Oct. 7, 2007
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The second-ranked Maryland field hockey team topped No. 14 Boston University, 3-1, at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex Sunday afternoon. Coming off of Saturday's 4-2 road win against Duke, the Terps returned home to earn its 18th-consecutive victory dating back to last season and improved to 14-0 in front of a school-record 1,784 fans. The Terriers' record fell to 10-4.
Prior to the start of Sunday's game, Maryland head coach Missy Meharg was honored for her 20 years on the Terrapin bench. With the victory today, her career record improved to 341-95-9. She is ranked among the top 20 winningest coaches in NCAA field hockey history.
Freshman Katie O'Donnell (Blue Bell, Pa.) put the Terps on the board in the sixth minute, dodging past Boston University's goalie Kim Katsuk and a hard shot into the back, left corner of the cage. The unassisted tally was O'Donnell's 14th of the season as she remains Maryland's scoring leader.
BU returned the favor with 18:29 elapsed as Gabby Hajjar tapped in a goal off of a pass into the circle by Holly Wiles. The score would stand at 1-1 for the remainder of the first half.
Less than five minutes into the second period, sophomore Alexis Pappas (Mount Joy, Pa.) smacked a shot into the circle that junior Sarah Scholl (Center Valley, Pa.) deflected past the goalie to break the tie, 2-1. Pappas would assist on another goal in the 56th minute, this time to senior Janneke van Leeuwen (Hilversum, Netherlands) with a pass off the goalie's pads after a rebound. The goals brought Scholl's and van Leeuwen's season totals to three and seven, respectively.
Senior Kathryn Masson (Richmond, British Columbia) saved four shots for the Terps in a full-game effort, including a diving save in the 65th minute to stop a BU breakaway by Hayley Hamada. Katsuk amassed eight saves in the cage for the Terriers.
Pappas' two assists in the game tied a career high. She dished out two in a win over Northwestern last year.
The Terps' win extends the record for best start to a season to 14 games. Maryland broke the previous record of 12-0 in its win at Duke. The record crowd of 1,784 broke the program's attendance mark previously set earlier this season against Wake Forest on Sept. 22 when 1,734 fans were in attendance to watch the Terps' 3-2 victory.
Maryland is back in action on Sunday, Oct. 12 against No. 13 Old Dominion to close out the home-and-home series. The Terps defeated the Lady Monarchs on Aug. 31 4-1 in Norfolk, Va.
#14 Boston University (10-4) 1 0 - 1 #2 Maryland (14-0) 1 2 - 3GOALS: BU, Gabby Hajjar (Holly Wiles), 18:29; MD, Katie O'Donnell (un), 6:20; Sarah Scholl (Alexis Pappas), 39:49; Janneke van Leeuwen (Alexis Pappas), 56:30. SHOTS: BU 8, MD 13. PENALTY CORNERS: BU 2, MD 2. SAVES: BU, Kim Katsuk 8 (3 GA, 70:00); MD, Kathryn Masson 2 (1 GA, 70:00). ATTENDANCE: 1784 - school record.