Maryland Field Hockey Wins Season Opener at LHU, 5-0

Aug. 31, 2008

Box Score

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. - No. 2 Maryland field hockey rebounded from a sluggish first half to rout Lock Haven, 5-0, in the 2008 season opener. Junior Ameliet Rischen scored a career-high two goals to pace the attack. It was the 12th-straight year the Terps have won their season opener.

"It was nice to get the first game under out belt," said head coach Missy Meharg, who embarks on her 21st season at the Maryland helm. "Seventeen players competed today and were able to get a lot of good experience. Once we settled down in the second half, we had strong penalty execution. The coaching staff is very pleased with today's win."

The first half was fairly even, with Maryland gaining the slight edge on shots, 6-4, and penalty corners, 3-2. The Terrapins (1-0) got on the board early in a tight-knit affair. A scramble in front of the net resulted in a penalty stroke for the Terps and All-American senior captain Susie Rowe (London, England/Colfe's School) converted on the opportunity to give Maryland the lead at 7:16.

The second half was a different story as Maryland dominated, attempting 10 shots, while the Eagles (1-1) had two.

Junior Ameliet Rischen (Rotterdam, Netherlands/Wolfert van Borselen) began the scoring onslaught, which came in a six-minute span, tallying her first goal of the afternoon, an unassisted score, at 41:33. Three minutes later, All-American sophomore Katie O'Donnell (Blue Bell, Pa./Wissahickon) scored on one of Maryland's seven penalty corners. LHU had no penalty corners in the period. Rischen gave the Terps a 4-0 cushion with another unassisted goal at 47:42.

Maryland's last goal was in the 67th minute. Senior vice captain Ellen Ott (Schwenksville, Pa./Perkiomen Valley) capped things off, scoring on a penalty corner, assisted by O'Donnell.

For the game, Maryland outshot Lock Haven, 16-6, and outcornered the Eagles, 10-2. Junior Alicia Grater (Gilbertsville, Pa./Boyertown Area) played a career-high 70 minutes, making saves on half of LHU's shots. Eagles goalie, Erin Terreson, made five saves.

The Terps return to the pitch on Monday, Sept. 1 at No. 6-ranked Penn State. Maryland will be going for the program's 500th all-time victory, dating back to 1974. The Terps are also making their first trip back to State College, Pa., since 1995. The Nittany Lions are 1-0, defeating No. 8 Old Dominion, 2-0, on Saturday.

#2 Maryland (1-0)   1   4  - 5
Lock Haven (1-1)    0   0  - 0
GOALS: MD, Susie Rowe, ps, 7:16, Ameliet Rischen (un), 41:33, Katie O'Donnell (Susie Rowe), pc, 44:34, Ameliet Rischen (un), 47:42, Ellen Ott (Katie O'Donnell), pc, 66:12; LHU, None. SHOTS: MD 16, LHU 6. PENALTY CORNERS: MD 10, LHU 2. SAVES: MD, Alicia Grater 3 (0 GA, 70:00); LHU, Erin Terresen 5 (5 GA, 70:00).