April 1, 2011
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Katie Schwarzmann racked up four goals to lead No. 1 Maryland to its seventh win over a nationally-ranked foe, topping No. 8 Penn, 16-4, Friday night.
Schwarzmann netted a game-high four goals and an assist to pace Maryland (12-0, 3-0 ACC) to its 22nd consecutive victory. Laura Merrifield tallied a hat trick and Sarah Mollison added four points, including a match-high three assists. The senior now has 110 in her illustrious career and is tied with Quinn Carney and Caitlyn McFadden for third in career helpers at Maryland.
The Terps wasted no time exhibiting their high-powered attack, even while facing one of the nation's top defensive units in Penn (7-2, 3-0 Ivy), which entered the match surrendering a stingy six goals per contest. Maryland outscored the Quakers, 7-1, through the first 14:49 of the game, highlighted by three early goals from Schwarzmann and a pair from Merrifield. Maryland closed the first half on a 4-0 run to take a solid 10-2 lead into the locker room.
Maryland continued its relentless defense in the second half, limiting the Quakers to a mere eight looks at goal and two goals in the period. Brittany Dipper was sensational in the cage, racking up eight saves. Brittany Poist helped lead a tremendous defensive effort, registering three caused turnovers and two ground balls.
"Defensively, I thought we were great," head coach Cathy Reese, who moves to 46-1 at home at the helm of the Terrapin program, said. "To hold a team the caliber of Penn under five goals is just awesome. I'm incredibly pleased with our effort all over the field tonight."
Maryland has now held 18 of its last 23 opponents to eight or fewer goals. The win over Penn is the Terps' fourth against a foe ranked in the top 10. The Terps benefited offensively by goals from eight different players, including two each from sophomore Alex Aust and freshman Jen Mendez.
Maryland continues its three-game homestand when it plays host to league-rival North Carolina next Saturday at noon.