#3 Terrapins Hold Off American, 5-1

Oct. 16, 2011

Final Stats

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Maryland field hockey team held off American, 5-1, Sunday afternoon at Jacobs Field. Four Terrapins scored in the win, and freshman Katie Gerzabek scored twice to bring the win home to College Park.

After they went into the break tied at one apiece, Gerzabek scored twice in the first few minutes of the second half to help the Terrapins (12-2) pull away from the Eagles (7-6).

Sophomore Jill Witmer put the Terrapins on the board when she tipped in a shot off their third consecutive penalty corner just under 14 minutes into the game.

The Eagles tied it up before the break. They were awarded a penalty stroke and Tatum Dyer knocked it in with 5:35 remaining in the half.

Gerzabek scored her two goals within the 37th minute to break the tie coming out of the break. First, senior Jemma Buckley found her in front of the goal to tip it in. 34 seconds later, Witmer passed it in to her inside the circle for a hard shot to the back corner of the cage for a 3-1 Terps lead.

Fluharty deflected in a shot with 23:43 remaining in the game to put Maryland ahead 4-1. Buckley added the Terrapins' fifth goal with a shot off of a corner setup from junior Colleen Gulick and Gerzabek for the assists.

They outshot the Eagles, 25-7, including 17 shots in the second half. They took 13 penalty corners to American's one, which came in the last minute of the game.

Starting Maryland goalkeeper Melissa Vassalotti notched two saves and sophomore keeper Natalie Hunter, who played the final 12 minutes, notched one. American's Ashley Dalisera had eight saves.

The Terrapins now own the all-time series over American, 35-1.

Maryland will play host to local team Towson Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex. Admission is free and the game will be shown live on TerpsTV Premium for a fee.

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