Top-Ranked Terps Take Down ODU, 6-3

Sept. 4, 2009

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NORFOLK, Va. - The No. 1-ranked Maryland field hockey team defeated No. 16 Old Dominion 6-3 Friday evening on the Monarchs' home field. The Terps broke a tie with the Monarchs for the all-time record that is now 23-22-1 in favor of the Terrapins.

The Monarchs came out of the gate ready to attack the top-ranked Terps, with a shot by Katie Ueberroth less than ten seconds into the game and a goal by Kathleen Shea ten seconds later. The Terrapins rebounded quickly and took control of the game to even up the score with junior Katie O'Donnell tapping in a long distance pass from senior Kristina Foster just over seven minutes into the game.

Freshmen Colleen Gulick scored her first career goal as a Terrapin five minutes later off a penalty corner rebound. The Monarchs' Loran Hatch evened up the score ten minutes later off another penalty corner. Just before the half, Maryland senior Emma Thomas put the Terps ahead for good off of a shot from senior Alexis Pappas and O'Donnell with an elevated shot off a penalty corner. The Terrapins led at half 3-2.

O'Donnell, the Terps' goal leader on the season with five, scored twice more in the game. The first was from senior Brianna Davies in a one-on-one opportunity with Old Dominion's goalkeeper, Kelly Driscoll. O'Donnell's third goal of the game was unassisted from just inside the circle.

Maryland welcomed freshman Megan Frazer to the team, as she finished playing overseas last week. Frazer also earned her first career goal as a Terp with just over ten minutes to play in the game off of an Old Dominion turnover.

"We got a lot of different players in and had an opportunity to see Megan Frazer play. She had a goal and was instrumental. We got her into the groove a little bit," head coach Missy Meharg said.

Anna Kern of the Monarchs scored the last goal of the game less than a minute later.

The Terrapins outshot Old Dominion 22-8 and took eight penalty corners to the Monarchs' five. Senior goalkeeper Alicia Grater added four saves on the day.

"We had a tremendous day offensively with 22 shots. Katie O'Donnell played very strong. We're just really pleased and it was a solid step for our team," Meharg said.

The Terrapins will welcome the 1999 national championship team back to College Park Sunday. The 1999 Terps will play a scrimmage at 11:30, before the current Terps take the field against No. 19 Michigan at 1 p.m. The team from 1999 will be honored at halftime.

- Go Terps -