Oct. 8, 2005
DURHAM, N.C. - With the help of strong goalkeeping and team defense, No. 2 Maryland field hockey shut out No. 3 Duke, 2-0, at Williams Field in Durham, N.C., on Saturday afternoon. Facing the fifth-best offense in the nation, sophomore Kathryn Masson had a career-high 14 saves, as fellow goalkeeper Christina Restivo stopped a penalty shot in the first half to protect Maryland's lead.
The beginning of the game began in a downpour as the action got underway on the field. The rain quickly went away, but the action never slowed. The Terps (13-1, 3-1) were outshot, 12-6, in the first half but took advantage of their opportunities.
Maryland's Meredith Long (Ocean City, N.J.) got things started with a shot. Duke's Christy Morgan made the save, but junior All-American Paula Infante (Santiago, Chile) collected the rebound and squared off for goal less than six minutes into the game.
The Blue Devils (9-3, 2-2) did not back down, but the Terrapin defense remained strong. With 18 minutes remaining in the first half, Masson (Richmond, British Columbia) made a diving stop and was pulled away from the cage. Duke fired off another attempt, but defender junior Kristina Edmonds (Emmaus, Pa.) was on the baseline to make the defensive save. Masson recovered in time to thwart a third-consecutive shot from the Blue Devils to protect the 1-0 lead. At the end of that sequence, however, Duke was awarded a penalty shot which Maryland's Restivo (Parkton, Md.), who entered the game to defend the penalty shot, made the big save to keep the game at 1-0.
The Terps continued their opportunistic ways in the second half. Three and a half minutes into the period, Maryland moved the ball down the field and sophomore Janneke van Leeuwen made her way along the baseline and sailed a shot over the goalkeepers' head, the team's first of two shots of the half, giving the Terps a 2-0 cushion. With Masson's top-notch play in the goal and solid defense, Maryland hung on for the win.
Masson stopped a number of one-on-one opportunities and numerous other difficult attempts in traffic, en route to a career-high 14 saves. She remains undefeated against the Blue Devils, improving to 3-0 after posting a couple of wins last season.
The Terps' next game is Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. when they host regional rival Princeton.
No. 2 Maryland (13-1, 3-1) 1 1 - 2 No. 3 Duke (9-3, 2-2) 0 0 - 0GOALS: MD, Paula Infante, 5:35; Janneke van Leeuwen, 37:25. DU, None. SHOTS: MD 8, DU 25. PENALTY CORNERS: MD 2, DU 5. SAVES: MD, Kathryn Masson 14 (0 GA, 70:00); Christina Restivo 1 (0 GA, 0:00). DEFENSIVE SAVES: MD 2 (Kristina Edmonds, Susie Rowe), DU 0. ATTENDANCE: 304.