Sept. 12, 2000
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Senior forward Julie Nelson (McLean, Va.) scored her first career hat trick to lead No. 23 Maryland to a 3-0 win over local rival George Washington on Tuesday night at Ludwig Field. The win was a well-rounded effort for the entire team as both the defense and offense clicked.
"Tonight was a solid win for us," said head coach Shannon Higgins-Cirovski, who coached George Washington from 1991-97. "Julie Nelson had a stellar performance. She came out with the vengeance that we needed tonight. She had a real fire in her and you could see that from the start."
Nelson got the Terps on the board at the 29:47 mark as she took a cross from Audra Poulin (Silver Spring, Md.) and blasted home a one-timer off a beautiful spin play. She then made the score 2-0 off another Poulin pass at 51:17. Poulin took a pass from fellow freshman Katie Ludwig (Mt. Laurel, N.J.) centered the ball to Nelson, who rifled the ball into the lower left side of the goal. For Ludwig, the assist was the first point of her career.
Exactly 10 minutes after her second goal, Nelson completed her first career the hat trick as she scored on a penalty kick after Terri Greer (Woodbridge, Va.) was taken down in the box by a George Washington defender.
"We had to play well tonight to set the pace for the rest of the season," said Nelson, a senior captain. "I did the job tonight with three goals after not scoring in the first five games of the season."
Poulin had an exceptional night in her first start as she replaced fellow freshman and roommate Jen Biscoe (Baltimore, Md.). Biscoe suffered a torn ACL in her right knee in the Terps' last game at Richmond and will be lost for the season. Poulin, the 1999 Washington Post Player of the Year posted her first two collegiate points and played solid midfield all night.
In net, senior Riki-Ann Serrins (Mission Viejo, Calif.) preserved her third shutout of the season, making two saves. Serrins now has 11 career shutouts, just one shy of the school record held by Heather Rowe (1988-91) and Missy Price (1993-96).
The game was an emotional one for Maryland's coach Shannon Higgins-Cirovski as she went against the school she coached for seven years from 1991-97. Making it even more intriguing is that GW is under the leadership of first-year head coach Tanya Vogel, who starred for the Colonials under Higgins-Cirovski in leading George Washington to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 1996.
Maryland returns to action in the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif., where they take on No. 19 Santa Clara on Friday night, Sept. 15 and host No. 6 Stanford on Sunday. The Terps return home to face George Mason on Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m.
George Washington (1-3) 0 0 -- 0 No. 23 Maryland (4-2) 1 2 -- 3
Scoring: George Washington - none. Maryland - Julie Nelson (Audra Poulin) 29:47, Nelson (Poulin, Katie Ludwig) 51:17, Nelson (penalty kick) 61:17. Goalies: George Washington - Christine O'Malley (90 minutes, 7 saves, 3 GA). Maryland - Riki-Ann Serrins (90 minutes, 2 saves, 0 GA).
Yellow Cards: George Washington - none. Maryland - none. Team Stats: George Washington - Shots 2-4=6, Corner Kicks 7-0=7, Saves 4-3=7, Fouls 8-5=13, Offsides 4. Maryland - Shots 6-11=17, Corner Kicks 2-6=8, Saves 1-1=2, Fouls 6-6=12, Offsides 4. Attendance: 463.