Sept. 17, 2006
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - For the second-straight day, the top-ranked Maryland field hockey team downed a top-15 opponent, defeating No. 13 James Madison, 4-2, on Sunday afternoon at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex. Junior Janneke van Leeuwen led the Terps, scoring the game-winning goal.
The Terrapins (9-0) were coming off a 5-0 victory over No. 8 Boston College on Saturday to open the ACC portion of the schedule.
Maryland has enjoyed a balanced attack as of late, as four different players tallied goals in Sunday's victory. On Saturday, the Terps had five players score, while no Terrapin has scored more than once in a match over the last six games.
All four of Maryland's tallies came in the first half. Freshman Nicole Muracco (Sewell, N.J.) scored on a pass from senior Paula Infante (Santiago, Chile) at 10:52 to give the Terps a 1-0 lead. But the Dukes (5-3) responded not long after that, as Lauren Walls' shot from the right side evened things up at 12:02, 1-1.
A back-and-forth battle, the Terps outshot JMU, 11-6, for the game, Maryland's lowest shot output since Aug. 29. Senior Berber Rischen's (Rotterdam, Netherlands) long shot to the opposite side of the cage broke the tie in the 19th minute. The Terps would not look back.
Maryland built a 3-1 cushion, as junior Janneke van Leeuwen (Hilversum, Netherlands) batted in a blocked shot in the 32nd minute for the eventual deciding goal. In the midst of a scramble in front of the cage, redshirt-sophomore Kim Ziegler (Kingsville, Md.) scored what would turn out to be the last goal of the afternoon for the Terrapins.
Still testing one another in the second half, the Terrapins had the slight edge in shots, 5-4, and penalty corners, 4-3, in the period. The Terps could not add another tally and JMU managed to breathe some life, finding the back of the net on an Ashley Walls goal in the 50th minute. But the Terps were too much for James Madison as the they would go on to claim the win by the final 4-2 margin.
Maryland goes on the road for three games, beginning with the highly anticipated match with Wake Forest, who is tied for first with the Terrapins in this week's national polls. The game is slated to tip-off on Saturday, Sept. 23 in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Demon Deacons will also look to avenge a loss to the Terrapins in the championship game of the ACC Tournament last year.
#13 James Madison (5-3) 1 1 - 2 #1 Maryland (9-0) 4 0 - 4GOALS: JM, Lauren Walls (un), 12:02; Ashley Walls (Melissa Walls), 49:42. MD, Nicole Muracco (Paula Infante), 10:52; Berber Rischen (un), 18:47; Janneke van Leeuwen (un), 31:50; Kim Ziegler (un), 33:39. SHOTS: JM 6, MD 11. PENALTY CORNERS: JM 3, MD 7. SAVES: JM, Merel Broekhuizen 0 (4 GA, 35:00), Kelsey Cutchins 1 (0 GA, 35:00); MD, Kathryn Masson 2 (2 GA, 70:00). ATTENDANCE: 328.