#2 Terp Field Hockey Shuts Out #19 Virginia, 4-0

Sept. 29, 2007

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The second-ranked University of Maryland field hockey team soundly defeated ACC opponent and 19th-ranked Virginia Saturday afternoon at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex. Leading 1-0 at halftime, the Terrapins turned up the offensive pressure in the second half to clinch the 4-0 victory over the Cavaliers.

The Terps displayed team work and unselfish for the second-straight game as four different players scored in the game. In the 4-1 win over Princeton, four different players also tallied goals to lead the team to victory.

In the fourth minute of the game, sophomore Nicole Muracco (Sewell, N.J.) first put the Terps on the board by knocking in the rebound off of saved penalty corner shot attempt. The goal was Muracco's 10th and is second on the team in goals behind freshman Katie O'Donnell (Blue Bell, Pa.), who has with 12.

Maryland would not score again until the second half when junior Sarah Scholl (Center Valley, Pa.) dodged the goalie and drove the ball into the center of the open cage for her second tally of the season. Senior Janneke van Leeuwen (Hilversum, Netherlands) followed with an unassisted goal of her own in the 49th minute, pushing in a rebound to bring her season total to five. A hard shot to the back of the cage by sophomore Ameliet Rischen (Rotterdam, Netherlands) in the 58th minute rounded out Maryland's scoring.

Virginia outshot Maryland 13-10 in the contest, only the second time this season the Terps have been outshot. Maryland, however, connected on three of its six second-half shots. The Cavaliers took 10 of their 13 shots in the second period, but goalkeepers senior Kathryn Masson (Richmond, British Columbia) and junior Alicia Grater (Gilbertsville, Pa.) were able to fend off the UVA attack to maintain the shutout. Grater amassed four saves in the final 20 minutes of the game, including three in a one-minute span. Masson also contributed four saves.

Maryland's winning streak extended to 15 games, dating back to the first round of last year's NCAA Tournament, but another streak came to an end. O'Donnell came into the contest tallying at least a point in every game this season, but was held to without a goal and an assist this afternoon. The Terps improved to 11-0 and 2-0 in ACC play, while the Cavaliers fell to 5-5 and 0-2 in the ACC.

The Terps will try to go for their 12th-consecutive win of the year, which would tie a school record, when they host regional foe Temple on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 1 p.m. at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.

#19 Virginia(5-5, 0-2)    0   0  -  0
#2 Maryland (11-0, 3-0)   1   3  -  4
GOALS: MD, Nicole Muracco (un), 4:24; Sarah Scholl (un), 42:54; Janneke van Leeuwen (un), 49:27; Ameliet Rischen (un), 58:08. SHOTS: VA 13, MD 10. PENALTY CORNERS: VA 4, MD 3. SAVES: VA, Devon Burnley 3 (4 GA, 70:00); MD, Kathryn Masson 4 (0 GA, 49:26); Alicia Grater 4 (0 GA, 30:34). ATTENDANCE: 555.