April 26, 2005
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland field hockey head coach Missy Meharg has announced that juniors Emily Beach and Lauren Powley will serve as team captains for the 2005 campaign. As in the tradition of international competition, Beach was selected first captain, while Powley was named vice-captain.
"Emily Beach has grown into an amazing leader. She understands the game well and will communicate very professionally with the officials and coaches as first captain of the squad. She has natural respect and trust for and from her teammates," said Maryland head coach Missy Meharg. "Lauren Powley is the leader by play. Her gifted athleticism is contagious. She competes with an unconditional work rate and is completely dedicated to the sport. As a member of both the USA Under-21 and the Senior National Teams, she exemplifies commitment for both the Terps and the USA."
Both Beach (Bethesda, Md.) and Powley (Mountaintop, Pa.) started every game last year and will be seniors on the team next year. In her first season as a Terp after transferring from Virginia, Beach stepped in to become a vital member of the defense, earning second team National Field Hockey Coaches Association Mid-Atlantic All-Region honors as a defender.
Starting every game since arriving on campus, Powley is a three-time All-American, earning first-team honors the last two seasons. She was also named All-ACC the last two seasons. Powley has also been stalwart in the U.S. National team program, most recently helping the Under-21 squad win a silver medal at the Junior Pan American Games in Puerto Rico. Recently, she was called up to play with the Senior National squad to play in a five-match test series against New Zealand in May.
The Terps are coming off their second-straight NCAA Tournament semifinal appearance and return eight starters from last season's squad, including two first team All-Americans.
Emily Beach and Lauren Powley were named captains for the 2005 campaign