Oct. 27, 2002
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - What a difference one day made for the No. 3 Maryland field hockey team. Less than 24 hours after suffering a heartbreaking 3-2 loss at the hands of league-rival North Carolina, the young but spirited Terrapin squad (14-3, 2-2 ACC) put together its most complete and dominating performance of the year, blanking No. 8 James Madison 7-0. Nine different Maryland players registered points as the Terrapins downed a JMU squad (11-6, 4-2 CAA) that had beaten every other ACC school at some point during the 2002 regular season.
After early goals by both teams were whistled off the scoreboard, the Terrapins took off and never looked back. Senior Carissa Messimer (Mountaintop, Pa.) swept in the game-winner only six minutes into the match off an indirect corner pass from Izzy Palmer (Malvern, England). Maryland amassed a 12-4 penalty corner advantage for the game and made good on five of those opportunities.
Redshirt freshman Amber McQuillan (Coopersburg, Pa.) scored off a cross-cage pass from rookie Jackie Ciconte (Wilmington, Del.) in the 22nd minute to make it 2-0 by halftime, but the Terps were far from finished. A corner opportunity five minutes into the second period resulted in sophomore Sara Silvetti's (Wapwallopen, Pa.) second goal of the season, after a push out by Katrin Rummer (Karlsruhe, Germany) and a stick stop by Emily Boyer (Oak Park, Ill.). Nearly one minute later, Palmer cranked a direct corner shot off a defender and into the goal cage after a stop by Kateri Simon (Fallston, Md.) and a Rummer push out.
Palmer, who finished the game with two-goals and two assists, fed Colleen Barbieri (Centereach, N.Y.) on corner piece for the first of the sophomore's two goals on the day in the 47th minute. The 2001 ACC Rookie of the Year netted her second score of the day on a breakaway in the 69th minute to give the Terrapins a 6-0 advantage. Palmer put the icing on Maryland's cake with a penalty corner rocket as time expired in the second half. Messimer and Boyer were credited with assists on the play.
Sophomore Kerry Hearsey (Leicester, England) and redshirt freshman Tori Cano (Sea Cliff, N.Y.) split time in the cage to secure the Terps' ACC-leading eighth shutout. James Madison's Kiernan Raffo and Lori Amico combined to make nine saves in the losing effort.
The Terrapins rebounded in fine fashion with a 20-3 shot advantage. Maryland is next in action on Sunday, Nov. 3, when the American Eagles take on the Terps at 1 p.m. That game marks the final regular-season home contest, and Maryland will hold "Senior Day" festivities surrounding the match.
No. 8 James Madison (11-6, 4-2 CAA) 0 0 -- 0 No. 3 Maryland (14-3, 2-2 ACC) 2 5 -- 7
GOALS: JMU - None. Maryland - Carissa Messimer (Izzy Palmer (IC)), 6:03 (1st); Amber McQuillan (Jackie Ciconte), 22:44 (1st); Sara Silvetti (Emily Boyer, Katrin Rummer (DC)), 40:40 (2nd); Palmer (Kateri Simon, Rummer (DC)), 41:49 (2nd); Colleen Barbieri (Palmer (IC)), 47:29 (2nd); Barbieri (un), 68:48 (2nd); Palmer (Emily Boyer, Messimer (DC)), 70:00 (2nd). SHOTS: JMU 3, Maryland 20. PENALTY CORNERS: JMU 4, Maryland 12. CARDS: JMU - None. Maryland - McQuillan (Green), 67:59 (2nd). DEFENSIVE SAVES: JMU - None. Maryland - Simon (1). SAVES: JMU - Kiernan Raffo (7 saves, 5 goals allowed, 47:30 minutes); Lori Amico (2 saves, 2 goals allowed, 22:30 minutes). Maryland - Kerry Hearsey (1 save, 0 goals allowed, 51:51 minutes); Tori Cano (0 saves, 0 goals allowed, 18:09 minutes). ATTENDANCE: 297.