Maryland Field Hockey Holds Off No. 7 ODU, 3-2

Oct. 18, 2003

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 4 Maryland field hockey team cut No. 7 Old Dominion's late, second-half rally short and went on to defeat the Lady Monarchs, 3-2, at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex on Saturday afternoon in front of a crowd of 556 fans. Junior Anja Boettcher tallied two goals to lead the Terps to their first-ever regular-season series sweep versus ODU.

"Maryland played a very good game today. The team went out and excuted very well," said head coach Missy Meharg of her team. "ODU always plays good, aggresive hockey."

The Terps (10-5, 1-2 ACC) took the lead in the 10th minute and never looked back. Junior co-captain Sara Silvetti (Wapwallopen, Del.) made along pass from 30 yards out to Boettcher (Ingolstadt, Germany) who was on the left post and Boettcher knocked it in for the score.

At 17:01, sophomore Jackie Ciconte (Wilmington, Del.) stole a pass on the other side of half field and beat a defender down the right sideline. After beating another defender inside the scoring circle, she collided with goalkeeper Tina Walker and passed off to the left to a diving junior Meredith Long (Ocean City, N.J.) who swept the ball into the open net, giving Maryland a 2-0 lead.

Leading by a pair of goals, the Terps tacked on another with another well-excuted play with Boettcher scoring her second of the game on a pass from sophomore Amber McQuillan (Coopersburg, Pa.) in the 53rd minute.

Old Dominion (10-5, 6-0 CAA) put together a late surge, however, scoring a couple of goals at 59:35 and 61:25 to come within one tally. Dana Sensenig knocked in her own rebounded shot to score the Lady Monarchs first goal. Angie Loy then weaved through the defense and found the back of the net to make the score 3-2. But time ran out and the Terps successfully held off Old Dominion for the win.

Maryland was held to its lowest shot total of the season but still outshot ODU, 9-8. In her first-career start, redshirt freshman Christina Restivo (Hereford, Md.) made a career-high five saves in the game.

With the win, the Terps snap the Lady Monarchs six-game win streak. It is also only the second time since the series began in 1982 that Maryland has defeated ODU twice in one season. In 1995, the Terps won the regular-season matchup, 2-1, and also claimed a 1-0 victory in the NCAA Tournament. The Terps and the Lady Monarchs began the home-and-home series in 1999.

Maryland returns to action hosting the No. 15 team in the nation in Delaware tomorrow, Sunday, Oct. 19 at 2 p.m.

#7 Old Dominion (10-5, 6-0 CAA)         0          2     -    2
#3 Maryland (13-2, 1-2 ACC)             2          1     -    3
GOALS: ODU, Dana Sensing, 69:35; Angie Loy, 61:25. UM, Anja Boettcher (Sara Silvetti), 9:42; Meredith Long (Jackie Ciconte), 17:01; Anja Boettcher (Amber McQuillan), 52:17. SHOTS: ODU 8, UM 9. PENALTY CORNERS: ODU 3, UM 4. SAVES: ODU, Tina Walker 2 (3 GA, 70:00); UM, Christina Restivo 5 (2 GA, 70:00). ATTENDANCE: 556.