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Field Hockey Travels to Delaware, Wake Forest
Courtesy: Maryland Athletics
Release: 06/21/1999

Sept. 21, 1998

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - After sweeping three home games last week, the No. 12 Terps (6-1) hit the road this week for games against Delaware and Wake Forest. Maryland faces the No. 15 Blue Hens on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. On Saturday, the Terps face their first ACC opponent of the year as they travel down to Wake Forest for a 1:00 p.m. game.

TERPS AGAINST DELAWARE

The No. 15 Blue Hens enter the week with a 6-1 record (1-0 in the America East Conference) and are coming off back-to-back shutout victories. Last Wednesday, junior forward Rachel Barger scored twice as Delaware defeated Temple 5-0. On Saturday, Delaware recorded a 5-0 road win over Hofstra as Barger and senior forward Kelly Cawley each scored a goal and notched an assist. Maryland leads the all-time series vs. Delaware 11-9-2. The Terps won last years meeting 8-1 on Sept. 25. Delaware last defeated Maryland 1-0 on Sept. 13, 1994.

TERPS AGAINST WAKE FOREST

The Deacons enter the week with a 3-4 record (0-1 in the ACC) but are coming off back-to-back upsets of nationally-ranked teams. Last Friday, Wake Forest rallied to shock No. 19 William & Mary 3-2 in overtime. Senior forward Amanda Janney scored the game-winner for the Deacons. This past Sunday, Wake Forest stunned No. 10 Kent State 3-0 behind two goals from freshman forward Nienke van Ruiten. For her performance against Kent State, van Ruiten was named to ACC Player of the Week. In their only conference game of the year so far, Wake Forest fell to Duke 2-1 last Wednesday. Maryland leads the all-time series vs. Wake Forest 8-1-0. The Terps won last years meeting 3-0 on Sept. 27. Wake Forest last defeated Maryland 2-1 on Oct. 29, 1994.

MEHARG BREAKS RECORD FOR MOST COACHING VICTORIES BY A MARYLAND FIELD HOCKEY COACH

Marylands three-game sweep last week propelled head coach Missy Meharg to break the school record for most victories by a Maryland head coach. Sue Tyler, who coached the Terps from 1974-87, compiled a record of 153-86-27, which set the previous mark. After the Terps defeated Massachusetts 3-0 this past Sunday, however, Mehargs coaching record since becoming the Terps head coach in 1988 stood at 154-62-9. In her 11 years as the Terps head coach, Meharg has led Maryland to the 1993 NCAA title, the 1995 NCAA finals, the 1991 NCAA semifinals and the 1992 ACC title. She was named the NCAA Coach of the Year in 1991 and 1993, and the ACC Coach of the Year in 1992 and 1995.

TERPS DEFEAT MASSACHUSETTS TO CAPTURE TERRAPIN INVITATIONAL

Sophomore midfielder Molly Kauffman (West Lawn, Pa.) and sophomore midfielder Carla Tagliente (Cortland, N.Y.) each scored a goal and added an assist, leading Maryland to a 3-0 win over Massachusetts on Sunday. With the win, Maryland captured its third consecutive Terrapin Invitational championship. Freshman midfielder Megan Kelly (Gaithersburg, Md.) scored the Terps other goal and senior back Jen Pratt (Greene, N.Y.) tallied two assists. Maryland won last years Terrapin Invitational title by defeating American 4-1 in the championship game. In the inaugural Terrapin Invitational two years ago, the Terps upset then-No. 3 Iowa 2-1 in the finals.

MARYLAND BEATS AMERICAN IN OPENING ROUND OF TERRAPIN INVITATIONAL

Freshman back Autumn Welsh (Allentown, Pa) and freshman midfielder Caroline Walter (Reilingen, Germany) each scored a goal, leading the Terps to a 2-0 win over No. 16 American on Saturday in the opening round of the Terrapin Invitational. Welsh broke a scoreless tie with 9:12 remaining in the first half and Walter sealed the victory with 2:29 left in the second half. Sophomore goalie Angela Platt (Coleraine, Northern Ireland) recorded her first career solo shutout.

TERPS DEFEAT TOWSON 3-0

Maryland began its perfect week by defeating Towson 3-0 on Wednesday. Sophomore back Molly Kauffman (West Lawn, Pa.), freshman midfielder Caroline Walter (Reilingen, Germany) and senior forward Kasey Heiser (Shaefferstown, Md) each scored a goal for the Terps.

NFHCA WEEKLY POLL

1. Virginia (5) 100 2. North Carolina 93 3. Penn State 87 Tie Old Dominion 87 5. Princeton 79 6. Connecticut 74 7. Boston College 66 8. Michigan 61 9. Syracuse 55 10. Kent State 52 11. Rutgers 46 12. MARYLAND 43 13. Duke 36 14. Boston U. 30 15. Delaware 29 16. American 27 17. Ohio State 25 18. Northwestern 24 19. William & Mary 16 20. New Hampshire 8

1998 ACC STANDINGS ACC Overall Team W L W L Duke 1 0 4 2 North Carolina 1 0 5 1 MARYLAND 0 0 6 1 Virginia 0 1 6 1 Wake Forest 0 0 1 3

CLOSING IN

With her two assists on Sunday vs. Massachusetts, senior forward Jen Pratt (Greene, N.Y.) now has 58 assists for her career. That ties the ACC all-time career assist record set by Joy Driscoll of North Carolina from 1994-97. Pratt already holds the Terps career assist record as well as the single-season record (33), which she set in 1997. She is a two-time All-American, having earned third-team honors in 1996 and second-team honors last season. In addition, Pratt was named to the All-ACC team in 1997 and the Mid-Atlantic Region All-America team in 1995, 1996 and 1997.

ANOTHER GAME-WINNER FOR TAGLIENTE

By scoring the decisive goal in the Terps victory over Massachusetts on Sunday, sophomore midfielder Carla Tagliente (Cortland, N.Y.) now has five career game-winning goals. She has two this season, including the game-winning penalty stroke in the Terps 2-1 double-overtime win over then-No. 11 ranked Michigan on Sept. 5. Tagliente leads the team with five goals this season and is tied with senior back Jen Pratt (Greene, N.Y.) with her two game-winning goals. Last season, Tagliente was tied for second on the team with three game-winning goals.

PERFECT AT HOME

With Sundays 3-0 win over Massachusetts, the Terps remain unbeaten and unscored upon at the Astro Turf Facility. In addition to their three shutout victories last week, Maryland recorded an 8-0 opening-night win over Richmond on Sept. 2. In four home games this season, Maryland has outscored its opponents 16-0.

PLENTY OF NOTHING

With three consecutive shutouts, Maryland is one shutout away from tying the school record of four shutouts in a row. The Terps shut out four consecutive opponents during the 1979, 1989, 1991 and 1992 seasons. During its last record stretch in 1992, Maryland outscored Towson, Wake Forest, Pennsylvania and Temple by a combined score of 15-0. Maryland went on to win the ACC title that season.

MORE OF NOTHING

Sophomore goalies Angela Platt (Coleraine, Northern Ireland) and Zoe Ehrlich (Morristown, N.J.) have shared three shutouts this season, including last weeks wins over Towson and Massachusetts. Platt and Ehrlich also shared the shutout in the Terps 8-0 win over Richmond back on Sept. 2. Against American last week, Platt recorded her first solo shutout. Last season, Ehrlich recorded one solo shutout and shared four others with former Terp goalie Alana Eliwatt.

NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK

Against American last Saturday, freshman back Autumn Welsh (Allentown, Pa.) became the fourth true freshman to score a goal for the Terps this season. Earlier in the week Caroline Walter (Reilingen, Germany) recorded her first goal of the year in the victory over Towson and followed it up with the insurance goal against American. Freshman midfielder Megan Kelly (Gaithersburg, Md.) scored her first collegiate goal in the 8-0 opening-night win over Richmond on Sept. 2, and also notched the Terps final goal against Massachusetts this past Sunday. Freshman forward Dina Rizzo (Walpole, Mass.) scored her first collegiate career goal vs. Michigan State on Sept. 7 and followed it up with a goal vs. Rutgers on Sept. 13.

ON TOP OF THE CHARTS

In her first full-year as a starter, sophomore back Molly Kauffman (West Lawn, Pa.) has emerged as one of the Terps top players. She is ranked first on the team in total points (14), assists (six) and defensive saves (three). She is also ranked second on the team with four goals, trailing only sophomore midfielder Carla Tagliente (Cortland, N.Y.), who has five. Kauffman netted her first career game-winning goal in the Terps 3-0 win over Towson last Wednesday. Against American last Saturday, she assisted on the insurance goal in the Terps 2-0 win. Kauffman went on to score a goal and add an assist in this past Sundays win over Massachusetts. In the past five games, she has recorded at least one point. Her most productive game of the season came when she scored a goal and had two assists vs. Richmond on Sept. 2.

TERPS UNBEATEN AGAINST RANKED TEAMS

Heading into this week, the Terps are 2-0 this season against teams that have been ranked in the NFHCA poll. They defeated then-No. 11 Michigan 2-1 in double-overtime on Sept. 5 and beat No. 16 American 2-0 this past Saturday.

TERPS BY THE NUMBERS

0

The number of goals the Terps have allowed at home this season.

1

Senior back Jen Pratt needs one assist to break the ACCs career assist record. Joy Driscoll of North Carolina set the current career record with 58 assists from 1994-97.

3

Heading into this week, Maryland has recorded three consecutive shutouts. The Terps are one shutout short of tying the school record for most shutouts in a row.

4

The number of true freshmen who have scored a goal for the Terps this season (Megan Kelly, Dina Rizzo, Caroline Walter, Autumn Welsh).

4.25

Maryland is averaging 4.25 goals per game this season.

5

Carla Tagliente now has five career game-winning goals. She has also scored a team-leading five goals this season.

6

Maryland has recorded six defensive saves so far this season. Sophomore back Molly Kauffman leads the team with three defensive saves, while sophomore back Sarah Rappolt has two and sophomore back Rachel Hiskins has one.

10

The combined number of freshmen and sophomores in the Terps starting lineup against Massachusetts this past Sunday.

14

Sophomore back Molly Kauffman leads the Terps with 14 total points (four goals, six assists).

56

The number of total points sophomore midfielder Carla Tagliente has recorded during her career at Maryland (24 goals, eight assists).

154

Missy Meharg now holds the school record with 154 coaching victories.



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