No. 1 Maryland Field Hockey Blanks Delaware, 8-0

Sept. 8, 2000

NEWARK, Del. - In the first minutes of her collegiate field hockey career, redshirt-freshman Dawn Christensen (Columbia, Md.) tipped in a Carla Tagliente (Cortland, N.Y.) shot to cap an 8-0 win for the No. 1 Maryland field hockey squad (4-0) over the University of Delaware before 1,000 at Rullo Stadium. On the offensive end, six different Terps found the back of the net on 33 attempts, while on the defensive end, Maryland did not allow the Blue Hens (1-3) one shot. The Terps last held an opponent to no shots on Nov. 5, 1999, in the ACC Tournament vs. Virginia. This victory over Delaware extends Maryland's school-record win streak to 26 games.

The Terps took 3-0 first-half advantage, outshooting the Blue Hens 15-0. Maryland junior Caroline Walter (Reilingen, Germany) opened the scoring with 17:27 remaining off a feed from classmate Megan Kelly (Gaithersburg, Md.). At the 11:06 mark, Walter found sophomore Carissa Messimer (Mountaintop, Pa.) who blasted the Terps to a 2-0 lead directly in front of the cage. Later, at 7:08, senior Rachel Hiskins (Victoria, Australia) rebounded a Carla Tagliente penalty corner shot attempt and found the back of the net.

The second half witnessed more Terp offense, with Messimer repaying Walter with an assist. Walter gave the Terps a 4-0 lead, from Messimer, at the 24:48 mark. Terp senior Keli Smith (Selinsgrove, Pa.) made a steal at the top of the circle and ripped her first goal of the season at 21:28. With 15:47 remaining, sophomore Angie Klingerman (Bloomsburg, Pa.) punched in a rebound, and Smith made some moves along the goal line and talled her second goal with 10:13 remaining. Christensen's first career goal came from Tagliente with 2:09 remaining in the game to make it an 8-0 final.

Maryland junior Ashley Hohnstine (Oak Hill, Va.) and freshman Erica Bicksler (Palmyra, Pa.) split time in goal to collect the shut out, in Bicksler's first appearance as a collegian. Delaware keepers Andrea Grasso and Stephanie Judefind made seven and nine saves for the Blue Hens, respectively.

The Terrapins are next in action when they battle local rival Towson on Sept. 13. Maryland's second consecutive away match begins at Minnegan Stadium at 4 p.m.

Maryland (4-0)	3	5	--	8
Delaware (1-3)	0	0	--	0
GOALS: Maryland - Caroline Walter (Megan Kelly), 17:27 (1st), Carissa Messimer (Walter), 11:06 (1st), Rachel Hiskins (un), 7:08 (1st), Walter (Messimer), 24:48 (2nd), Keli Smith (un) 21:28 (2nd), Angie Klingerman (un) 15:47 (2nd), Smith (un) 10:13 (2nd), Dawn Christensen (Carla Tagliente) 2:09 (2nd). SHOTS: Maryland 33, Delaware 0. PENALTY CORNERS: Maryland 15, Delaware 1. SAVES: Maryland - Ashley Hohnstine (0 saves, 0 goals allowed, 52:08 minutes), Erica Bicksler (0 saves, 0 goals allowed, 17:52 minutes). Delaware - Andrea Grasso (7 saves, 3 goals allowed, 35 minutes), Stephanie Judefind (9 saves, 5 goals allowed, 35 minutes). ATTENDANCE:1,000.

Contact: Mark Fratto
301-314-7064 (phone)
301-314-9094 (fax)
301-314-TERP (Fan Phone)