Sept. 12, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 1-ranked Maryland field hockey team opened the Terrapin Invitational today with a win over No. 13 Penn State University at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex. Five different Lady Terps scored in the contest and 19 played in the game. The Terps opened the match with an intensity and level of energy that took the wind out of Penn State early. The penalty corner execution was exceptional with four goals scored on attack penalty corners.
The Terrapins and the Nittany Lions faced off in the first game. Penn State took the field without its head coach, Charlene Morrett, who was home dealing with the death of a loved one.
"With the recent and unexpected passing of Reed Hayes, Coach Charlene Morett's long time companion, it was an extremely challenging day for the Penn State staff and players. Maryland extends our deepest sympathy to Char and her family. The day left players and coaches with a sense of mixed emotions. We look forward to competing tomorrow against Towson University," Maryland head coach Missy Meharg said.
Freshman Megan Frazer gave the Lady Terrapins momentum early and went on to earn the hat trick. Senior Nicole Muracco scored twice for the Terps. Seniors Ameliet Rischen and Emma Thomas, as well as freshman Colleen Gullick each scored one apiece.
The Nittany Lions found the goal in the early second half when Christine Dudek scored to finalize the score at 8-1.
Senior goalkeeper Alicia Grater notched four saves for the Terps with no goals allowed and redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Melissa Vassalotti had two saves in just over 19 minutes on the field. Penn State goalkeeper Ayla Halus had an impressive seven saves on the day.
The American Eagles flew past the Towson Tigers in the second match of the day with another 8-1 score. Seven different Eagles scored with Anne-Meik DeWiljes scoring twice. Towson's Kasie Nurko put the Tigers on the board.
Maryland will host the second day of the Terrapin Invitational tournament tomorrow at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex. American and Penn State will face off at noon and Towson will take on the Terps at 2 p.m.