Missy Meharg, Tjerk Van Herwaarden, and Marybeth Freeman guided the University of Maryland field hockey team to a runner-up finish in the NCAA national tournament. The Terps fell 3-2 against a strong North Carolina team who scored with less than a minute to play.
Maryland finished with a 23-1 record, the most wins in program history! Over the course of the season, the Terps broke five school records along with an ACC and a NCAA tournament record, and tied another NCAA Tournament record.
The top-seeded Maryland field hockey team, coached by Missy Meharg, Tjerk Van Herwaarden, and Marybeth Freeman, advanced to its second consecutive NCAA national championship game with a victory over #4 Princeton. The 2008 NCAA champions are 23-0 and are looking for their seventh national title when they meet North Carolina on Sunday.
The following programs / coaches are ranked in the Top 20 of the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Poll released on 11/3/2009:
1. Maryland (Coached by Missy Meharg, Tjerk Van Herwaarden, and Marybeth Freeman)
2. North Carolina
14. Duke (Coached by Beth Bozman)
20. Old Dominion (Coached by Elizabeth Anders)
The University of Maryland field hockey team has been selected as the #1 team in the 2009 Preseason Kookaburra / NFHCA DI Poll. Maryland, coached by Missy Meharg, Tjerk Van Herwaarden, and Marybeth Freeman, will look to repeat their 2008 NCAA title and win their 7th NCAA championship. The rest of the NFHCA rankings include:
2. Wake Forest
4. North Carolina
8. Michigan State
9. Iowa (Coached by Tracey Griesbaum and Lisa Cellucci)
10. Duke (Coached by Beth Bozman)
16. Old Dominion (Coached by Beth Anders)