Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Field Hockey wins title

To avoid being accused of only focusing on the revenue sports I had to mention that the women's field hockey team won the NCAA title this past weekend by defeating Duke 1-0. It is the fourth national title won by the program and the first in six years.
Senior Jackie Ciconte of Wilmington, DE scored the game's only goal in faking out the Duke goalie. It turned out to be the only points Maryland needed. Ciconte, in addition to being a total fox, moved into 5th place on the all time list with 20 career goals. Congrats to the girls and coach Missy Meharg.

A few quick thoughts on the loss to Gonzaga in the Maui Classic. Gonzaga is an excellent team. It is no mistake they are in the top 10 right now. They are an experienced team and are excellent shooters. There should be no shame in losing to them this early in the season. There were certainly disturbing things in the game, turnovers being paramount, but the Terps played their opponent to a standstill for over 30 minutes until Gonzaga hit some clutch shots to pull away. It's early in the season and there is no reason to panic. I'll have a more complete review of the game up in the next few days, it's been a busy week so please bear with me.

In other important news Minnesota F Vincent Grier, a Big Ten player of the year candidate, broke his finger the other night and will miss at least 6 weeks. He will be out for the Maryland game next Wednesday.

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