Terps' Offense Explodes to Rally Past BC, 7-4

Sept. 14, 2012

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Freshman Alyssa Parker and the offense of the fourth-ranked Maryland field hockey team scored seven straight goals to rally past a three-goal deficit late in the first half for a 7-4 win over No. 18 Boston College Friday night. Parker led the Terrapins offense with her first career goal and hat trick all in the same night.

"BC clearly wanted to step on the field and make a statement that they're a great team in the ACC this year. They are very talented," Meharg said. "I think how we won was we started to play how we know we can play. Every 50-50 ball in the second half belonged to Maryland. That's where the game starts and it's from the heart."

After trailing by three goals 27 minutes into the game, the Terrapins (6-1, 1-0 ACC) rattled off seven straight goals, all over the course of the final 43 minutes for the win in both teams' ACC opener.

Maryland honored head coach Missy Meharg for her 25th season as head coach of the Terrapins prior to Friday's game. They celebrated her legacy of seven national titles, nine ACC championships, 14 Final Fours and nine National Coach of the Year honors.

Boston College (4-3, 0-1) took an early lead with a score by Katlyn Soucy 7:52 into the game. The Eagles extended their lead to 2-0 in the 13th minute with a goal by Jacqui Moorfield. Soucy scored again off a scramble in front of the goal to make it 3-0 at 26:34.

Sixty-six seconds later, Megan Frazer found freshman Alyssa Parker for the tip-in and her first career goal and to put the Terps on the board.

With 3:32 left in the half, reigning ACC Player of the Week Ali McEvoy struck off a corner setup from Frazer and Anna Dessoye to make it a 3-2 game at halftime.

Parker struck again in the 47th minute off a feed from sophomore Steffi Schneid, who found her along the baseline to tie the game.

After a penalty corner in the 58th minute, the Terrapins were awarded a stroke. McEvoy made the stroke, giving the Terps a 4-3 lead. Less than five minutes later, Frazer scored with a high shot off a pass from senior Janessa Pope.

Boston College pulled its goalkeeper with seven minutes to go. In the 67th minute, Parker finished off her hat trick with a feed from Jill Witmer off a fast break to make it 6-3. Shelby Sydnor scored the Terrapins' final goal with 1:45 left to play with a backhanded shot from the top right corner of the circle.

The Eagles' Nicole Shuster put in their final goal off a penalty corner in the final minute.

Maryland outshot Boston College, 16-10. Both teams had six penalty corners each.

Junior Natalie Hunter started in goal for the Terps. Redshirt sophomore Brooke Cabrera played the second half in goal and notched three saves. Boston College's Leah Settipane had three saves as well.

Next, the Terrapins will take on No. 13 Wake Forest next Saturday, Sept. 22 at 1 p.m. in Winston-Salem, N.C. GameTracker live stats will be available and the game will be shown live online for a fee.