Field Hockey Terps Stun Old Dominion, 2-0

Sept. 8, 2002

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The young Maryland field hockey squad (4-0, 0-0 ACC) passed its first major test on Sunday with a 2-0 shutout victory over non-conference powerhouse Old Dominion (3-1, 1-0 CAA). Junior Katrin Rummer (Karlsruhe, Germany) extended her point-scoring streak to four games, netting the game winner early and assisting on freshman Tiffany Marsh's (Marathon, N.Y.) first career goal, which provided the Terps with needed insurance late in the opening period. Meanwhile, sophomore keeper Kerry Hearsey (Leicester, England) saved four shots and withstood eight penalty corner attempts to deny the Monarchs, who were coming off a 13-0 win over Towson on Saturday.

The Terrapins, who reached the NCAA final game in 2001 despite falling to the Monarchs twice, posted their first victory over Old Dominion since Sept. 3, 2000, and their third shutout victory in a series that dates to 1982.

"I'm most pleased with how mature our team was in following the game plan, and I was also impressed with our strength on the ball," said the Terps' 2001 ACC and national coach of the year Missy Meharg. "Old Dominion is such a great program, and they are always very physically strong, and I think Maryland played a great game with them in that area."

The play was fast-moving and aggressive from the opening whistle, but it did not take Maryland long to break through for their first score. Just under six minutes had passed in the first half when Marsh carried the ball along the right side of the cage and ripped it into the pads of Old Dominion's first-half keeper Tina Walker. Rummer collected the loose ball and flicked it over the outstretched Walker and into the back of the net. It was Rummer's first goal of the season after amassing five assists in the Terps' first three games.

After nearly 25 more minutes of gritty, hard-fought hockey the Terrapins found the cage again. Rummer paid back the favor, breaking free on the right side and skipping a pass across the goal mouth to Marsh, who was waiting on the doorstep to bury it with a slapshot. The Terps took a 2-0 lead and never relinquished it.

The rest of the contest was evenly matched, as both squads finished with 10 shots apiece. ODU senior keeper Marybeth Freeman checked in at halftime and shut the door on the Terps, stopping slappers by Marsh and 2001 ACC Rookie of the Year Colleen Barbieri (Centereach, N.Y.). Hearsey was simply brilliant for the Terrapins, totaling four saves and even thwarting ODU's Katie Moyer and Tiffany Snow in the match's final seconds.

The Terps meet up with Old Dominion, who will certainly be ranked in the top 5 when the first NFHCA Coaches Poll of 2002 is released on Tuesday, once again in Norfolk, Va., on Oct. 19. The Terrapins have played a home-and-away series with the Monarchs each year since 1998.

Maryland hosts the Terrapin Invitational this week, in which the Terps and American University Eagles will meet up with a pair of New England-area teams in Boston University and Massachusetts. American takes on Boston University on Friday, Sept. 13, at 4 p.m, followed by a match-up between the Terps and Minutewomen at 7 p.m. The teams flip-flop on Sunday, Sept. 15 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Admission to the Terps' Artificial Turf facility is free.

Old Dominion (3-1, 1-0 CAA)   0  0  --  0
Maryland (4-0, 0-0 ACC)       2  0  --  2

GOALS: Old Dominion - None. Maryland - Katrin Rummer (un), 5:90 (1st); Tiffany Marsh (Rummer), 30:32 (1st). SHOTS: Old Dominion 10, Maryland 10. PENALTY CORNERS: Old Dominion 8, Maryland 2. CARDS: Old Dominion - Lynn Farquhar (Green), 22:47 (1st); Tiffany Snow (Yellow), 58:01 (2nd). Maryland - Izzy Palmer (Green), 28:01 (1st); Courtney Thornton (Yellow), 68:39 (2nd). SAVES: Old Dominion Tina Walker (3 saves, 2 goals allowed, 35:00 minutes); Marybeth Freeman (2 saves, 0 goals allowed, 35:00 minutes). Maryland - Kerry Hearsey (4 saves, 0 goals allowed, 70:00 minutes). ATTENDANCE: 381.