Maryland Field Hockey Defeats New Hampshire, 9-1, In NCAA Championship First Round Game

Nov. 11, 2000

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Senior All-American Keli Smith (Selinsgrove, Pa.), junior Dina Rizzo (Walpole, Mass.) and sophomore Carissa Messimer (Mountaintop, Pa.) netted two goals apiece after senior All-American Rachel Hiskins (Victoria, Australia) notched the game winner as the No. 2 Maryland Terrapins (18-3) posted a 9- 1 victory over No. 20 New Hampshire (14-8) in an NCAA Championship first round game at the Artificial Turf Facility.

Hiskins added three assists on the day and Smith dished out two to finish with five and six points, respectively. The Terps advance to the second round, where they will face the winner of the other first round game played later Saturday at Maryland between Princeton (13-3) and Penn State (17-5).

"I'm pleased with the way we came out today," said Terp head coach Missy Meharg. "We showed a certain style of play that focused more on us, and less about what was going on in the tournament."

The Terps wasted no time in the first half, scoring at the 31:10 mark when junior Autumn Welsh (Macungie, Pa.) found Hiskins with a cross on the left side of the cage. Maryland went up 2-0 when Rizzo tipped in a Hiskins shot for her first score at 28:37. Maryland was granted a penalty stroke when Wildcat keeper Amy Agulay (London, Ontario) tripped up Messimer, and Welsh converted on that opportunity at 26:43. Rizzo struck again with a backdoor goal from Hiskins at 23:15, and Smith put the Terps up by five with 20:55 before the break, bouncing in a centering pass from Hiskins. New Hampshire closed out the half with their lone score of the game, when America East Player of the Year Jessica Russell (Harrisville, R.I.) carried the ball after a corner opportunity and fed Allie Lehman (Granby, Conn.) to beat Maryland's Ashley Hohnstine (Oak Hill, Va.) on the left side.

Four unanswered second-half goals put the game away for Maryland. Smith notched her second score of the game at 26:29, ripping in an Agulay save made on her first shot attempt. Junior Megan Kelly (Gaithersburg, Md.) knocked in an attempted penalty corner shot by Smith with 25:28 remaining to put Maryland up by a 7-1 margin. Messimer capped the victory with a pair of scores - the first coming from Welsh at 11:30 and the second from Smith with 8:22 remaining.

Agulay made ten solid saves for the Wildcats as Maryland outshot New Hampshire 32-2. True freshman Erica Bicksler (Palmyra, Pa.) made her first NCAA Championship appearance, spelling Hohnstine for much of the second half. Terp defender Welsh finished with a goal and two assists, displaying some offense out of the backfield.

With the victory, Maryland extended their postseason win streak to nine games, a streak that began at last year's ACC Tournament and continued through the Terps' run to the national championship a year ago.

UNH (14-8)			1	0	--	1
Maryland (18-3)			5	4	--	9

GOALS: UNH - Allie Lehman (Jessica Russell), 11:47 (1st). Maryland - Rachel Hiskins (Autumn Welsh), 31:10 (1st), Dina Rizzo (Hiskins), 28:37 (1st), Welsh (penalty stroke), 26:43 (1st), Rizzo (Hiskins), 23:15 (1st), Keli Smith (Hiskins), 20:55 (1st), Smith (un), 26:29 (2nd), Megan Kelly (Smith), 25:28 (2nd), Carissa Messimer (Welsh), 11:30 (2nd), Messimer (Smith), 8:22 (2nd). SHOTS: UNH 2, Maryland 32. PENALTY CORNERS: UNH 1, Maryland 11. SAVES: UNH - Amy Agulay (10 saves, 9 goals allowed, 70:00 minutes). Maryland - Ashley Hohnstine (0 saves, 1 goal allowed, 49:03 minutes), Erica Bicksler (0 saves, 0 goals allowed, 20:57 minutes). ATTENDANCE: 672.