Top-Ranked Field Hockey Dismantles Duke, 5-0

Oct. 12, 2002

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Led by the two-goal effort of freshman forward Tiffany Marsh (Marathon, N.Y.), the No. 1 Maryland field hockey team (12-1, 2-1 ACC) defeated its fourth-straight NFHCA top 20 opponent and picked up its second conference win of the season by blanking ACC-rival Duke, 5-0. Marsh's two goals in the first half sparked the Terrapins to their most efficient and relentless offensive performance of the season, as Maryland made the most of its 13 shots and saw seven different players register points.

Meanwhile, the Terrapin defense put together another solid effort to earn the sixth shutout of the season for sophomore netminder Kerry Hearsey (Leicester, England). The first-year starter saved three shots on the day, one coming on a direct corner attempt in the second half by Duke midfielder Gracie Sorbello that appeared to be destined for the lower-left corner of the goal.

The first goal of the day for Marsh came only four minutes into the contest, and eventually proved to be the game-winner. Sophomore midfielder Kristin Harris (Lititz, Pa.) picked up her first career assist, taking the ball into the circle and finding Marsh on the left post for the score. Second-year defensive back Emily Boyer (Oak Park, Ill.) registered her first assist of the season, similarly centering the ball to Marsh from the right wing, where the rookie assassin beat her defender and buried it in the 22nd minute. The score was 2-0 at halftime.

The Terps continued their offensive efforts as the second half began. Less than eight minutes into the period, sophomore Colleen Barbieri (Centereach, N.Y.) was fouled on a breakaway, allowing senior Honda hopeful Carissa Messimer (Mountaintop, Pa.) a chance to convert her second penalty stroke of the year. With the Terrapins ahead 3-0, Messimer paid back the favor, taking a pass from freshman Jackie Ciconte (Wilmington, Del.) and delivering a rocket to Barbieri for a deflection goal on the right post.

Ciconte, who has been a recent sparkplug for the Terrapins off the bench, received the just desserts for her hustle on a late-game corner opportunity. Senior Izzy Palmer (Malvern, England) rifled a shot in Ciconte's direction, which she deftly deflected into the goal cage.

The top-ranked Terrapins, who have now won five straight games after dropping their first game of the season to No. 3 Wake Forest in overtime, continue their homestand as Davidson comes to town on Sunday. The Terps square off against the Wildcats at 1 p.m. at the Artificial Turf Facility.

	                       1st  2nd	   Tot.
No. 12 Duke (8-5, 0-3 ACC)  0    0  --  0     
No. 1 Maryland (12-1, 2-1 ACC)  2    3  --  5

GOALS: Duke - None. Maryland - Tiffany Marsh (Kristin Harris), 4:11 (1st); Marsh (Emily Boyer), 21:41 (1st); Carissa Messimer (un (PS)), 43:16 (2nd); Colleen Barbieri (Messimer), 66:26 (2nd); Jackie Ciconte (Izzy Palmer), 68:21 (2nd). SHOTS: Duke 5, Maryland 13. PENALTY CORNERS: Duke 5, Maryland 7. CARDS: Duke - None. Maryland - None. SAVES: Duke - Christy Morgan (5 saves, 5 goals allowed, 70:00 minutes). Maryland - Kerry Hearsey (3 saves, 0 goals allowed, 70:00 minutes). ATTENDANCE: 396.