Terp Field Hockey Cruises to 7-0 Win over Richmond

Sept. 28, 2008

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland field hockey dominated Richmond in a 7-0 win Sunday afternoon at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex. Senior Susie Rowe, junior Nicole Muracco and sophomore Katie O'Donnell led the No. 3-ranked Terrapins with two goals a piece in the shutout win. Sophomore Mary Reilly tallied one goal for the Terps, as well.

"I am pleasantly surprised by the entire weekend," said Maryland head coach Missy Meharg, who is one of only 11 coaches in NCAA field hockey history with at least 350 career wins. She picked up her 354th against the Spiders this afternoon. "Playing against a Richmond squad that went to overtime with James Madison [who is ranked in the top 10] and defeated [No. 14] American earlier this weekend is tremendous, especially coming back from a big win [at Wake Forest] then taking a six-hour bus ride home yesterday. We played very mature these two games and I'm pleased where we are at."

Sophomore All-American Katie O'Donnell (Blue Bell, Pa./Wissahickon) scored the game-winner and the insurance goal in the first half, giving the Terrapins a 2-0 lead at the break. Her first goal came nearly 25 minutes into the game, breaking away for a one-on-one with the goalkeeper after intercepting the ball from the Spiders, giving Maryland a 1-0 lead. Her second goal was with just four minutes remaining in the period off of a rebounded shot from Susie Rowe (London, England/Colfe's School).

The Terrapins took complete control early in the second half when Nicole Muracco (Sewell, N.J./Washington Township) scored on a pass from sophomore Meghan Dean (Marathon, N.Y./Marathon Central) to put the Terps ahead, 3-0. Muracco struck again a little over a minute later when she scored on a penalty corner, with the pass from Rowe.

Rowe, a two-time All-American, scored back-to-back goals on penalty corners in the 48th and 57th minutes. Junior Alexis Pappas (Mount Joy, Pa./Donegal) and Alicia Morawski (Gross Point, Mich./ Gross Point South) were credited with assists in Rowe's first tally, with senior Emma Thomas (High Wycombe, England/Wycombe [University of Bath]), who is the newest member of the Terps, and O'Donnell assisting on Rowe's second goal.

Sophomore Mary Reilly (Newark, Del./Archmere Academy) wrapped things up for the Terrapins in the 61st minute, intercepting a Richmond (3-6) pass before scoring a 1-v-1 goal.

Comiong off a 4-2 win over the top-ranked Demon Deacons on Saturday, the Terps took 32 shots on Sunday, while smothering the Spiders and giving up just one. The one shot for Richmond did not come until late in the second period. Maryland also had a season-high 17 penalty corners, while RU had just one. Richmond's goalkeepers, Becca Weaver and Jacki Raithel, combined for 14 saves in the game, while Maryland keepers, Alicia Grater (Gilberstville, Pa./Boyerstown Area) and Melissa Vassalotti (Huntingdon Valley, Pa./Sainst Basil Academy), split time in the cage and helped the Terps post their fourth shut out of the season.

The Terrapins return to action next weekend, looking to remain perfect in ACC play. Maryland travels to Virginia, who is ranked in the top 10 this week, on Saturday, Oct. 4. The game time has been moved to an 11 a.m. start.

Richmond (3-6)     0   0  -  0
#3 Maryland (9-1)  2   5  -  7
GOALS: RU, None. MD, Katie O'Donnell (un), 23:49; Katie O'Donnell (un), 30:21; Nicole Muracco (un), 38:20; Nicole Muracco (Susie Rowe), 39:33; Susie Rowe (Alexis Pappas, Alicia Morawski), 47:39; Susie Rowe (Emma Thomas, Katie O'Donnell), 56:50; Mary Reilly (un), 60:02. SHOTS: RU 1, MD 32. PENALTY CORNERS: RU 1, MD 17. SAVES: RU, Becca Weaver 9 (4GA, 40:16), Jackie Raithel 5 (3 GA, 29:44); MD, Alicia Grater 0 (0GA, 70:00), Melissa Vassalotti 0 (0GA, 22:21). ATTENDANCE: 315.