Sports Briefs

Longtime Field Hockey Coach Nets 600th Win

Missy Meharg headshot

Field hockey Head Coach Missy Meharg added a milestone victory to her sterling resume last season, as she led the Terps to a 3-2 victory over UConn on Oct. 17 to secure her 600th win.

Meharg, a Maryland Athletics Hall of Famer, became the first coach in any sport at the University of Maryland and the third in Division I field hockey to reach the 600-win mark.

“What it means is the university, the region, the school have been able to have the very best field hockey players choose the University of Maryland,” she said. “I’ve been really fortunate to coach great athletes who love to win.”

Meharg, in 34 seasons, has coached the Terps to 26 conference titles and seven national championships. She ended 2021 with another deep NCAA tournament run, with Maryland falling to Liberty in a double- overtime Final Four battle.

Big Ten Champ Named Women’s Soccer Coach

Meghan Ryan Nemzer headshot

Meghan Ryan Nemzer, a Maryland native who coached Rutgers University to the 2021 Big Ten title and national semifinals, is the new head coach of UMD’s women’s soccer program, Barry P. Gossett Director of Athletics Damon Evans announced in December.

Nemzer, who graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Annapolis, had served on the staff at her alma mater, Rutgers University, for 14 years, including as associate head coach for the past eight. Last season, she helped lead the Scarlet Knights to an undefeated season in Big Ten play and the conference title, a spot in the College Cup—where they dropped a 1-0 decision to eventual champion Florida State—and a final ranking of No. 3 in the nation.

Rutgers earned bids in the past 10 NCAA tournaments and 12 times total during Nemzer’s time there, with two College Cup appearances. In 2018, she was named one of the top five associate/assistant coaches in the NCAA by Top Drawer Soccer, and last season, she was part of the 2021 North Region Staff of the Year.


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