No. 1 in more ways than one: UMD Field Hockey takes ACC individual honors

University of Maryland field hockey picks up ACC Coach, Defensive Player, and Offensive Player of the Year accolades along with an ACC Championship. Photo:

WASHINGTON, DC, November 11, 2013 — Going into the NCAA tournament ranked No. 1, the University of Maryland field hockey team seems unstoppable. After picking up all three ACC individual awards on Monday for best coach, best defensive athlete, and best offensive player, the goal of an ACC championship seems even more attainable.

As Maryland ends its final season in the ACC, coach Missy Meharg’s seventh ACC Coach of the Year award comes at a perfect moment. Rebounding from a 2012 season that left the Terps in third position in the league, the coach led her players to a 20-1 record, a 6-0 conference record, and its 10th ACC Championship in program history.

Helping her to this record was senior Jill Witmer, the Offensive Player of the Year. Witmer ended the regular season second in the league in points and goals even though she missed three games while playing for the US National Team in September. She is the first Terrapin since 2010 to win the award.  

On the other end of the field, Defensive Player of the Year Ali McEvoy centered a defense that tallied seven shutouts including in the ACC championship game on Sunday against No. 3 North Carolina. A Maryland player last claimed the Defensive Player accolade in 2009

The Terrapins enter the NCAA Tournament as the No. 1 seed having held the top spot in both national polls since October. This is the 19th consecutive postseason appearance for the Terps who play on Saturday in College Park against the winner of Wednesday’s Quinnipiac – American University game.

For tickets to Saturday’s 11:30 am game, visit No. 6 Penn State and No. 9 Princeton will play in College Park at 2pm in the NCAA First round. 


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