Field Hockey Captures Terrapin Invitational With 5-0 Victory

Sept. 9, 2001

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland field hockey squad (5-1) put together its most complete team effort in the young 2001 season, downing NCAA Championship host Kent State, 5-0, to claim the Terps' fifth Terrapin Invitational title in the five-year history of the event. Five different Terps found the back of the net on the offensive end, while Autumn Welsh (Macungie, Pa.) and the Terp backfield allowed the Golden Flashes (2-2) zero shots.

"We showed today the style we want to play and our transition to defense was really excellent," said head coach Missy Meharg. "I thought we played team attack and team defense as a unit and I'm very pleased. I hope the players are proud of themselves because they played very good hockey."

The Terp defense, which has limited opponents to only 4.7 shots per game (versus 29.8 spg by the Terp offense), helped senior goalkeeper Ashley Hohnstine (Oak Hill, Va.) to her fourth shutout of the season. Freshman Kerry Hearsey (Leicester, England) took over midway through the second half as part of a defensive effort that last limited an opponent to zero shots in Maryland's 8-0 win at Delaware, also on Sept. 9, of last season.

The Terrapins scored early and often in the opening period, first cracking the scoreboard when two-time All-American Rachel Hiskins (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) rebounded a penalty corner tip attempt by forward Megan Kelly (Gaithersburg, Md.) and punched it home.

Maryland's offense began to heat up toward the end of the first half, scoring three times in the final ten minutes. After a corner tip by Carissa Messimer (Mountaintop, Pa.), two-time All-Region senior Dina Rizzo (Walpole, Mass.) collected the loose ball and slid it past Kent's Jodi Lume. At the 5:22 mark, four-year forward Angie Klingerman's (Bloomsburg, Pa.) blast at the top of the circle deflected off the stick of one of the Golden Flashes and sailed into the upper-left corner of the cage. Rookie attacker Colleen Barbieri (Centereach, N.Y.) made it 4-0 at the break, slapping in a loose ball with 28 seconds remaining in the half.

The Terps worked many players into the game in the second stanza and continued to control the match's tempo. Sophomore Dawn Christensen (Columbia, Md.) continued her trend of making her minutes count, firing a flurry of shots with 1:09 remaining that was too much for the Kent backup goalie Jessica Creeden. Christensen's score in her first game action of 2001 made the final 5-0.

The Terps, now 2-0 at home, will hit the road once again for a pair of games in Amherst, Mass., this weekend. The Terrapins face Massachusetts on Sept. 15 and Louisville on Sept.16, both at 1 p.m.

No. 2 Maryland (5-1)  4  1  --  5
Kent State (1-4)      0  0  --  0

GOALS: Maryland - Rachel Hiskins (un), 29:47 (1st), Dina Rizzo (un), 8:01 (1st), Angie Klingerman (un), 5:22 (1st), Colleen Barbieri (un), 5:22 (1st), Dawn Christensen (un), 1:09 (2nd). Kent State - none. SHOTS: Maryland 35, Kent State 0. PENALTY CORNERS: Maryland 10, Kent State 1. SAVES: Maryland - Ashley Hohnstine (0 saves, 0 goals allowed, 47:58 minutes), Kerry Hearsey (0 saves, 0 goals allowed, 22:02 minutes), Kent State - Jodi Lume (13 saves, 4 goals allowed, 52:25 minutes), Jessica Creeden (8 saves, 1 goal allowed, 17:35 minutes). CARDS: Mary Szymonowicz (green), 14:47 (1st), Stephanie Mirner (yellow), 0:36 (2nd). ATTENDANCE: 374.

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