Nov. 12, 2000
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Three consecutive first half goals and a team-wide defensive effort helped the No. 2 Maryland Terrapins (19-3) over No. 6 Princeton, 3-1, in Sunday's NCAA Championship Second Round match. Senior All-American Keli Smith (Selinsgrove, Pa.) notched the game-winner only 57 seconds into the contest to help Maryland advance to the NCAA Semifinal round for the sixth time in history and second year in a row. The Terp offense tallied 26 shots while Maryland's defense held Princeton to seven. The Ivy champion Tigers conclude their season at 14-4.
Maryland's effort saw most members of the Terp squad wearing bandages above their right eyes. The band-aids united the Terps with teammate Rachel Hiskins (Victoria, Australia), who started this afternoon after receiving five stitches as a result of an injury sustained in Saturday's First Round match-up.
The Terps scored less than a minute into the contest when senior forward Smith rifled a shot from just inside the circle over the outstretched pads of Princeton's Kelly Baril (Peabody, Mass).
Maryland added its second goal at the 18:33 mark when junior forward Dina Rizzo (Walpole, Mass.) punched in a hard cross from junior midfielder Caroline Walter (Reilingen, Germany). Walter rocketed the pass across the front of the goal from the right side where Rizzo was able to tip it in.
Unhampered by her injury, senior All-American Hiskins added the Terps' third goal of the period, carrying the ball into the circle and grounding a left-handed, diving shot into the right side of the net at the 11:16 mark.
The Tigers came with an answer late in the first half, scoring on a penalty corner with 5:10 remaining. After a push-out by senior forward Hilary Matson (Marathon, N.Y.), freshman defender Cory Picketts (Marmora, N.J.) blasted in the stick stop from senior defender Bridget Marchesi (Spring Lake, N.J.). The score was 3-1 at the break.
The second stanza was evenly played, with tight defense and sharp goalie play keeping both teams off the scoreboard. Princeton's Baril made an impressive nine second-half saves to finish the game with 13. On the Maryland end, junior keeper Ashley Hohnstine (Oak Hill, Va.) made a pair of stops, including a diving pad save to deny a Melanie Meerschwam (Amstelveen, Netherlands) slapshot.
With the victory, Maryland extended their postseason win streak to ten games, a streak that began at last year's ACC Tournament and continued through the Terps' run to the national championship a season ago. The Terrapins advance to the national semifinals to face North Carolina on Nov. 17 in Norfolk, Va. The Tar Heels were 5-1 winners over Massachusetts today in the NCAA Second Round in Chapel Hill.
"It was a great hockey game and Princeton is a great hockey team," stated Terp head coach Missy Meharg. "I'm really proud of our team for playing a great team so well. I thought our structure on defense and tenacious opportunities in front of the cage were tremendous."
Princeton (14-4) 1 0 -- 1 Maryland (19-3) 3 0 -- 3
GOALS: Princeton - Cory Picketts (Bridget Marchesi, Hilary Matson (PC)), 5:10 (1st) Maryland - Keli Smith (un) 34:03, (1st), Dina Rizzo (Walter), 18:33 (1st), Rachel Hiskins (un), 11:16 (1st). SHOTS: Princeton 7, Maryland 26. PENALTY CORNERS: Princeton 5, Maryland 11. SAVES: Princeton - Kelly Baril (13 saves, 3 goals allowed, 70:00 minutes). Maryland - Ashley Hohnstine (2 saves, 1 goal allowed, 70:00 minutes). CARDS: Princeton - Ilvy Friebe (Green), 13:21 (2nd). Maryland - Carla Tagliente (Green), 13:21 (2nd). ATTENDANCE: 887.