Sept. 17, 2004
PRINCETON, N.J. - Second-ranked Maryland field hockey used five goals in the second half to pull away from a 2-1 halftime score and defeat Princeton, 7-1, on Friday night at the Class of '52 Stadium in Princeton, N.J. Terrapin All-American Paula Infante had a natural hat trick and sophomore goalkeeper Christina Restivo had a standout game to lead the Terps to the win.
The game was scoreless for more than 20 minutes of the first half but Maryland (8-0) got it going first, notching the first goal of the game. Freshman Janneke van Leeuwen (Hilversum, Netherlands) was "in the right place at the right time" and knocked in a rebound to give the Terps a 1-0 lead.
Minutes later, Princeton (1-4) made a charge of their own getting three-straight shots, two off a penalty corner. But Maryland goalkeeper Restivo (Parkton, Md.) was able to thwart away the threat, including a shot on the baseline, and protect the lead.
In the 28th minute, the Terps added to their advantage. A Tiger defender attempted to clear a ball from the scoring circle, however, junior All-American Jackie Ciconte (Wilmington, Del.) intercepted it. The ball was passed around to senior Kristin Harris (Lititz, Pa.) and then to sophomore Infante (Santiago, Chile) who powered a shot from the top of the circle and into the back of the net.
Facing a two-goal deficit, Princeton responded with about four minutes left in the period. One of the Tigers' two penalty corners in the half was all they needed to cut into the Maryland lead. In the 31st minute, Princeton's shot attempt on the corner was saved by Restivo but Hilary Schmidt was in front of the cage ready for the rebound and knocked it in for the score, making it 2-1.
The Terps, however, were even better in the second half, padding their lead by adding five goals in the period. Infante, who came into the game having scored just two goals on the season, completed the hat trick, tallying two more times on penalty corners to put Maryland ahead, 4-1.
Maryland was unstoppable on penalty corners, earning eight in the second half and 10 for the match. Van Leeuwen, who had scored her first-career goal in the game vs. Towson earlier in the week, got behind the Princeton goalkeeper, who saved the initial penalty corner shot attempt, and van Leeuwen knocked in the rebound for her second of the evening.
Junior Tiffany Marsh (Marathon, N.Y.) pushed the Maryland lead to an insurmountable five goals on a penalty corner. Senior Anja Boettcher (Ingolstadt, Germany) wrapped things up with the Terps' seventh goal of the game on a pass from senior Colleen Barbieri (Centereach, N.Y.) with just 40 seconds left on the clock.
For most of the game, Princeton put a lot of pressure on the Maryland defense, attempting 14 shots, equaling the number of shots the Terps have allowed this season coming into the game. However, Restivo had a career outing making 11 saves, many of them diving shots.
Infante's hat trick was the first of her career. She is the second Terp this season to tally three times in a game. Boettcher accomplished that feat in the Terps 7-1 win over Drexel. Redshirt-junior Emily Beach (Bethesda, Md.) also had a career-high three assists.
The Terps are back in action on Sunday, Sept. 19 when they travel to No. 14 Delaware. The game is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start.
No. 2 Maryland (8-0) 2 5 - 6 Princeton (1-4) 1 0 - 1GOALS: MD- Janneke van Leeuwen (un), 25:35; Paula Infante (Kristin Harris), 29:27; Paula Infante (Tiffany Marsh, Emily Beach), pc, 37:16; Paula Infante (Janneke van Leeuwen, Emily Beach), pc, 58:40; Tiffany Marsh (Janneke van Leeuwen, Emily Beach), 67:59; Anja Boettcher (Colleen Barbieri), 69:19. PU- Hillary Schmidt (un), 30:58. SHOTS: MD 21, PU 14. PENALTY CORNERS: MD 10, PU 6. SAVES: MD- Christina Restivo 11 (1 GA, 70:00). PU- Juliana Simon 6 (7 GA, 70:00). ATTENDANCE: 572.