Oct. 3, 2004
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - No. 3 Maryland field hockey was upset Sunday afternoon, falling to No. 9 American, 3-1, at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex. Junior Tiffany Marsh scored the Terps' lone goal. The win marks the first victory for the Eagles in the 30-year history of the series.
Maryland (11-2) had a 1-0 lead at halftime, the first time the Terps had lost a game when claiming the lead at the break. Marsh's (Marathon, N.Y.) goal was off a rebound at 9:46 into the game, her team-leading 10th tally of the season.
Despite the Terps' 25 shots, Maryland had trouble scoring. American goalkeeper Allison Fayfich had 11 saves. The Terrapins also had 15 penalty corners while the Eagles (10-2) had four.
Even though American had few opportunities, it made the most of them, scoring three goals in the second half while continuing to put the pressure on the Terps. AU's Heidi Hershberger tapped in a rebound after a penalty corner at 49:40 to tie the game. Camila Infante, the younger sister of Maryland's Paula Infante (Santiago, Chile), dribbled the ball down the left sideline, drove across the baseline and flicked in a shot over a diving Maryland goalkeeper Christina Restivo (Hereford, Md.) for the eventual game-winning goal at 60:49. Hershberger gave the Eagles a two-goal lead at 63:07 on a pass from Maureen Daniel on a penalty corner.
The Terps continued to attack in the final minutes, despite the two-goal deficit but ran out of time.
"I'm disappointed by the result, but my team worked really hard today and I'm very proud of them," said Maryland head coach Missy Meharg. "We have to work more in the area of goal scoring and we have to stay positive. American is a very good squad."
The series dates back to 1974 when the Terps defeated the Eagles, 9-0, on Oct. 3. Sunday's game was also the first time both teams were ranked in the top 10 at the time of the meeting.
Maryland will look to bounce back when they host No. 5 Duke on Saturday, Oct. 9 at 1 p.m. for a pivotal ACC game.
#9 American (10-2) 0 3 - 3 #3 Maryland (11-2) 1 0 - 1
GOALS: AU- Heidi Hershberger (un), 49:40; Camila Infante (un), 60:49; Heidi Hershberger (Maureen Daniel), pc, 63:07. MD- Tiffany Marsh (un), 9:46. SHOTS: AU 4, MD 25. PENALTY CORNERS: AU 4, MD 15. SAVES: AU, Allison Fayfich 11 (1 GA, 70:00); MD- Christina Restivo 1 (3 GA, 70:00). ATTENDANCE: 357.