COLLEGE PARK, Md. – For the fourth and fifth time in only seven games played, the Miami University field hockey team will play another pair of ranked opponents when it travels to College Park, Md. for the Terp Invitational. The RedHawks open the tournament on Saturday when they take on 20th-ranked American at 1 p.m. On Sunday, Miami faces the host, second-ranked Maryland, at 2 p.m.
The RedHawks are 2-3 overall after dropping a pair of defensive battles in Evanston, Ill. last week. On Sunday, Miami fell to 16th-ranked Boston University, 1-0. The next day, the RedHawks were beaten by the host, 11th-ranked Northwestern, 3-0. After helping hold a pair of high-scoring ranked opponents to four goals in two games, senior midfielder/back Jordan Long was named MAC Defensive Player of the Week.
American is 3-1 on the season. Last week, the Eagles defeated James Madison, 2-0, on Friday. They followed that up with a 7-1 victory over Longwood on Sunday. American is led by senior midfielder Shelly Montgomery. She has two goals and an assist in four games after leading the Eagles with 16 goals and three assists last season.
Maryland is 4-0 on the season. The Terps made it the NCAA Final Four last season after having won the National Championship each of the previous two years. Last weekend, Maryland defeated eighth-ranked Old Dominion on Friday. It followed that up with an 8-3 victory over 17th-ranked Drexel on Sunday. The Terps are led by sophomore midfielder Anna Dessoye. She has four goals and five assists for 13 points in only four games.
After playing their first seven contests on the road, the RedHawks return to Oxford for their home opener next Wednesday when they welcome Ohio State to the Miami Turf Field. Game time is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.