Top-Ranked Field Hockey Routs Rutgers, 10-0

Oct. 7, 2001

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Sophomore Dawn Christensen (Columbia, Md.) notched three straight scores as part of an eight-goal second-half Terrapin outburst as the No. 1 Maryland field hockey squad (10-2, 2-1 ACC) overwhelmed unranked Rutgers (2-9, 0-3 BIG EAST), 10-0, at a windy Artificial Turf Facility. Christensen' career-high three scores came within a span of 2 minutes, 31 seconds on a day where the Maryland offense was firing and nearly every Terp on the roster saw playing minutes.

The Terrapins were hot right out of the gate on Sunday, in contrast to Saturday's overtime win at Duke. Maryland displayed a high energy level on both ends of the field, outshooting Rutgers 32-5 and recording its largest victory since a 13-1 win over Georgetown on Sept. 18, 1999.

"The strength our team had after playing minutes past regulation on yesterday was amazing to me," said head coach Missy Meharg. "I'm very proud of them. They played well."

Freshman forward Colleen Barbieri (Centereach, N.Y.) made the most of her first collegiate start, first putting the Terps on the scoreboard at 11:02 after a pass from two-time All-American Rachel Hiskins (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia). All-American Autumn Welsh (Macungie, Pa.) and Caroline Walter (Reilingen, Germany) connected for a goal to put the Terps up 2-0 at halftime before Welsh fed Barbieri for her second score of the day with 20:54 to play in the second half. The freshman left the game early with an ankle injury and is listed as day-to-day.

Fellow rookie Lucy Morris (Ascot Vale, Victoria, Australia) got in on the act next, rifling in a pair of unassisted goals at 17:27 and 16:29 before Christensen went on her flurry. Newcomer Emily Boyer (Oak Park, Ill.) registered her first career goal from Welsh (three assists) and Morris on a straight penalty corner hit, and sophomore Catherine Rogers (Watertown, Mass.) notched her first tally of the season to make it 10-0 at 3:50. Fourteen members of Maryland's active roster have now scored goals.

Senior goalie Ashley Hohnstine (Oak Hill, Va.) and freshman Kerry Hearsey (Leicester, England) split time in the Terp cage, while Stacy Gaenzle made 10 saves for the Scarlet Knights.

The Terps play a pair of matches on Oct. 13 and 14 as part of "PUMA Weekend" at the Artificial Turf Facility. The Terps host Virginia Commonwealth on Saturday at 1 p.m., followed by Old Dominion on Sunday at 1 p.m. as well. Both games will feature giveaways and promotions involving prizes from PUMA.

	                       1st  2nd     Final
No. 1 Maryland (10-2, 2-1 ACC)  2    8   --   6
Rutgers (2-9, 0-3 BIG EAST)     0    0   --   5

GOALS: Maryland - Colleen Barbieri (Rachel Hiskins), 11:02 (1st), Caroline Walter (Autumn Welsh), 9:35 (1st), Barbieri (Welsh), 20:54 (2nd), Lucy Morris (un), 17:27 (2nd), Morris (un), 16:29 (2nd), Dawn Christensen (Hiskins), 10:46 (2nd), Christensen (Carissa Messimer), 10:21 (2nd), Christensen (Morris), 8:15 (2nd), Emily Boyer (Welsh, Morris (DC)), 3:50 (2nd), Catherine Rogers (un), 3:50 (2nd). Rutgers - None. SHOTS: Maryland 32, Rutgers 5. PENALTY CORNERS: Maryland 13, Rutgers 3. SAVES: Maryland - Ashley Hohnstine (0 saves, 0 goals allowed, 35:00 minutes), Kerry Hearsey (1 save, 0 goals allowed, 35:00 minutes), Rutgers - Stacy Gaenzle (10 saves, 7 goals allowed, 59:39 minutes), Devon Boyle (3 saves, 3 goals allowed, 10:21 minutes). ATTENDANCE: 209.

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