Oct. 12, 2008
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - With the first half drawing to a close, the top-ranked Maryland Terrapins could not seem to gain an advantage on the pesky Penn Quakers despite dominating the time of possession. Then, as the half drew to a close, Ameliet Rischen took a centering pass from Meghan Dean and ripped a shot into the back of the goal with just a second left on the clock. The Terps never looked back, claiming a 5-1 victory on Sunday at the Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex in College Park.
The Terps (11-2, 3-1 ACC) pushed the Quakers (2-9, 1-2 Ivy) across the field all day, outshooting the Quakers 21-2. Penn had only one real scoring opportunity, converting on one of two shots about midway through the first half. The ball rarely entered the Penn attacking zone after that, as Maryland's stifling defense gave goalie Alicia Grater (Gilbertsville, Pa./Boyertown Area) a virtual day off in net.
After never holding a lead in Saturday's 3-2 defeat to No. 9 Duke, Maryland wasted little time in changing that on Sunday. Just over five minutes into the contest, senior Emma Thomas (High Wycombe, England/Wycombe) scored off a penalty corner for the first of two goals she would score on the day. The tally was assisted by senior Susie Rowe (London, England/Colfe's School).
Penn tied the score with 16:36 remaining, and it appeared that the game would remain deadlocked heading into intermission. That changed, though, when Meghan Dean (Marathon, N.Y./Marathon Central) found open space on the left side of Penn's half circle and dropped a centering pass into a streaking Ameliet Rischen (Rotterdam, Netherlands/Wolfert van Borselen) as the clock wound down. Rischen pounded the ball into the goal and gave the Terps a lead at halftime.
After a short conference, the officials ruled the goal good and sent Maryland into the locker room up 2-1.
Despite outshooting the Quakers 15-2 in the first half, the Terps let the Quakers stay within shouting distance. That didn't last long, though, as Maryland poured on the pressure in the second frame.
Susie Rowe rifled a shot in just under seven minutes into the half which was blocked by the Penn defense. The Quakers could not control the rebound, though, and Emma Thomas reeled it in and slammed it home.
Less than two minutes later, the Terrapins earned a penalty corner. Thomas and Rowe proceeded to reverse their roles from the first half corner goal, as this time Rowe sweeped a Thomas pass into the goal, suddenly creating a three-goal cushion for Maryland.
The Terps wrapped up their scoring when junior Cornelia Duffin raced into the half circle and knocked in an unassisted score with 24:46 remaining, her first goal of the season.
Maryland will be back in action on Tuesday when they face their second consecutive Ivy League opponent, traveling to Princeton. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. Fans can listen live at www.wmucsports.com to follow the action.
Penn (2-9, 1-2) 1 0 - 1 #1 Maryland (11-2, 3-1) 2 3 - 5
GOALS: PENN, Margaretha Ehret (un), 16:36. MD, Emma Thomas (Susie Rowe), 29:52; Ameliet Rischen (Meghan Dean), 00:01; Emma Thomas (un), 41:51; Susie Rowe (Emma Thomas), 43:04; Cornelia Duffin (un), 45:14. PENALTY CORNERS: PENN 2, MD 8. SAVES: PENN, Alanna Butera 7 (5 GA, 70:00); MD, Alicia Grater 1 (1 GA, 55:20); Melissa Vassalotti 0 (0 GA, 14:40). ATTENDANCE: 195.