Maryland Hockey Player Dessoye On Big Ten ‘Players Watch List’
Anna Dessoye

Three members of the Maryland field hockey team were named to the Big Ten Players to Watch list on August 20. Seniors Anna Dessoye, Sarah Sprink and freshman Linnea Gonzales were the three Terrapins on the list.

A graduate of Crestwood High School, Dessoye, a senior, was named to the Big Ten Players to Watch List last year as well and made the All-Big Ten Second Team. She led the Terrapins with 19 assists last year and added 12 goals. She plays at the mid-field position.

The Terrapins host two exhibition events last weekend at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex. The Terps hosted their annual Red/White intra-squad scrimmage and James Madison in an exhibition on August 23.

The Maryland field hockey team cruised past James Madison, 6-0, August 23 in the Terrapins’ final tune-up before the official start of the 2015 season. Five Terps scored in the victory at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.

“We intra-squad scrimmaged yesterday,” head coach Missy Meharg said. “We talked about being able to transfer the ball from one end of the field to the other and attacking, which we did very well. We talked about a variety of people getting shots, which we also did very well. There are a lot of positives from today.”

Sprink scored the Terrapins’ first goal about three minutes in off their first corner, set up by Delaney Leathers and Dessoye.

With about 15 minutes left in the first half, Welma Luus banged in a hard backhanded shot from the left side to make it a two-goal lead. Nine minutes later, Dessoye knocked in a pass from Faye Curran to make it 3-0 at the break.

Lein Holsboer made it a four-goal lead seven minutes into the second half when she knocked in a goal off a rebound on a penalty corner.

Freshman Linnea Gonzales, who was also named to the Big Ten Players to Watch List this week, scored twice in the second half.

The Terrapins outshot the Dukes, 27-9 and had 11 penalty corners to three. Eight of James Madison’s nine shots came in the second half and freshman goalkeeper Sarah Holliday saved five of them.

Maryland officially opened the 2015 season August 28.