Oct. 16, 2012
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Seven Terrapins scored and sophomore Maxine Fluharty notched her first career hat trick to lead No. 6 Maryland past Towson, 9-0, Tuesday night at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.
The Terrapins (12-3) scored in a hurry and notched eight of their nine goals in the first half alone. Six of their goals came within a 10 minute stretch in the middle of the first period. They outshot the Tigers (1-15), 33-2. Twenty-six of Maryland's shots were taken in the first half.
"When you're fortunate enough to get up like that, it's a great opportunity to work on things you want to work on for your next matches or later on down the road," head coach Missy Meharg said. "Maryland had a great opportunity to get a lot of different combinations of different players in certain positions. We also had an opportunity to really work on certain plays. Kirstie Dennig really controlled the game and Sarah Sprink was very strong."
Fluharty opened the scoring six minutes in off a rebounded shot in front of the cage. In the 13th minute, sophomore Katie Gerzabek scored on a pass from Hayley Turner off a chip shot from the right side. Ninety seconds after that, freshman Anna Dessoye found senior Janessa Pope for a 3-0 lead.
A minute later, Fluharty struck again when she dribble into the circle and scored off a reverse shot. Junior Jill Witmer made it 5-0 39 seconds after that when Dessoye found her again in front of the cage.
In the 19th minute, seniors Lindsey Puckett and Kirstie Dennig teamed up for Maryland's sixth goal. Puckett dished it to Dennig by the near post for the score. Four minutes later, Fluharty capped off her hat trick when she tipped in Ali McEvoy's shot off a penalty corner.
Maryland took 10 penalty corners to the Tigers' two.
Next, the Terrapins will welcome No. 1 North Carolina to College Park next Saturday for a rematch of the 2009, 2010, and 2011 NCAA championship games. The two teams have won the last seven national titles, with the Terps winning five, including the last two. Maryland and UNC will play at 1 p.m. at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.
Admission is free. GameTracker live stats will be available and the game will be shown live online for a fee on TerpsTV Premium.