Higgins-Cirovski Gets 100th Coaching Win As Maryland Tops Rutgers, 5-2

Sept. 6, 2002

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NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - A potent Maryland attack gave Terps' head coach Shannon Higgins-Cirovski her 100th career victory as a coach as the Terps captured a 5-2 victory over Rutgers in a key regional match on Friday night which was broadcast on CN8-TV.

The Terps broke open with four second-half goals including one each by New Jersey natives Katie Ludwig (Mount Laurel, N.J.) and Simone Dekker (Ringwood, N.J.) Freshman sensation Ali Andrzejewski (Lutherville, Md.) netted a pair of goals in the win. Andrzejewski was named the CN8 Star of the Match for her five-point performance.

"This was a great win for us," said Higgins-Cirovski, who was surprised by the Terps with a special cake to commemorate the 100th win. "Our offense really clicked. We saw a lot of great things out of our forwards and midfielders.

The game will be replayed on CN8-TV, which is available in Maryland's Baltimore, Howard and Anne Arundel Counties as well as New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The game will be on Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.

Maryland grabbed a two-goal lead early, 3-1, in the second half on a pair of goals 1:24 apart. Ludwig scored off a Rutgers' turnover in the defensive zone. Ludwig intercepted the ball and beat Rutgers' keeper Christine Caldwell in a one-on-one in the 64th minute. Then Andrzejewski netted her second of the game in the 65th minute as she took a pass from Jen Biscoe (Baltimore, Md.) and scored into the right side of the net.

That assist was the first of three in the game for Biscoe, who equaled Dana Jarzyniecki's school record of three assists in a game, originally set on Oct. 11, 2000 vs. Howard. Biscoe assisted the Terps final three goals of the game for her new career high.

Rutgers got back within a goal less than a minute later as Lissette Brandao headed home a Carli Lloyd free kick in the 66th minute.

The Terps added to the lead as senior Kim King (Media, Pa.) knocked in a rebound off an Andrzejewski shot in the 75th minute to put Maryland up 4-2 with 14:36 left in regulation. The play began with Biscoe brining the ball across midfield and sending it to Andrzejewski.

Jersey native Dekker made it a special homecoming as she took a cross from King and netted her first career goal in the 80th minute to make it 5-2. Biscoe posted her third assist on this goal.

Maryland jumped out to a 1-0 lead as Andrzejewski scored in the 23rd minute as her blast from the right side of the box deflected off a Rutgers defender and past Scarlet Knight keeper Christine Caldwell. Ludwig was credited with the assist on the play for sending the ball through to Andrzejewski.

Rutgers tied the game as Lloyd blasted home the Knights' first shot of the game 40 minutes into the match, knotting the game at 1-1 at halftime.

Maryland returns to action for its 2002 home opener as the Terps host the Virginia Commonwealth Rams (3-0-0) on Sunday at 5:30 p.m.