Nov. 14, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - In the first round the NCAA Tournament, the top-seeded Maryland field hockey team topped the American Eagles 6-1 Saturday afternoon. The Terrapins advanced to the Second Round and will take on 10th-ranked Drexel Sunday at 2 p.m.
"We are so pleased to be moving on in the tournament," head coach Missy Meharg said. "To come off such an enormous win, coming from behind in the ACC Tournament, obviously any coach in any unit, you can be a little bit concerned that there's a sense that the season is culminated with that type of experience. American is a fantastic team. Our penalty corners were right on and we're just really proud of the women."
In a day filled with records, junior Katie O'Donnell broke Susie Rowe's single-season points record, which was set at 74 last year. With her two-goal, three-assist performance Saturday, she now has 76 points on the year. She also tied both the Maryland and ACC record for career assists with 71 and she became Maryland's career points leader earlier this year.
With her one goal today, senior Nicole Muracco, who became Maryland's career goals leader earlier this year, also tied the Maryland single-season goal record at 28, also set by Rowe last year.
Freshman Megan Frazer struck first for the Terrapins off the first penalty corner of the day. The penalty corner was inserted by Katie O'Donnell, stopped by Alexis Pappas, and then deflected by Ameliet Rischen to Frazer.
The Terrapins went on to score on two of their three penalty corners in the half. On the Terps' second penalty corner opportunity of the game, with 18 minutes left in the first, Emma Thomas, the ACC Defensive Player of the Year, found her stroke. Once again, O'Donnell inserted it and Pappas stopped it, both earning assists on the play.
With just over ten minutes remaining in the first half, O'Donnell scored off her own rebounded shot to make the score 3-0. American got on the board off a penalty corner with three minutes left in the first. It was the Eagles' only shot of the half.
Ten minutes into the second period, Thomas struck once again off a penalty corner setup from O'Donnell and Pappas. Maryland went 3-5 in scoring off penalty corners on the day.
Muracco's record-tying goal came from O'Donnell's record-tying assist with just over twenty minutes remaining in the half. O'Donnell's record-breaking goal came with ten minutes left off a fast break to finalize the score at 6-1.
Senior goalkeeper Alicia Grater had four saves on the day and the Terps outshot the Eagles 18-8.
Maryland owns the all-time series against Drexel 4-0 and the teams' last meeting was in 2004. They have never met in the NCAA Tournament. This year is Drexel's first-ever to the field hockey NCAA Tournament.
With their win today, the Terps return to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the 15th straight year. The Terrapins will play Sunday at 2 p.m at home in College Park.