Field Hockey Terps Top Fairfield, 7-1, To Advance To NCAA Second Round

Nov. 10, 2001

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Senior international All-Americans Rachel Hiskins (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) and Caroline Walter (Reilingen, Germany) each netted two goals and junior Carissa Messimer (Mountaintop, Pa.) handed out four assists as the second-seeded Maryland Terrapins overpowered Fairfield, 7-1, in a NCAA First Round match in College Park. Messimer's four helpers were the most by any Terrapin in a NCAA game in the school's 14 appearances in the championship tournament, and also ties for the third-most by any player in NCAA championship history.

The Terrapins advance to take on Syracuse on Sunday at 2 p.m. at Maryland's Artificial Turf Facility in the Second Round. The Orange came from behind to tie Cal late in the match, and then nipped the Bears in overtime on a Kristin Aronowicz rebound.

Maryland came out firing from the opening whistle, outshooting the stags 16-0 in the opening period. Hiskins broke through for the Terps at the 18:26 mark on a corner shot from Messimer and Honda Award hopeful Autumn Welsh (Macungie, Pa.), and the floodgates opened from there. Walter dodged through traffic to bury Messimer's second assist of the game for her first score, and All-ACC senior Dina Rizzo (Walpole, Mass.) tipped in an indirect corner goal to make it 3-0 at 3:49. Hiskins put the Terrapins up by four with a field goal flick that sailed over Stag keeper Lauren Thomas and into the net thirty-nine seconds before halftime.

The Terrapins emptied their bench in the second half but continued to execute. Messimer fed Walter at 27:20 on a breakaway, leaving the three-time all-conference selection with just the keeper to beat. Welsh netted a penalty stroke with 17:49 to play, before Fairfield was able to piece together a 2 v. 1 where Alexia Kennedy set up all-time Stag leading scorer Iza Kotowski. The senior tandem drew Terp freshman Kerry Hearsey (Leicester, England) out of the cage and grounded a shot for the Stags' lone score.

But redshirt freshman Sara Silvetti (Wapwallopen, Pa.) buried a direct corner from Welsh and Messimer to make it a 7-1 final. Hearsey, who split time with senior Ashley Hohnstine (Oak Hill, Va.) in the Terps' net, finished with two saves.

Messimer has registered five goals and five assists for 15 points in the last five games.

"What makes Carissa so exciting during this time of the season is the crescendo that builds up," said Terp head coach Missy Meharg of Messimer's performance. "She is really courageous and leaves it all out on the field, and she is just extremely passionate about the postseason."

	                 1st  2nd     Final
No. 2 Maryland (18-3)     4    3    --	7
Fairfield (11-11)         0    1    --	1

GOALS: Maryland - Rachel Hiskins (Autumn Welsh, Carissa Messimer (DC)), 18:26 (1st), Caroline Walter (Messimer), 17:50 (1st), Dina Rizzo (Hiskins (IC)), 3:49 (1st), Hiskins (un), 00:39 (1st), Walter (Messimer), (2nd) 27:20, Welsh (un (PS)), 17:49, Sara Silvetti (Welsh, Messimer (DC)). Fairfield - Iza Kotowski (Alexia Kennedy), 21:32 (2nd). SHOTS: Maryland 28, Fairfield 3. PENALTY CORNERS: Maryland 16, Fairfield 9. CAUTIONS: Fairfield - Katie Kelleher (Green), 6:55 (2nd). SAVES: Maryland - Ashley Hohnstine (0 saves, 0 goals allowed, 35:00 minutes). Fairfield - Lauren Thomas (11 saves, 7 goals allowed, 70:00 minutes). ATTENDANCE: 386.

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