Sept. 6, 2003
NORFOLK, Va., - A goal and an assist from freshman Paula Infante (Santiago, Chile) lifted the Maryland field hockey team to a 2-1 victory over long-time rival Old Dominion on Saturday afternoon at Foreman Field. The win is just the Terps' second all-time regular-season victory at Foreman Field.
Maryland improves to 4-0 on the season while Old Dominion falls to 1-2.
"This is a tough team to beat on any day. Historically, this has been a tough place to play. Old Dominion is a very successful team on their home turf," said Maryland head coach Missy Meharg. "It wasn't pretty, but this game showed that hard work and desire can withstand. We will have to do a much better job next time [Oct. 18 game at College Park]," Meharg continued. "We will have to focus on balancing the field and finishing."
In the ninth minute of the game, Infante came down the left side and slipped a lead pass through to All-American junior Colleen Barbieri (Centereach, N.Y.) who knocked in the first goal of the game to give Maryland a 1-0 lead.
A stifling Maryland defense kept Old Dominion at bay for most of the first half. The Lady Monarchs' first shot of the game came in the 29th minute off a penalty corner, but sophomore Tori Cano (Sea Cliff, N.Y.) made the big stop to protect the Terps' one-goal lead.
ODU did not convert on a penalty corner and the Terps took advantage of ODU's missed opportunity as Infante weaved through the Lady Monarchs' defensive end and scored the unassisted goal just before the end of the first half in the 32nd minute.
Old Dominion found new life after the break, controlling much of the tempo. The Monarchs outshot the Terps 4-3 in the period and out-cornered UM 4-1. In the 50th minute, ODU was awarded three-consecutive penalty corners. Cano saved the first two and the Maryland defense denied the third opportunity to keep the Monarchs off the board.
In the 59 minute, however, the Lady Monarchs finally broke through for a score. Old Dominion worked the ball around in the shooting circle after its fourth penalty corner of the period which led to Darcy Pinchbeck's first career goal, cutting the Maryland lead in half, 2-1. The goal was the first allowed by the Terp defense in four games this season.
In the final 11 minutes of the game, the Maryland defense clamped down even more and was able to hang on for the win.
The last meeting between the teams was a 4-1 ODU victory in the second round of the NCAA Tournament last year on the very same field. The only other regular-season win for the Terps at Foreman Field was a 1-0 decision in 1996.
The Terps dominated first-half action, outshooting Old Dominion 7-1 in the period and 10-5 for the game. Cano registered a season-high four saves. The Lady Monarchs' goalie Tina Walker had five.
Maryland opens the home schedule and a nine-game homestretch on Sept. 12-14. The Terps host Rutgers, Pacific and American for the Terrapin Invitational. American and Pacific square off to open the tournament on Sept. 12 at 6 p.m. Maryland makes it home debut against Rutgers on Sept. 13 at 12 p.m. On Sunday, Sept. 14, American and Rutgers clash at 12 p.m. followed by UM-Pacific at 2 p.m. All games will be played at the new Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.
Maryland (4-0) 2 0 -- 2 Old Dominion (1-2) 0 1 -- 3GOALS: UM, Colleen Barbieri (Paula Infante), 8:32; Paula Infante, 31:02. ODU, Darcy Pinchbeck (Angie Loy) SHOTS: UM 10, ODU 5. PENALTY CORNERS: UM 5, ODU 5. SAVES: UM, Tori Cano 4 (1 GA, 70:00); ODU, Tina Walker 5 (2 GA, 70:00) 1 Team. ATTENDANCE: 218.
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