The Lady Terps never get credit where credit is due, but we’re not about to let that happen here. The Maryland field hockey team clinched the ACC regular season title last Friday after a 4-1 victory over border rival Virginia. Then, last Sunday, they absolutely pummeled neighboring Georgetown 9-0.
The two victories put the Lady Terps at 17-1 on the season, with an undefeated 5-0 record in conference play thus far. They will finish the season undefeated in ACC play should they win against #8 Duke in Durham, N.C. on Saturday at 1 o’clock. Their lone loss of the season came against Old Dominion on October 20th, 3-2 after having beaten them on the road earlier in the season.
As they have a first round bye because of their status as the regular season champs, they start ACC tournament play on November 8th in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. The field hockey team has been one of the more impressive teams for Maryland in recent years, so expect a strong showing there before the NCAA tournament, which they won back in 2011. In 2012, they lost to Princeton 3-2 in overtime during the NCAA semifinal game.
I won’t pretend to know a ton about field hockey, but I do know that these Lady Terps are good. They’re outscoring opponents 82-21 on the season, led by senior and Pennsylvania native Jill Witmer’s 15 goals and 37 points. Let’s hope they can deliver a nice blow to Duke to end ACC play for good. Everyone would love that sort of thing, right?