No. 1 Terps Down Third Straight Top 10 Opponent in No. 5 Princeton, 3-1

Sept. 28, 2001

The Maryland field hockey squad (8-1, 1-0 ACC) put together another "red hot" performance to beat the cold weather and the third top 10 opponent in the last three games. Senior Megan Kelly (Gaithersburg, Md.) notched her second game-winning goal in as many contests as the Terps dispatched the previously unbeaten No. 5 Princeton Tigers, (5-1, 2-0 Ivy), 3-1, at a chilly Artificial Turf Facility.

The Terp defense, led by senior back Autumn Welsh (Macungie, Pa.) and goalkeeper Ashley Hohnstine (Oak Hill, Va.), was brilliant, limiting Princeton's nationally top-ranked scoring offense to only six shots and the country's leading scorer, Ilvy Friebe, to only a late second-half goal. Maryland's high-octane offense, meanwhile, got off to an early start and never looked back.

Junior Carissa Messimer (Mountaintop, Pa.) helped the Terps to a 15-2 first half shot advantage and gave Maryland a 1-0 lead at the 11:48 mark in the opening period. ACC Player of the Week Colleen Barbieri (Centereach, N.Y.) collected a rebound off her own shot and slid it to Messimer, who punched it in for the score. Ten minutes later two-time All-American Rachel Hiskins (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) picked up one of her two assists on the day, finding Kelly in front of the cage for what proved to be the game-winner.

The Terrapins controlled the tempo for much of the second half as well, and tallied their third goal of the day when Barbieri beat Princeton's Kelly Baril with a rifle into the cage. The freshman has scored nine goals in nine games - this one off a feed from Hiskins. Friebe fired a shot off a Maryland defender and into the net toward the end of the period to make the final 3-1.

Hohnstine recorded three saves, including a spectacular sliding stop to stonewall Friebe in the first half. Rookie keeper Kerry Hearsey (Leicester, England) finished out the contest, making one save before the Tiger goal.

"Princeton is a really young, athletic, fiery team," said Terp head coach Missy Meharg after the contest. "I think they force Maryland to play at our highest level. We just keep trying to keep our goals simple and keep playing our outstanding brand of hockey."

The Terps host their second ACC match of the season on Sunday against the No. 11 Virginia Cavaliers. The match is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Artificial Turf Facility.

No. 1 Maryland (8-1, 1-0 ACC)   2  1  --  3
No. 5 Princeton (5-1, 2-0 Ivy)  0  1  --  1

GOALS: Maryland - Carissa Messimer (Colleen Barbieri), 11:48 (1st), Megan Kelly (Rachel Hiskins), 2:42 (1st), Barbieri (Hiskins), 17:01 (2nd). Princeton - Ilvy Friebe (un), 9:40 (2nd). SHOTS: Maryland 24, Princeton 6. PENALTY CORNERS: Maryland 7, Princeton 4. CARDS: Maryland - none. Princeton - Friebe (Green), 12:27 (2nd). SAVES: Maryland - Ashley Hohnstine (3 save, 0 goals allowed, 52:59 minutes), Kerry Hearsey (1 save, 1 goal allowed, 17:01 minutes), Princeton - Kelly Baril (13 saves, 3 goals allowed, 70:00 minutes). ATTENDANCE: 236.

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