Oct. 12, 2007
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The second-ranked Maryland field hockey team turned up the pressure late in the game to put away No. 10 Old Dominion, 4-1, at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex on Friday evening. With the win, the Terrapins improved to 15-0 and extended their streak to 19-consecutive wins dating back to the first round of last year's NCAA Tournament. Both streaks are school record.
The Lady Monarchs, who was riding a seven-game winning streak, fell to 8-6.
Just two minutes into the contest, Hanna Warren put Old Dominion on the board with a penalty-corner goal assisted by Shannon Mobley. The early Monarch lead marked only the second time the Terps trailed all season, previously having to overcome a 1-0 deficit at Duke on Oct. 6.
Maryland evened the score in the 16th minute, as junior Susie Rowe (London, England) dished a hard pass from the top of the circle to senior Janneke van Leeuwen (Hilversum, Netherlands) on the end line to the left of the goal. Van Leeuwen executed a hard flick over the goalkeeper for the score, her eighth of the season.
The tie would stand all the way until the 54th minute when junior Ellen Ott (Schwenksville, Pa.) smacked a hard drive into the back of the cage on a direct penalty corner shot pushed in by van Leeuwen. Currently in the fifth spot for career leaders, the assist brought van Leeuwen's career total to 47.
With less than five minutes remaining on the clock, freshman Katie O'Donnell (Blue Bell, Pa.) exploded on offense, knocking in two goals in a one-minute span to clinch the win. In nearly identical scenarios, O'Donnell drove in unassisted goals off the rebound to notch her 15th and 16th goals of the season. A blocked shot by Rowe and a saved shot by sophomore Bri Davies provided the fuel for O'Donnell's goals.
O'Donnell remains Maryland's leading scorer, as well as leading the nation in goals (1.00) and points (3.00) per game entering the week. She was named ACC Player of the Week on Oct. 9 for the third time this season.
Maryland outshot Old Dominion in the match-up, 20-2, and outcornered the Monarchs, 5-2. In goal for Old Dominion, Kelly Driscoll made ten saves in a full-game effort.
The Terps' win improves their record for best start to a season to 15 games. Maryland broke the previous record of 12-0 in its win at Duke.
The Terps will face another Colonial Athletic Association opponent on Sunday as they travel to Delaware. Delaware fell off the NFHCA Top 20 poll this week after holding the 18th spot the previous week. Maryland will face its toughest challenge of the season on Oct. 20, taking on first-ranked North Carolina in Chapel Hill.
#10 Old Dominion(8-6) 1 0 - 1 #2 Maryland (15-0) 1 3 - 4
GOALS: ODU, Hanna Warren (Shannon Mobley), 2:09; MD, Janneke van Leeuwen (Susie Rowe), 16:11; Ellen Ott (Janneke van Leeuwen), 54:36; Katie O'Donnell (un), 65:12; Katie O'Donnell (un), 66:08. SHOTS: ODU 2, MD 20. PENALTY CORNERS: ODU 2, MD 5. SAVES: ODU, Kelly Driscoll 10 (4 GA, 70:00); MD, Kathryn Masson 0 (1 GA, 70:00). ATTENDANCE: 1014.