Top-Ranked Field Hockey Routs No. 6 Old Dominion

Aug. 31, 2007

Box Score

NORFOLK, Va. - Two-time NCAA Champion Maryland took care of business for the third-straight game. The top-ranked Terps scored twice in the first half and four in the game to easily defeat sixth-ranked Old Dominion, 4-1, in Norfolk, Va., on Friday evening.

Old Dominion (0-2) is the first team to score on the Terps, doing so in the second half in the 48th minute of the game. Other than that, however, it was all Maryland, who remained undefeated at 3-0.

Maryland led 2-0 at the half. The Terps struck early for their first goal of the game. Freshman Katie O'Donnell (Blue Bell, Pa.) fed the ball from the top of the circle to sophomore All-American Nicole Muracco (Sewell, N.J.) nearly five minutes into the contest, giving Maryland a 1-0 lead.

O'Donnell would score the Terps' second goal in the 22nd minute of action. Junior All-American Susie Rowe (London, England) had a high pass that hit the crossbar of the ODU cage, causing the ball to drop in front of the goal. O'Donnell was positioned perfectly to tap the ball into the open net.

ODU's Jo Ann van Aswegen scored the Lady Monarchs' lone goal off a penalty corner. Teammate Titia Beek received the ball from van Aswegen on the push out and passed it right back, finding the gap in the cage just over 22 minutes into the second half. The goal cut Maryland's lead to 2-1.

But the Terrapins responded, scoring twice in the game's final eight minutes. O'Donnell added her second tally of the evening, collecting a rebound off her own shot and fired off another to score a goal. Sophomore Ameliet Rischen (Rotterdam, Netherlands) added an insurance tally four minutes later.

O'Donnell and Muracco have scored goals in Maryland's three games, while O'Donnell has tallied two goals and collected at least one assist in each of the games, as well.

Maryland outshot Old Dominion, 16-4, and outcornered ODU, 6-2.

The Terps and ODU will meet again later in the season. Old Dominion will visit College Park on Friday, Oct. 12. In the meantime, Maryland returns to action on Sunday, Sept. 2, opening the home schedule against No. 12 Michigan. The game is slated for a noon start. Admission and parking into the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex is free.

#1 Maryland(3-0)        2   2   -  4
#6 Old Dominion (0-2)   0   1   -  1
GOALS: MD, Nicole Muracco (O'Donnell), 4:59; Katie O'Donnell (un), 22;03; Katie O'Donnell (un), 61:20; Ameliet Rischen (un), 65:54. ODU, Jo Ann van Aswegen (Titia Beek), 47:49. SHOTS: MD 16, ODU 4. PENALTY CORNERS: MD 6, ODU 2. SAVES: MD, Kathryn Masson 2 (1 GA, 70:00); ODU, Kelly Driscoll 6 (4 GA, 70:00). ATTENDANCE: 334.