LANCASTER, Pa. – The top-ranked Maryland field hockey team beat 10th-ranked Massachusetts, 3-2, Friday in its season opener at the Spooky Nook Sports Complex in Lancaster, Pa.
"We're very pleased with the outcome," head coach Missy Meharg said. "It was great to be under a lot of pressure from a very athletic UMass team. They're very well-coached by (former Terrapin) Carla Tagliente and opportunistic. We were exceedingly brilliant at times. Taking 25 shots should see a team winning. We need to execute more on them, but I give credit to UMass goalkeeper Sam Carlino. She had 12 saves and played a great game. It's nice to get an opener under our belt. Nine months we've been working to be in this position."
Dessoye put the Terrapins (1-0) on the board first when she freed the ball from UMass goalkeeper Sam Carlino and flipped it in to the cage in the 19th minute.
Parker made it a 2-0 lead for the Terps when she finished off a pass from freshman Carrie Hanks. Parker took the ball past the keeper before burying it for the score.
Nicole Miller of the Minutewomen (0-1) scored both of their goals – the first with 45 seconds left in the first half. She stuck it into the Terps’ goal after redshirt senior goalkeeper Brooke Cabrera made two previous saves on the play. Maryland took a 2-1 lead into the break.
Jones scored her second career goal in the 56th minute with a redirect off a pass from senior Katie Gerzabek from the right side of the circle to make it a two-goal lead for the Terrapins.
Miller cut it back to a one-goal game with just under 10 minutes to play. She corralled the ball in front of the goal and slung a high shot into the top left corner of the cage.
The Minutewomen earned a penalty corner with 22 seconds left to play, but the Terrapin’s defensive penalty corner unit picked up a stop to end the game at 3-2.
Maryland outshot Massachusetts, 25-7, and had eight penalty corners to the Minutewomen’s three. Carlino notched 12 saves for UMass. Cabrera had three for the Terrapins.
Next, the Terps will take on Northeastern Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Spooky Nook Sports Complex in their final game of the Conference Cup. Then Maryland will return home to host No. 2 North Carolina Friday at 4 p.m. at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.
LiveStats will be available for Sunday’s game vs. Northeastern and updates will also be posted to the Maryland Field Hockey Facebook page and Twitter feed, so "Like" and "Follow" to get updates sent straight to you.
Tickets to the Conference Cup are $8 for adults and $5 for students (with student ID) and children under 14. The Terrapins will host a clinic with Temple Saturday. The clinic is from 12-2 p.m. and is $35 per athlete. Log on to www.spookynooksports.com to register.
The Terrapins were tabbed as the nation’s No. 1 team in the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Preseason poll released Tuesday.
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