Sept. 14, 2003
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The third-ranked Maryland field hockey team rolled passed Pacific, 7-0, to win the Terrapin Invitational on Sunday afternoon at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex. UM head coach Missy Meharg notched her 250th career victory as three different Terps tally two goals apiece in the triumph.
"The team played a very strong tournament and was very focused the whole time," said Meharg. "This was the attacking unit's best performance so far. They played good team offense and, in a game where it's easy to be selfish, they played with selflessness and moved well off the ball."
Maryland (6-0) rattled off three-straight goals in the first 7:33 to put the game away. Sophomore Jackie Ciconte (Wilmington, Del.) got the ball rolling just 47 seconds into the game, followed by a goal from junior All-American Colleen Barbieri (Centereach, N.Y.) and another Ciconte tally, making the score 3-0.
The Terps took a 4-0 lead over Pacific (2-4) in the 14th minute when Maryland was awarded a penalty stroke and freshman Paula Infante (Santiago, Chile) converted on the opportunity for the score. She has scored at least a goal in every game this season and two in half those matches.
Barbieri's second goal of the game was an unassisted tally in the 56th minute and Infante notched her second almost two minutes later.
Maryland outshot the Tigers, 29-2, for the game and outcornered Pacific, 16-1. The Terps allowed just two shots and one penalty corner in two games en route to winning the Terrapin Invitational. UM is 14-0 in seven years of the Terps' home tournament.
Pacific goalkeeper Gina Sadler had a strong showing in the cage, making 17 saves. Maryland goalkeepers Tori Cano (Seacliff, N.Y.) and Christina Restivo (Hereford, Md.) split time in the net to post the team's fifth shutout of the season.
Meharg is in her 16th season as head coach of the Maryland field hockey team. The program's all-time winningest coach, she boasts a career record of 250-81-9.
In the earlier game, after the team's were deadlocked at 0-0 at the break, American scored four goals in the second period and defeated Rutgers, 4-0.
Pacific (2-4) 0 0 - 0 #3 Maryland (6-0) 4 3 - 7GOALS: UM, Jackie Ciconte, 0:47; Colleen Barbieri, 5:24; Jackie Ciconte (Emily Boyer), 7:33; Paula Infante (penalty stroke), 13:46; Anja Boettcher (Emily Boyer, Lauren Powley); Colleen Barbieri, 55:32; Paula Infante Meredith Long, Lauren Powley), 57:13. SHOTS: UofP 2, UM 29. PENALTY CORNERS: UofP 1, UM 16. SAVES: UofP, Gina Sadler 17 (7 GA, 70:00); UM, Tori Cano 0 (0 GA, 47:47), Christina Restivo 1 (0 GA, 22:13). ATTENDANCE: 483.