Sept. 4, 2004
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland field hockey scored five goals in the second half en route to a 6-0 thumping of Old Dominion to open the home slate at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex on Saturday afternoon. It is the most lopsided victory for the Terps in the series versus the Lady Monarchs.
"The quality of the second half is what we've been looking for. It was the most dynamic hockey we've played so far this season," said Maryland head coach Missy Meharg. "I'm pleased for all of our players. They played with a lot of energy and I'm proud of the intensity and spirit they had today."
The opening game of the home-and-home series, the Terps (3-0) were dominant throughout the game, attempting 27 shots on the afternoon. The Terrapin defense was just as good, limiting traditional powerhouse ODU (1-1) to just three shots and three penalty corners in the contest.
Maryland took a 1-0 lead eight minutes into the game. The Terps moved the ball down the left side of the field and senior Anja Boettcher (Ingolstadt, Germany) made a long pass to sophomore All-American Paula Infante (Santiago, Chile), who was on the base line. Infante then made a perfect cross to junior All-American Jackie Ciconte (Wilmington, Del.) who was standing directly in front of the net and Ciconte put the ball away for the score.
Despite the 12 first-half shots, UM could not extend its lead until the second half. Senior Sara Silvetti (Wapwallopen, Pa.) tacked on another goal on a penalty corner in the 44th minute to make it 2-0. Senior Emily Boyer (Oak Park, Ill.) and junior Tiffany Marsh (Marathon, N.Y.) both assisted on the play.
The Terps then fired off three-straight goals over six minutes to pull away and lead by a 5-0 margin. Infante scored on a one-timer at the top of the circle in the 56th minute. A minute later, Boettcher sailed a shot over the goalkeeper's shoulder from the top of the circle to push the lead to 4-0. Sophomore Lauren Foundos (Old Brookville, N.Y.) tapped in a rebound off a penalty corner for her first score of the season
Maryland was awarded its ninth penalty corner with time expired and Silvetti capped off the game with the Terps' final score.
Old Dominion had a couple of one-on-one opportunities early in the second half. Sophomore Christina Restivo (Parkton, Md.), however, made a big save and a big stop which did not allow ODU to get a shot to off to protect the shutout.
ODU goalkeeper Mary Cate Gordon had seven saves in the game.
The Terps are back in action on Sunday, September 5 at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex. They host Drexel at 1 p.m.
GOALS: ODU- None. MD- Jackie Ciconte (Paula Infante), 8:05; Sara Silvetti (Emily Boyer, Tiffany Marsh), 43:40; Paula Infante (un), 55:36; Anja Boettcher (un), 56:41; Lauren Foundos (un), 61:38; Sara Silvetti (Kristina Edmonds, Tiffany Marsh), 70:00. SHOTS: ODU 3, MD 27. PENALTY CORNERS: ODU 3, MD 9. SAVES: ODU, Mary Cate Gordon 7 (6 GA, 70:00). MD, Christina Restivo 1 (0 GA, 70:00). ATTENDANCE: 421.