COLLEGE PARK, MD. ~College Park Maryland’s 2022 Big Ten Champion field hockey team will add two veteran players in the fall of 2023. Head coach Missy Meharg and her staff announced Monday that Sammy Popper (Princeton/Blue Bell, Pa.) and Ashlyn Carr (Delaware/Delmar, Del.) will join the Terrapins for their final year of eligibility. “Sammy and Ashlyn bring experience, maturity and depth to our midfield and attacking units,” Meharg said. After four years and three seasons at Princeton, Popper joined Maryland with 28 goals and 13 assists. Popper, a forward who was named NFHCA Regional First Team All-Mid Atlantic and Ivy League Rookie of the Year, has scored nine or more goals in each season of his college career.
After scoring more than 20 points in 2019 and 2022, she made the All-Ivy League first team. “I committed to Maryland because I couldn’t think of a better place to take advantage of the opportunity to play the season that I lost during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Popper said. “I look forward to experiencing Maryland, the Big Ten culture and joining the Terps this fall.” “Having recruited Sammy Popper heavily out of high school, it’s exciting that she’s earning a graduate degree from Maryland while competing in her final NCAA season,” Meharg said. “Sammy is very offensive, her quick hands in tight spaces and wide variety of shots make her devastating on offense. Her passion for the game is infectious and she will fit perfectly into our team culture. team dynamic and I’m excited to compete for the Maryland Championships.”
Carr was the 2022 CAA Tournament MVP and the NFHCA’s first regional All-Mid Atlantic team. Carr, a member of the NFHCA National Academic Squad, will attend Maryland’s Special Education Graduate Program. “Ashlyn is fit, quick, fierce and thriving in the transition,” Meharg said. Ashlyn Carr is the heartbeat of every winning team in midfield. She has won four Delmar High School championships and four CAA championships in Delaware. Popper will be attending Mtech in her graduating year. Four-time Delaware CAA champion Carr joins the Terps. Carr played four seasons in college, with 20 goals and 35 assists. Carr “committed to Maryland because I connected instantly with the coaches and the players.”