Sept. 18, 2002
NEWARK, Del. - The top-ranked Maryland field hockey squad (7-0, 0-0 ACC) used two second-half goals by Colleen Barbieri (Centereach, N.Y.) and two assists from senior Kateri Simon (Fallston, Md.) to make it a sweet homecoming for head coach Missy Meharg and freshman Jackie Ciconte (Wilmington, Del.) with a 3-1 win over Delaware (5-3, 0-0 CAA). Meharg, a 1985 Delaware grad, improved her record to 10-3-2 over her alma mater while Ciconte was able to log some playing minutes in front of her local family and friends.
Both teams tried to get their offenses in gear in the first half, with the Maryland senior trio finally breaking through on a direct corner at 29:23. The Terps held a 5-2 shot advantage in the opening period, and finally connected for a score when senior back Izzy Palmer (Malvern, England) drove home a well executed corner pass from stickstop Kateri Simon (Fallston, Md.). Senior Carissa Messimer (Mountaintop, Pa.) was also credited with an assist after a smooth pushout.
The Terps wasted no time following their halftime huddle, scoring their second goal of the game with just over five minutes played in the second half. Simon intercepted a Blue Hen clear attempt and slid it into the top of the circle, where sophomore Colleen Barbieri (Centereach, N.Y.) stopped it, reeled around and blasted a shot past Delaware keeper Stephanie Judefind.
The Blue Hens, playing in front of a spirited home crowd, would not go quitely. Sophomore scoring sensation Erica LaBar put Delaware on the scoreboard with a direct corner goal in the 45th minute, off a pushout by Kelly Coyle and a stop by Kim Wagaman. Moments later the Hens used a fast break opportunity to create a flurry in front of the goal cage, but Terp sophomore Kerry Hearsey (Leicester, England) was there to stonewall Leah Geib and Lauren Carr. Then, with roughly nine minutes to play, the Terp savior raced out to thwart a Jennifer Adamek fast break. Hearsey finished the contest with a season-high five saves.
Barbieri, the ACC's leading scorer, gave the Terps some insurance with an unassisted goal with just under 15 minutes to play. The 2001 ACC Rookie of the Year muscled her way into the circle to capture a loose ball and punched it in, barreling over a Blue Hen defender in the process.
Maryland continues its four-game road swing this weekend with the ACC opener against No. 5 Wake Forest and a non-conference matchup with Virginia Commonwealth. The Terps and Demon Deacons square off on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 1 p.m., and Maryland meets VCU on Sunday at 2 p.m.
No. 1 Maryland (7-0, 0-0 ACC) 1 2 -- 3 No. 14 Delaware (5-3, 0-0 CAA) 0 1 -- 1
GOALS: Maryland - Izzy Palmer (Carissa Messimer, Kateri Simon (DC)), 29:23 (1st); Colleen Barbieri (Simon), 40:03 (2nd); Barbieri (un), 54:47 (2nd). Delaware - Erica LaBar (Kim Wagaman, Kelly Coyle (DC)). SHOTS: Maryland 14, Delaware 8. PENALTY CORNERS: Maryland 7, Delaware 2. SAVES: Maryland - Kerry Hearsey (5 saves, 1 goal allowed, 70:00 minutes). Delaware - Stephanie Judefind (6 saves, 3 goals allowed, 70:00). ATTENDANCE: 232.