Hunter notched a career-high 10 saves, including seven in the second half, to preserve the shutout. Dessoye, who scored twice in the first half, has started 2013 on a hot streak for the Terrapins (3-0), with 12 points in the first three games of the season. Her two goals Friday were her third and fourth goals of the year. Dessoye matched her career-high of two goals in a game last September vs. #19 Massachusetts.
“Maryland played a very gritty game,” head coach Missy Meharg said. “Old Dominion was very athletic and very fast. We will be working hard on creating more balance in our counter defense. With the attitude of Maryland and the energy of the match, we found a way to get the result. We played brilliant hockey through most of the first half; we were very controlled. Natalie was our player of the game with her 10 saves. It was a very, very positive performance from her.”
Dessoye put the Terrapins on the board 13:44 in. Freshman Alyssa Parker took two shots that were saved by Old Dominion’s keeper, then Dessoye put it in the net on the third try. In the 29th minute, Dessoye scored off a pass from senior Jill Witmer to make it 2-0 before the break.
The Terrapins held their two-goal lead through most of the second half. With just over eight minutes to play, senior Hayley Turner was given a yellow card and the Terps played the remainder of the game a player down. Despite being down a player, Hunter and the defense held the Monarchs (1-2) off through their late efforts to get on the board.
Senior Ali McEvoy scored with 3:19 to play off a penalty corner to finalize the score at 3-0.
Maryland outshot Old Dominion, 19-13. The Monarchs’ Megan Hept made eight saves on the evening.
The Terps own the all-time series over the Monarchs, 29-25-1, and have won three of the last four matchups. Between them, the programs have combined for 17 NCAA championships.
Maryland will open a three-week homestand Sunday when it hosts No. 17 Drexel at 2 p.m. at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex. Admission and parking are both free and the Terrapins will take part in a postgame autograph session for fans.
Live stats will be available and the game can be heard live online for free, via Maryland's campus station, WMUCSports.com.