No. 3 Maryland Tops No. 6 Michigan, 4-2, in Field Hockey

Sept. 20, 2003

Box Score

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - In a showdown of two top 10 field hockey teams, third-ranked Maryland defeated sixth-ranked Michigan, 4-2, on Saturday afternoon at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex, snapping a four-game Wolverine win streak. The Terps extend their season-opening win streak to eight games and remain undefeated on the season while Michigan falls to 4-3 overall, including 0-3 against ACC teams.

After battling back-and-forth, the Terrapins (8-0) broke a stalemate in the 11th minute. A penalty corner disrupted the U-M defense and, after the initial shot and save, sophomore Jackie Ciconte (Wilmington, Del.) tipped in the ball past Michigan goalkeeper Molly Maloney for the first score of the game. Junior co-captain Sara Silvetti (Wapwallopen, Pa.) assist on the play.

About a minute later, junior Colleen Barbieri (Centereach, N.Y.) scored her seventh goal of the season, putting the Terps ahead 2-0. The Wolverines were able to stave off Maryland the rest of the half and trailed just 2-0 at the break.

The Wolverines forced five penalty corners in the second period after getting just one in the first half. Michigan's Stephanie Johnson capitalized on one of those opportunities, bringing U-M within 2-1 almost five minutes into the second half.

In the 63rd minute, standing wide open inside the post, Silvetti connected with junior Anja Boettcher's (Ingolstadt, Germany) to push the lead back up to two goals, 3-1. The goal is Boettcher's eighth of the year.

Silvetti collected her third helper of the game, a career high, passing off a deflected shot to sophomore Amber McQuillan (Coopersburg, Pa.) for the insurance tally in the 69th minute.

The Wolverines responded 51 seconds later with Jessica Blake scoring on another penalty corner opportunity in the final minutes of the game, making the score 4-2. But the Terps held off the Wolverines in the final 1:05 to claim the win.

The Terps were outcornered 6-5 but outshot the Wolverines, 18-13. The 18 Michigan shots and two goals is the most the Maryland defense has allowed in a game all season.

Sophomore goalkeeper Tori Cano (Sea Cliff, N.Y.) earns the win, making four saves. Michigan goalie Molly Maloney had eight stops.

The Wolverines' three losses have come at the hands of ACC teams. Michigan started the year 0-2, losing to Wake Forest and North Carolina at the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. U-M has also allowed four goals to each ACC squad.

Maryland is in action on Sunday, Sept. 21 at 2 p.m. when it hosts Harvard. The Crimson lost to No. 20 Richmond, 3-2, on Saturday at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex. The Crimson are also receiving votes in this week's NFHCA poll. Prior to the Terps' match, the Wolverines play James Madison at noon.

#6 Michigan (4-3)   0   2 - 2
#3 Maryland (8-0)   2   2 - 4
GOALS: MICH, Stephanie Johnson (Jessica Blake, Adrienne Hortillosa), 39:58; Jessica Blake (Adrienne Hortillosa, Jill Civic), 68:55; UM, Jackie Ciconte (Sara Silvetti); 10:35, Colleen Barbieri, 11:54; Anja Boettcher (Sara Silvetti), 63:07; Amber McQuillan (Sara Silvetti), 68:04. SHOTS: MICH 13, UM 18. PENALTY CORNERS: MICH 6, UM 5. SAVES: MICH, Molly Maloney 8 (4 GA, 70:00); UM, Tori Cano 4 (2 GA, 70:00). ATTENDANCE: 417.