No. 7 Maryland field hockey (11-3) travels to Norfolk, Va., on Wednesday to add another chapter to its storied rivalry with No. 11 Old Dominion (8-3).
Maryland and Old Dominion have won more field hockey national championships than any other schools in the nation. Old Dominion has won nine championships, while Maryland has won eight. They have played each other 57 times, with the Terrapins leading the overall series 30-26-1.
"It's always a great game. There are a lot of national championships between these two programs," said Maryland coach Missy Meharg. "It's the culture of their program. It's a regional matchup, Virginia and Maryland ... I know it's going to be a great match," she said.
Maryland is coming into the game riding a nine-game winning streak, including three wins over top-25 teams. Old Dominion has beaten two such teams in its last three games, including a double overtime win against No. 5 Virginia. The Monarchs have beaten five top-25 teams this season, two more than the Terrapins.
"We know they are a very good team and they have a very good history," said sophomore Carrie Hanks. "They just had a big win over Virginia a couple days ago, so they are definitely strong this year."
Old Dominion senior Sarah Breen, whose 23 points on the season are the most for both Old Dominion and Maryland, has led the Monarchs. The Terrapins have more options in their arsenal, with four players having scored at least 20 points this season. Maryland has scored more goals this season than Old Dominion, 50-36, while Old Dominion is holding opponents to just 20 goals all season, two better than Maryland.
"You rise to your competition, and that's really what we like to do," said senior Anna Dessoye. "We like to play tough opponents, and we like to have exposure to good skill and great set pieces."