Sept. 19, 2007
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a battle of undefeated teams, the second-ranked Maryland field hockey team came away unscathed, defeating No. 9 American, 4-0, in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday afternoon. Four different Terrapins scored in the win despite facing the top goalkeeper in the nation.
American's goalkeeper Alyssa Poorman had allowed just four goals in the team's first eight games of the season and boasted the top goals against average in the country. AU (8-1) seemed to be in control from the onset. In the first half, Maryland had just five shots and no penalty corners, but it made the most of its opportunities.
After AU's had a wide shot on a penalty corner with about 20 minutes remaining in the half, Maryland countered on the restart and broke down field about. Freshman Katie O'Donnell (Blue Bell, Pa.) sprinted down the sideline and took a running shot from the top of the circle to the opposite post, finding the back of the net, giving Maryland a 1-0 lead. It was the Terps' first shot of the game.
With less than three minutes to go in the period, Maryland again countered on another American penalty corner, causing a breakaway situation for the Terps. Sophomore Nicole Muracco (Sewell, N.J.) made a long pass to O'Donnell who was unmarked in the shooting circle, causing the goalkeeper to come out of the cage. O'Donnell tried to flick the shot in, but was caught under AU's Poorman and the referee blew the whistle for the penalty stroke. On the stroke, junior Susie Rowe (London, England) did not falter, giving the Terps a 2-0 cushion.
The second half was more evenly matched, as the teams seem to control the game equal time. The Eagles continued to draw penalty corners, nine in total for the game. But Maryland's backfield, which is also ranked in the top five in the nation, pressured AU on the corners, limiting it to just one shot on its nine attempts.
The Terps added two more goals in the second half to claim the 4-0 win. Senior Janneke van Leeuwen (Hilversum, Netherlands) scored the team's third goal of the game. In the 47th minute, she collected the ball at the top of the circle, squared up and sailed a shot past the goalie. In the 68th minute, Muracco redirected O'Donnell's long shot to the far post, for Maryland's final goal of the afternoon.
Maryland was outshot, 11-10, and outcornered, 9-3. All three of its corners came in the second half. Senior Kathryn Masson (Richmond, British Columbia), who came into the game with the nation's fourth-best goals against average, had three saves, leading the Terps to its fifth shutout of the season. Poorman finished with just one save.
Along with North Carolina and Stanford, the Terps are one of just three remaining undefeated teams in the country.
Maryland returns home on Saturday, Sept. 22, hosting one of the big games of the season. The Terps take on No. 5 Wake Forest in a rematch of last year's NCAA Tournament championship game, which Maryland won, 1-0, to claim its second-straight national championship. The game is slated for a 1 p.m. start. Admission and parking is free for the event.
#1 Maryland(8-0) 2 2 - 4 #9 American (8-1) 0 0 - 0GOALS: MD, Katie O'Donnell (un), 14:28; Susie Rowe, ps, 32:26; Janneke van Leeuwen (un), 46:09; Nicole Muracco (O'Donnell), 67:03. AU, None. SHOTS: MD 10, AU 11. PENALTY CORNERS: MD 9, AU 3. SAVES: MD, Kathryn Masson 3 (0 GA, 70:00); AU, Alyssa Poorman 1 (4 GA, 70:00). ATTENDANCE: 812.