Nov. 13, 2004
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland sophomore Paula Infante scored an NCAA Championship-record five goals, leading the third-seeded and second-ranked Terrapin field hockey team to a 5-2 win over No. 14 Delaware in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex on Saturday afternoon. Infante's 10 points is also an NCAA Tournament record. The Terps play the winner of this afternoon's Iowa-American matchup tomorrow, Sunday, Nov. 14 at 2 p.m.
Named to the All-ACC team for the second-straight year last week, Infante (Santiago, Chile) topped the previous record of four goals which had occurred six times in the 23-year history of the NCAA Tournament. The five tallies also ties a school record which was set by Judy Dougherty in 1980. The 10 points also bests the NCAA Tournament record which was nine.
Earlier in the season, the Terps (16-5) needed three late goals to claim a 4-3 victory over Delaware (15-7) in Newark, Del. In the first half of this game, the teams were evenly matched with Maryland, who advances to the second round of the tournament for the 10th-consecutive year and 15th time in school history, holding the slight edge in shots at 6-4.
The Blue Hens, who were making their first trip to the postseason tournament since 1988, scored the first goal of the game in the 13th minute on a goal from Amanda Warrington. However, Infante's goal evened the score in the 20th minute. At 31:15, Infante's shot from the top of the circle put the Terps ahead for the first time, 2-1, and held on until halftime.
Coming out of the break, the Terps were in complete control. The shot margin was 13-1 in the second period. While the Blue Hen's goalkeeper Megan Allen made six saves, she could not stop three-straight Infante tallies over the next 15 minutes and Maryland jumped out ahead with a commanding 5-1 lead.
With just over a minute left to play in the game, Erica LaBar added another goal for the Blue Hens but it was not enough as Maryland moved on in the tournament.
Parking is free on Sunday for the NCAA Tournament second-round game at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex and tickets go on sale at 1 p.m.
#14 Delaware (15-7) 1 1 -- 2 #2/#3 seed Maryland (15-7) 2 3 -- 5-TERPS-
GOALS UD - Amanda Warrington (un), 12:37 MD - Paula Infante (un), 19:18 MD - Paula Infante (un), 31:15 MD - Paula Infante (un), 44:31) MD - Paula Infante (Janneke van Leeuwen), pc, 48:22 MD - Paula Infante (un), 60:46 UD - Erica LaBar (un), 68:51