Maryland Field Hockey Avenges Loss, Tops Penn State, 1-0

Sept. 1, 2008

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - In a rematch of last year's NCAA second-round upset, the No. 2 Maryland field hockey team returned the favor on Monday night, upending No. 6 Penn State, 1-0, before 794 fans at the Field Hockey Field. The win also marks the program's 500th all-time, dating back to 1974.

The Terrapins' Susie Rowe (London, England/Colfe's School) scored the lone goal of the game at the 55th-minute mark to give the Terps the victory.

"I am proud of our team, who played a strong game to claim a road win over a very athletic and fit Penn State team," said head coach Missy Meharg, who has led the Terps to 347 victories in her 21 seasons the Maryland helm. "With the leadership of Susie, Katie [O'Donnell] and Brianna [Davies], we took control and executed well in the second half."

Maryland (2-0) ended the deadlock off one of its five penalty corners. After the corner stop was dished to her, Rowe made a head-fake and passed it to junior Ameliet Rischen (Rotterdam, Netherland/Wolfert van Borselen). Rischen attempted a shot but sent it back to Rowe, who placed it cleanly over the goalkeeper's pads into the back of the cage.

As expected, the game was a low-scoring affair. Penn State (1-1) held Maryland to without a shot for the first ten minutes of the game but failed to score off of Terrapin goalkeeper Alicia Grater (Gilbertsville, Pa./Boyertown Area) on two penalty corners. It was the second-straight shutout in just her second-career start.

Maryland possessed the ball for much of the latter part of first half and created several breakaway opportunities, but the Nittany Lion defense was able to hold off the Terps. With 25 minutes remaining in the first half, Maryland senior Sarah Scholl (Center Valley, Pa./Southern Lehigh) found herself on a breakaway attempt with no defenders in sight when PSU's Jen Beaumont lunged out of the cage and knocked away the ball before Scholl could get off a shot. Seconds before Rowe's tally, Beaumont made a kick save on a breakaway shot by junior Nicole Muracco (Sewell, N.J./Washington Township).

The Terrapins held a 12-5 advantage in shots and also led Penn State in penalty corners, 5-3. Grater made two saves in the game, while Beaumont made five stops.

Maryland is back in action on Friday, Sept. 5 against traditional powerhouse Old Dominion, who is ranked No. 8 in the preseason poll. Game time is scheduled for 3 p.m. Admission to the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex is free.

#2 Maryland (2-0)    0  1  -  1
#6 Penn State (1-1)  0  0  -  0
GOALS: MD, Susie Rowe (Ameliet Rischen), 55:58; PSU, None. SHOTS: MD 12, PSU 5. PENALTY CORNERS: MD 5, PSU 3. SAVES: MD, Alicia Grater 2 (0 GA, 70:00); PSU, Jen Beaumont 5 (1 GA, 70:00). ATTENDANCE: 794.