With ODU out, Terps aim for field hockey title

November 13, 1993|By Jamison Hensley

COLLEGE PARK -- The NCAA field hockey tournament is wide open for the first time in three years.

Old Dominion, the three-time defending national champion that had ended Maryland's past two seasons, fell to James Madison in the first round Thursday.

"This has been the most exciting year in field hockey because of the parity," said Missy Meharg, the Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year, who has taken the Terps to the NCAA tournament in five of her six years. "I thought if Old Dominion could have made it into the semifinals, they would have taken it because of their experience."

Third-seeded Maryland (18-3), which received a first-round bye, plays host to No. 6 Massachusetts (19-3), the Atlantic 10 champion, at AstroTurf Field tomorrow at 1 p.m. The Minutewomen defeated Boston University, 2-0, in the first round Thursday.

The Terps are led by senior forward Amy Schubert, who was named ACC Player of the Year and the conference tournament's Most Valuable Player.

The Terps' 14-game win streak ended with a 2-0 loss to North Carolina last week in the ACC tournament title game.

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