Oct. 30, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 1-ranked Maryland field hockey team claimed the first 18-0 regular season record in program history Friday night in a 6-2 win over No. 12 Stanford. In a night celebrating the seven seniors in one the most successful classes in program history, the Terps saw production from nearly every corner of the field.
"We can't say enough about this senior class and about the competitive environment they brought out to watch this game," head coach Missy Meharg said. "Brianna Davies, Alexis Pappas, Emma Thomas, Kristina Foster, Nicole Muracco, Ameliet Rischen and Alicia Grater have left a mark on Maryland field hockey for the first-ever perfect season."
In the win, junior Katie O'Donnell became the all-time career points leader at Maryland with 193. She is still second in all-time assists with 64. Her two-goal, one-assist performance was one of many great ones from the Terrapins Friday evening.
Thomas struck first for the Terps with her goal seven minutes in off a penalty corner setup from Pappas and O'Donnell. Seven minutes later, Stanford's Becky Dru tied up the game off of another penalty corner.
After an infraction on Stanford, the Terrapins were awarded a penalty shot, which was taken by Thomas. She scored with 15 minutes remaining in the half and the Terps never looked back.
Three minutes later, O'Donnell scored her first goal from a pass to the inside from freshman Janessa Pope. Dru again notched a goal for the Cardinal, but it was not enough to overcome the Terps' lead.
"Stanford is an exceedingly talented and fit team that put pressure on us in the first half. With confident adjustments and focus our seniors led us to a 3-0 second half," Meharg said.
After leading at the half, 3-2, O'Donnell scored three minutes into the half from freshman Colleen Gulick off of a Muracco rebounded shot. Muracco found the cage a few minutes later from Davies. Freshman Megan Frazer finalized the score at 6-2 off a penalty corner setup from Thomas and Pappas and inserted by O'Donnell.
Grater notched three saves and Melissa Vassalotti had two. The Terrapins outshot the Cardinal 31-10 and had 12 penalty corners to the Cardinal's six. Stanford goalkeeper Alessandra Moss had 12 saves on the day.
"It's time to celebrate and refocus on Monday as we prepare for the ACC Tournament," Meharg said.
Maryland already clinched the No. 1-seed in the ACC Tournament next weekend in Charlottesville, Va. The Terps will find out their times and opponents later this weekend. Umterps.com will have all information.