland after spending the 2017 season as an assistant coach at Bryant. Prior to her time at Bryant, Nearhouse worked for two seasons at her alma mater, Syracuse, as the Director of Operations for field hockey. She played her first three seasons at Old Dominion before transferring to Syracuse to finish her career. As a player, Nearhouse was named an NFHCA Division I Second Team All-American after a standout sophomore campaign in 2011. That season, she started 25 games and tallied 21 points off eight goals and five assists, leading the Lady Monarchs to the Final Four.
Tapman was a part of five Maryland field hockey teams, including a redshirt season. She played in 77 career games. She helped the Terps to the 2011 NCAA title and three total NCAA Final Fours. In her time in College Park, Maryland won four conference titles. She is currently on the U.S. National Team’s Developmental Squad.
TERPS ON NATIONAL TEAMS
Nine Terrapins, former and present, are currently on USA Field Hockey’s national team rosters.
Jill (Witmer) Funk competed with Team USA in the Rio Olympics last summer, along with former volunteer assistant coach Stefanie Fee. Former Terrapin Megan Frazer is on the Irish National Team and current Terp Nike Lorenz plays for Team Germany.
Recent grads Anna Dessoye and Alyssa Parker are on the U.S. Women’s National Team. Seniors Linnea Gonzales, Sabrina Rhodes and volunteer assistant coach Kasey Tapman are on the U.S. Developmental Squad.