Terps Blank Drexel, 3-0, For First Season Shutout

Sept. 6, 2002

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Terp offense amassed a 22-1 shot advantage and sophomore goalkeeper Kerry Hearsey (Leicester, England) posted her first solo shutout as a Terrapin as the Maryland field hockey squad (3-0, 0-0 ACC) opened a big weekend of competition with a 3-0 victory over Drexel. Three different goal scorers found the back of the net and junior Katrin Rummer (Karlsruhe, Germany) handed out two assists as the Terrapins made a fine showing in their 2002 home opener and final tune-up before non-conference nemesis Old Dominion (2-0, 0-0 CAA) comes to College Park on Sunday.

The Terrapins began the scoring early when senior All-American Carissa Messimer (Mountaintop, Pa.) took a long pass up the left side of the cage from Rummer, and buried it into the right corner of the goal. Messimer extended her scoring streak to three games, after netting a pair in Maryland's opener at Northwestern and tallying one goal in each game since. The Terps fired off a 13-1 shot advantage in the first half with Hearsey denying the Dragons on their lone corner attempt.

Messimer's senior counterpart, 2001 all-region midfielder Kateri Simon (Fallston, Md.), increased the Terps' lead with her first career goal in the 48th minute. Simon, who registered a career-high three assists in the Terps' opener against Northwestern and followed up with a single-assist performance against New Hampshire, extended her point-scoring streak to three games as well.

The Terrapins enjoyed a 15-1 penalty corner advantage on the day, and sophomore Sara Silvetti (Wapwallopen, Pa.) made it count in the 60th minute, drilling in a direct hit from Rummer and senior Izzy Palmer (Malvern, England) for her first goal of the season. Both Palmer and Rummer have recorded assists in all three games of the 2002 season, with Rummer totaling a team-leading five helpers.

A bright spot for Drexel was certainly the play of sophomore keeper Katie Dougherty, who made 12 saves to keep the Terps off the scoreboard further.

Maryland renews its longest non-conference rivalry on Sunday at 1 p.m., taking on Old Dominion in the first of two matches scheduled for this season. The face the Terps after the taking on Towson on Saturday. Admission to the Terps' Artificial Turf facility is free.

Drexel	   0  0  --  0
Maryland   1  2  --  3

GOALS: Drexel - None. Maryland - Carissa Messimer (Katrin Rummer), 5:56 (1st); Kateri Simon (un), 47:09 (2nd); Sara Silvetti (Izzy Palmer, Rummer), 59:04 (2nd). SHOTS: Drexel 1, Maryland 22. PENALTY CORNERS: Drexel 1, Maryland 15. SAVES: Drexel - Katie Dougherty (12 saves, 3 goals allowed, 70:00 minutes). Maryland - Kerry Hearsey (1 save, 0 goals allowed, 70:00 minutes). ATTENDANCE: 201.