All Time vs. Maryland: 0-11 • At VT: 0-5 • At MD: 0-5 • Neutral: 0-1
Notes: This marks the 12th all-time meeting between the Terps and Hokies, and the final meeting as ACC foes ... Tech has never beaten the Terps and faced them once in the post season ... The Hokies fell to Maryland in Blacksburg, 15-7 ... Maryland has been ranked in the top 10 in each of the 12 meetings and has been ranked outside of the top four in just one match up.
Maryland enters its final regular season game with a 15-1 record, 5-1 in league play. The Terps won their first 12 games of the season, but recently fell at then-No. 1 North Carolina, 17-15. Saturday’s game will be the final game of the regular season for both teams, and Maryland’s last regualr season game as a member of the ACC.
The Terps’ attack has been led this season by Kelly McPartland with 42 goals and 23 assists. Taylor Cummings has been a stronghold in the midfield for Maryland this season, totaling 62 points on the year, while also leading the team with 23 ground balls and 20 caused turnovers.
Abbey Clip has been the Terps’ go=to in cage this season, missing just one start while boasting a 13-0 record. She allows just 8.19 goals per game and has a .452 save percentage.
-- Junior Meg Bartley set a new career and team season high against Liberty, scoring six goals in the win.
-- Junior Megan Will broke onto Tech’s all-time scoring list with four goals against Coastal Carolina and the points list with three goals at No. 1 North Carolina. She scored the 100th goal of her career at Old Dominion.
-- Junior Cawley Bromley had a career game at William & Mary, scoring three goals and finishing with four points and made it back-to-back four-point games against Coastal.
-- Against No. 6 Duke, the Hokie defense forced the Blue Devils into a season-high 18 turnovers with their average of 10 coming in the first half, also holding them to a season-low four first-half goals.
-- Entering the week, two Hokies rank among the top 30 in the nation in their respective categories. Junior Meg Bartley ranks the highest of the group, sitting at 13th in the country averaging 5.14 draws per game.
-- Redshirt senior Julia Heaps set a career high with five goals and seven points in the season opener at James Madison.
-- Redshirt senior Julia Heaps became the second Hokie on the 2014 roster to rank among the all-time best as her three assists against High Point broke her onto the list.
-- In this week’s polls, seven of Tech’s opponents are ranked nationally, with another receiving votes.
-- Tech welcomed 10 freshmen this season, as well as two new assistant coaches.
The ACC Tournament begins Thursday, April 24 with four first-round games and continues play with the semifinals on Friday, concluding with Sunday’s championship game. Boston College is this year’s host and all games will be played at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Mass. Seeding for the 2014 tournament will be released following the Syracuse/ Notre Dame game Saturday afternoon.
The Nation’s Elite
Entering the week of play, two Hokies rank among the top players in the nation in their respective categories. Junior Meg Bartley boasts the highest ranking, as sheis 13th with a 5.14 draws average. Junior Megan Will is 23rd in the country with 56 points this year, while also ranking 28th with 4.00 points per game and 23rd with 39 goals.
Against The Best
Being in the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Hokies play a number of the nation’s best teams and players on a weekly basis. Tech has already faced six ranked opponents this season hosting No. 15 Virginia in the midweek. All seven of Tech’s conference opponents rank in the top 20 in both polls with six of them ranking in the top 10.
Although Tech is just 5-80 against ranked opponents, the Hokies have knocked off two ranked opponents in two of the last three seasons.
Junior Meg Bartley has already broken into the all-time top 10, and is tied for second with 186 career draws. She has also made her second notch on the single-seasons draw list, ranking second with 69 last year. She is on pace this season to set a new all-time single season record.
Redshirt senior Julia Heaps broke into the all-time assists list against High Point earlier this year. She currently ranks sixth all-time with 43.
Junior Megan Will’s 42 goals last season landed her on the single-season scoring list, ranking seventh. She broke into the all-time career scoring list against Coastal Carolina and is currently 7th all-time with 114 career goals and 147 career points. Will needs just one asssit to crack the top-10.
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