Nov. 14, 2004
COLLEGE PARK, MD. - The No. 2 Maryland field hockey team topped No. 7 American, 2-0, in today's NCAA second round, earning its fifth NCAA semifinal appearance in the last six years. The Terps used a 25-1 advantage in shots and first-half goals from Sara Silvetti and Lauren Powley to avenge a 3-1 loss to AU earlier this season.
Silvetti scored the eventual game-winner for the Terps 15:00 into the game, taking one of Maryland's 10 penalty corners on the day and burying it in the back of the American net. Silvetti's career-high eighth goal of the season came off feeds from pusher Janneke van Leeuwen and stick-stopper Emily Beach.
Powley converted another Maryland penalty corner less than seven minutes later to give the Terrapins a 2-0 lead heading into the half. The junior midfielder rebounded a hard shot from the top of the circle by Silvetti and beat AU goalkeeper Allison Fayfich with a shot inside the left post.
Fayfich kept the Eagles in the game with a career-high 12 saves, including eight in the second half. In two games against the Terps this season, the sophomore posted a combined 23 saves.
Maryland will move on to play Wake Forest at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, following a 4:30 matchup between Duke and No. 4 seed Michigan.
Last season, the Terps fell to Duke, 4-2, in the semis, and in 2001 made the most recent of its six NCAA finals appearances. Maryland has captured three NCAA titles in school history, including in 1999 when it defeated Michigan, 2-1, in the national championship game.