No. 1 Terps Hold Off No. 3 Virginia

Oct. 2, 2009

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 1-ranked Maryland field hockey team held off a strong effort from No. 3 Virginia. The Terps took a 3-1 win over their ACC rival to stay perfect at 12-0 (2-0), while Virginia fell to 11-1 (1-1).

Senior Nicole Muracco scored twice and senior Emma Thomas scored once for the Terps, while senior goalkeeper Alicia Grater had seven saves on the day. The game was physical and hard-fought from the very beginning, proven by a total of 12 cards issued throughout the game.

Associate head coach Marybeth Freeman said, "As a defensive unit, we had stellar defense inside our defensive 25 (yard-line). This week we focused on staying in the line of our attackers and intercepting. Overall, it was a very solid day against a very competitive Virginia team."

Neither team scored until late in the first half when Virginia's Paige Selenski scored off of a fast break up the side with just under three minutes left in the half. Maryland did not score until ten minutes into the second half when Muracco knocked in a shot from Thomas off of a penalty corner setup.

After tying the game at 1-1, momentum seemed to sway in the Terrapins' favor. Muracco scored again less than four minutes later from freshman Megan Frazer. The Terps earned a penalty shot with ten minutes remaining in the half. Thomas took the shot for the Terrapins and scored, finalizing the score at 3-1.

Assistant coach Tjerk van Herwaarden said, "The big win was controlling our emotion over an ACC rival. In moments, when we needed to, we were more controlling over the game. We needed to push through and we did."

The Terrapins kept their penalty corner advantage alive, taking 12 penalty corner opportunities to the Cavaliers' 6. Maryland outshot Virginia 23-12. Virginia goalkeeper Kim Katsuk had ten saves on the day.

Maryland will host No. 7 Princeton Wednesday night at 7 p.m. at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.

-Go Terps-