Field Hockey Upends No. 1 North Carolina

October 11, 1998

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland put forth its best overall performance of the season and defeated the University of North Carolina, 5-0 at the Astro Turf facility.

It marked the first Terrapin win against the Tarheels since the 1993 NCAA Championship and the first win at home since 1991. Coming off a tough loss to #2 Old Dominion earlier in the week, the Terps were looking for a solid team performance.

"I'm very proud of the team," said Maryland Head Coach Missy Meharg, "Old Dominion taught us a lesson on Thursday about championship field hockey and we responded this afternoon."

Sophomore midfielder Carla Tagliente (Cortland, N.Y./Marathon) led Maryland with two goals, increasing her team-high to eight and senior back Jen Pratt (Greene, N.Y./Greene Central) increased her ACC all-time assist mark to 63 with two on the afternoon. Sophomore back Molly Kauffman (West Lawn, Pa./Wilson) recorded a goal and an assist for the Terps.

In goal for Maryland, sophomore Angela Platt (Coleraine, N. Ireland/Dalriada) recorded six saves and faced the relentless Carolina attack all afternoon which totaled 14 shots and 13 corners.

Other standouts for the Terrapins included freshman Dina Rizzo (Walpole, Mass./Walpole) who opened the scoring six minutes into the game and sophomore Keli Smith (Selinsgrove, Pa./Selinsgrove) who tallied the second goal for Maryland 20 minutes later.

The Terrapins move to 8-5 overall, 2-2 in the ACC, while the Tarheels fall to 9-3, 1-1 in the ACC.

The next Maryland game is at home versus Bucknell on Tuesday, October 13 at 7:30 p.m.


                       1   2   F
Maryland (8-5)	       2   3   5
North Carolina (9-3)   0   0   0

Rizzo (M), assisted by Hiskins, 29:00.
Smith (M), assisted by Pratt, 8:35.

Tagliente (M) unasissted, 33:53.
Tagliente (M) assisted by Pratt and Kauffman, 9:23.
Kauffman (M), assisted by Pratt and Tagliente, 0:00.

SHOTS: Maryland 12, North Carolina 14
SAVES: Maryland 6, North Carolina 4
PENALTY CORNERS: Maryland 9, North Carolina 13.