Missy Meharg's resumé was already stacked; seven national championships, 16 Final Fours, and nine NFHCA National Coach of the Year awards. Now the Terrapins' field hockey coach has another accomplishment to add: 500 career wins.
No. 8 Maryland (10-3) defeated Miami (Ohio) (7-6) Sunday, giving Meharg career win No. 500. She becomes just the fourth head coach in Division 1 history to reach the milestone.
Maryland started off the game strong, scoring less than nine minutes into the first half. Senior captain Sarah Sprink scored off a penalty corner for her eighth goal of the season.
Maryland freshman sensation Linnea Gonzales scored four minutes later, putting the Terrapins up 2-0. Gonzales' goal came off a shot from redshirt junior Emma Rissinger. The shot rebounded right to Gonzales, who finished it for her team-leading tenth goal of the season.
Welma Luus continued her incredible run, scoring two more goals in the game. The first came with three minutes left in the first half off a penalty corner, while the second put Maryland up 4-0 with 23 minutes left in the game. The goals increased Luus' total to nine goals on the season, and six in her last four games.
Sophomore Lein Holsboer got in on the action, too, scoring three minutes later to give the Terps a 5-0 lead.
Miami (Ohio) scored goals with 13 minutes and nine minutes left in the game to bring the deficit to three, but Maryland added one more before the final whistle blew. Junior Courtney Deena scored the Terrapins' final goal with 14 seconds to play, making the final score 6-2.
Maryland travels to Penn State (5-6) on Friday for the Terps' third-consecutive road game. The game will not be streamed, but live stats and updates will be available.