Maryland (17-1, 5-0 ACC) honored its six seniors – Ali McEvoy, Christine Knauss, Hayley Turner, Jill Witmer, Shelby Sydnor and Natalie Hunter – prior to the game. This year’s senior class compiled a record of 76-12 (.864) since 2010. In their three postseasons, they went to the Final Four every year, won two NCAA championships and an ACC title.
The Terps wasted no time jumping out to a lead over the Hoyas (2-14) with four goals in the first 15 minutes and a 7-0 lead at halftime. Overall, the Terrapins outshot the Hoyas, 32-5, and had 13 penalty corners to Georgetown’s three. Twenty-one Terrapins saw action in the match.
“It’s a tribute to these six seniors,” head coach Missy Meharg said of the win. “From center forwards to goaltenders to all different positions, they’re so talented. It’s bittersweet to have Georgetown be coached by two former Terps who have been through Senior Day on this field. We scored a lot of goals on penalty corners, which is something we’ve been working very hard on. We’re very pleased with that.”
Sprink opened the scoring when she struck off a penalty corner just 2:42 into the game. Seven minutes later, Sydnor scored her third of the year to make it a 2-0 lead. Witmer passed it to her after a long run up the sideline for the score. Less than a minute and a half later, McEvoy scored her first goal of the day off a penalty corner in the 12th minute.
In the 15th minute, Turner buried one off a putback on another penalty corner to make it 4-0.
Sprink scored her second in the 27th minute and her third goal in the 32nd, both off of penalty corners. With the clock at zero, the Terrapins were awarded another penalty corner and McEvoy scored off the play to make it 7-0 at half.
In the 47th minute, freshman Mieke Hayn slung a high shot into the net with Brooke Adler notching an assist. With nine minutes to play, Shari Jones knocked in her first career goal off a pass from Adler to make it 9-0.
Hunter started in goal and played the first 27 minutes. Brooke Cabrera came into goal for 32 minutes and picked up three saves. Jill Genovese saw time in the final 11 minutes.
The Terrapins are No. 1 in both the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I National Coaches poll and the latest NCAA RPI rankings released Oct. 22. The Terps have held the top spot in both polls for the last month.
Next, Maryland will close the regular season Saturday at No. 8 Duke (11-4, 2-2 ACC) with a 1 p.m. game in Durham, N.C. Live stats will be available through umterps.com and fans can follow online at https://twitter.com/TerpFieldHockey.