Sept. 29, 2006
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - After a 1-1 tie early in the first half, the No. 1-ranked Maryland field hockey team scored four unanswered goals to runaway with a 4-1 victory over No. 8 Virginia on Friday night in Charlottesville, Va. Reigning ACC Player of the Week Nicole Muracco scored twice in the victory.
Maryland (11-0, 3-0 ACC) got on the board with their first shot of the game, which came in the sixth minute of play. Senior Berber Rischen (Rotterdam, Netherlands) deflected the hit towards the cage and freshman Nicole Muracco (Sewell, N.J.) tipped the ball down and in, putting the Terps on the board first.
The Cavaliers (8-4, 1-2 ACC) attacked the Maryland scoring circle and junior All-American Kathryn Masson (Richmond, British Columbia) saved the first of two attempts, but Traci Ragukas was able to push the ball into the cage and knot the score at 1-1 in the 12th minute.
With time winding down in the half, freshman Ameliet Rischen (Rotterdam, Netherlands) took a pass, eluded a defender and the goalkeeper, and sent the ball into the net in the 33rd minute, giving the Terps a 2-1 lead heading into the half.
On Maryland's first penalty corner of the second half, senior Kristina Edmonds (Emmaus, Pa.) started the variation to the left where sophomore Susie Rowe (London, England) sent a ball into the cage for a 3-1 advantage.
The Virginia offense was then able to generate two penalty corners but Masson, who logged seven saves on the evening, made the stop on both direct strikes.
Despite playing a man short, the Terrapins were able to maintain their lead. Masson denied the Cavaliers on successive shots. After returning to full strength, national player of the year Paula Infante (Santiago, Chile) fed Berber Rischen along the endline, who attacked and scored on a short angle in the 63rd minute to make the score 4-1.
A corner in the final minute gave Maryland another scoring opportunity. Berber Rischen's shot was tipped into the cage by Muracco, and the Terps closed the game with a 5-1 advantage.
Maryland closes out its road trip with a trip to State College, Pa., to face No. 20 Michigan on Sunday, Oct. 1 at noon on the campus of Penn State University.
No. 1 Maryland (11-0, 3-0 ACC) 2 3 - 5 No. 8 Virginia (8-4, 1-2 ACC) 1 0 - 1
GOALS: MD, Nicole Muracco (Berber Rischen), 5:04; Ameliet Rischen, un, 31:14; Susie Rowe (Kristina Edmonds), pc, 38:26; Berber Rischen (Paula Infante), 62:15; Nicole Muracco (Berber Rischen), pc, 69:54. VA, Traci Ragukas, un, 11:09. SHOTS: MD 11, VA 8. PENALTY CORNERS: MD 7, VA 3. GOALS: MD, Kathryn Masson 7 (1 GA, 70:00); VA, Katherine Blair 2 (2 GA, 35:00), Amy Desjadon 3 (3 GA, 35:00). ATTENDANCE: 543.