No. 1 Terrapins Defeat Rutgers, 6-3, To Give Meharg 200th Win

Oct. 11, 2000

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - With a 6-3 win over Rutgers, the No. 1 Maryland field hockey squad (12-1, 2-1 ACC) gave head coach Missy Meharg her 200th career victory. Meharg's career slate stands at 200-69-9, good enough for sixteenth all-time among NCAA mentors. All 200 wins came at Maryland for Meharg, who has been the head coach since the 1988 season after spending three years as Terp assistant. The Terp victory was keyed by two goals each from senior All-American and Honda award hopeful Carla Tagliente (Cortland, N.Y.) and junior Megan Kelly (Gaithersburg, Md.), and two assists by senior All-American and season leader Keli Smith (Selinsgrove, Pa.). Tagliente's two scores bring her season total to a team-high tying 16, and her career total to 70. Her new career mark ties the school record for all-time goals, originally set by Lisa Buente (1987-90).

After nearly 30 scoreless first-half minutes, Tagliente put the Terrapins on the board with her first goal of the night. Junior forward Dina Rizzo (Walpole, Mass.) gave Maryland a 2-0 halftime lead, punching in a pass from Smith with only three seconds remaining before the whistle.

The Terrapins extended their lead to begin the second stanza with two goals by Kelly less than a minute apart. The junior's first score came from Smith, and Rizzo assisted on the second. Tagliente netted her second score of the contest at the 24:52 mark to put the Terps up 5-0. Rutgers then strung together three unanswered goals by freshman Leann Grondski, senior Meredith Pizzulli and junior Adrienne Booth to make the score 5-3, but Terp senior All-American Rachel Hiskins (Victoria, Australia) dashed any hopes of a Scarlet Knight comeback with a score at 8:18. Hiskins' goal was set up by junior back Carol Senkler's (Hockessin, Del.) first assist of the year and made the final 6-3.

Maryland keepers Ashley Hohnstine (Oak Hill, Va.) and freshman Erica Bicksler (Palmyra, Pa.) protected the Terp cage, with the upperclassman making three saves. Scarlet Knight senior goalie Abby Joseph made eight saves as the Terps outshot Rutgers by a 26-6 margin.

The Terps continue their play away from home with a match against Virginia Commonwealth on Saturday, Oct. 14 at noon. In Norfolk, Va., on Sunday, Oct. 15 at 1 p.m., the No. 1Terps clash with No. 2 Old Dominion for the second time this season in a battle of national significance.

No. 1 Maryland (12-1, 2-1 ACC)	2	4	--	6
Rutgers (7-6, 2-1 BIG EAST)	0	3	--	3

GOALS: Maryland - Carla Tagliente (Carissa Messimer), 5:25 (1st), Dina Rizzo (Keli Smith), 0:03 (1st), Megan Kelly (Smith), 27:53 (2nd), Kelly (Rizzo), 27:03 (2nd), Tagliente (un), 24:52 (2nd), Rachel Hiskins (Carol Senkler), 8:18 (2nd). Rutgers - Leann Grondski (Meredith Pizzulli), 21:58 (2nd), Pizzulli (Mendes), 18:10 (2nd), Adrienne Booth (Mendes), 11:35 (2nd). SHOTS: Maryland 26, Rutgers 6. PENALTY CORNERS: Maryland 8, Rutgers 3. SAVES: Maryland - Ashley Hohnstine (3 saves, 2 goals allowed, 56:14 minutes), Erica Bicksler (0 saves, 1 goal allowed, 13:46 minutes). ATTENDANCE: 315.

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