Oct. 11, 2005
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Powered by a couple of goals each from senior Jackie Ciconte and junior All-American Paula Infante, the second-ranked Maryland field hockey team exploded for five second-half goals to cruise to a 5-1 victory over Princeton Tuesday night at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex. The Terps have won the last eight meetings between the teams, improving their all-time record against the Tigers to 10-4-1.
The Terps (14-1) trailed for most of the first half after Princeton's Paige Schmidt converted on a penalty corner off the pass from older sister Hillary Schmidt in the 12th minute. Maryland could not answer as the Tigers (5-7) limited the Terps to just five shots in the period.
After the break and still behind, 1-0, the Terps came to life. Less than two minute into the new period, Infante (Santiago, Chile) rocketed a pass into the circle where Ciconte (Wilmington, Del.) deflected it into the net to even the score, 1-1.
Infante then knocked in the eventual game winner at 48:02 on a penalty corner. Senior Tiffany Marsh (Marathon, N.Y.), who is ranked second in the nation in assists, picked up her 13th of the season, while sophomore Janneke van Leeuwen (Hilversum, Netherlands) was also credited with an assist.
Infante connected with Ciconte, once again, at 53:43 to give Maryland a 3-1 lead. Freshman Sarah Scholl's (Center Valley, Pa.) expanded the lead on the putback, then Infante scored her second of the game on a penalty cover to cap the evening at 5-1.
Infante had a season high six points to end the game, adding two assists to go along with her two tallies.
After holding a slight edge on shots in the first half, 5-4, the Terps broke out for 12 attempts while limiting the Tigers to just one in the second stanza. Maryland boasts the second-ranked defense in the nation.
ACC Player of the Week Kathryn Masson (Richmond, British Columbia), who leads the nation in goals against average and save percentage, notched three saves. Princeton goalie Allison Nemeth recorded six saves.
The Terps play their second game of their final homestand on Friday, October 14 when they host No. 8 Old Dominion to close out the regular-season home-and-home series. Maryland won the first meeting in September, claiming a thrilling 1-0 overtime win in Norfolk, Va. Sunday, Oct. 16 marks the final regular-season home game of the careers of six Terrapins. Maryland will honor six Terps for Senior Day before the start of the contest vs. Delaware on Sunday.
Princeton (5-7) 1 0 - 1 No. 2 Maryland (14-1) 3 1 - 4GOALS: PU, Paige Schmidt (Hillary Schmidt), pc, 11:17. MD, Jackie Ciconte (Paula Infante), 36:52; Paula Infante (Tiffany Marsh, Janneke van Leeuwen), pc, 48:02; Jackie Ciconte (Paula Infante), 53:43; Sarah Scholl, 57:18; Paula Infante (Lauren Powley, Tiffany Marsh), pc, 68:27. SHOTS: PU 5, MD 17. PENALTY CORNERS: PU 3, MD 5. SAVES: PU, Allison Nemeth 6 (5 GA, 70:00); MD, Kathryn Masson 3 (1 GA, 70:00). ATTENDANCE: 203.
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