Nov. 2, 2003
COLLEGE PARK, MD. - On Senior Night at Ludwig Field, it was two sophomores who provided the scoring punch in Maryland's final regular season game Sunday, a 2-1 victory over regional rival Navy that gives the Terps a lift heading into postseason play.
Kimmy Francis (Richboro, Pa.) scored her team-leading seventh goal of the season at 18:40 on a feed from Jen Biscoe (Baltimore, Md.) and Ali Andrzejewski (Lutherville, Md.), to get the Terps (10-7-1) off on the right foot. Biscoe's 18th career helper moved her into fifth place on the Terps' all-time career assist list.
Andrzejewski followed 15 minutes later on a strong header past Navy keeper Kim Bonafede. Simone Dekker (Ringwood, N.J.) and Lindsay Niehaus (Cincinnati, Ohio) were credited with assists on the score that put Maryland up two goals at the half.
The Mids (15-4-1) just missed evening the match three minutes before Andrzejewski's goal as Meggie Curran's sharp angle shot grazed just off the crossbar. However, Navy found the back of the net 20 minutes into the second half when Molly Burd collected a loose ball in the box and fired past Maryland keeper Kristen Barnhill (Charlottesville, Va.) to cut the deficit in half. Kristi Coonfare was credited with an assist as she set up Burd off a corner kick set piece.
Maryland remains undefeated in the all-time series against Navy, improving to 5-0 outscoring the Midshipmen 17-1 in those contests.
Seven Maryland seniors -- Barnhill, Biscoe, Lindsay Givens (Downingtown, Pa.), Katie Ludwig (Mt. Laurel, N.J.), Audra Poulin (Silver Spring, Md.), Carly Viher (Mentor, Ohio) and Valerie Lawrence (Silver Spring, Md.), who is serving as an undergraduate assistant coach this season -- were honored in a special pre-game ceremony. Viher and Lawrence, who were unable to play their senior season due to injury, took part in a ceremonial kickoff to mark Senior Night.
The Terps, ranked No. 19 by Soccer America, will face No. 3 seed Clemson in the first round of the ACC Tournament this Wednesday in Cary, N.C. Gametime will be announced Monday on umterps.com.
Maryland, which has faced the third most difficult schedule in the nation based on their opponents' win percentage, will seek its eighth NCAA Tournament appearance in the last nine years when College Cup brackets are announced on Nov. 10.