Sept. 26, 2003
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - A penalty shot lifted the No. 3 Maryland field hockey team to a 2-1 overtime victory over No. 10 Princeton on Friday night at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex. The Terps keep their season-opening win streak alive and remain undefeated on the season at 10-0. The Tigers fall to 4-2 overall.
A tightly contested first half saw a combined six shots by both teams, with Maryland holding the slight edge, 4-2. Just over 20 minutes into the game, junior Anja Boettcher (Igolstadt, Germany) fed the ball to junior All-American Colleen Barbieri (Centereach, N.Y.) who punched the ball into the back of the cage, putting UM ahead, 1-0.
Holding onto a slim one-goal lead, Maryland quickly added another on the team's first shot of the second period. Sophomore Jackie Ciconte (Wilmington, Del.) dove in front of the cage, deflecting a pass from junior co-captain Sara Silvetti (Wapwallopen, Pa.) past Princeton's goalkeeper giving the Terps a 2-0 advantage in the 40th minute.
The Terps seemed to have the game under control, exploding for 14 shots in the second period. Maryland was also awarded eight of its 10 penalty corners in the second 35 minutes, after not having any in the first.
But the Tigers, rallied coming to within 2-1 66:58 into the game as Maren Ford hammered home a goal off a rebound. Eighteen ticks later, Princeton silenced the crowd with the equalizer from Natalie Martirosian on a pass from Ford, sending the game into overtime.
Maryland had not played an overtime period until this game, while the Tigers had defeated Yale, 5-4, in overtime on Sept. 13. But the Terps' inexperience did not show, dominating the action and outshooting Princeton 8-1. The Tigers' goalie Simon kept the game alive for Princeton, saving the first of what would be two penalty shots. But the second time around, the Tigers succumbed as freshman Paula Infante (Santiago, Chile) knocked in the game-winning tally.
Simon ended the evening with 10 saves, while Maryland goalkeeper sophomore Tori Cano (Sea Cliff, N.Y.) made four key saves.
Maryland's final shot count was 26, while Princeton's final tally was seven. The Terps also outcornered the Tigers, 10-3.
The Terps, who are one win away from tying the school record for the best start of the season, put their 10-game win streak on the line against No. 1 Wake Forest (8-0). The Demon Deacons topped No. 2 North Carolina Friday in Winston-Salem, N.C., 2-1, in overtime. The battle of the undefeateds takes place on Sunday, Sept. 28 at 1 p.m.
#10 Princeton (4-2) 0 2 0 - 2 #3 Maryland (10-0) 1 1 1 - 3GOALS: PU, Maren Ford, 66:58; Natalie Martirosan (Maren Ford); UM, Colleen Barbieri (Anja Boettcher), 20:09; Jackie Ciconte (Sara Silvetti), 39:42; Paula Infante, penalty shot (77:24). SHOTS: PU 7, UM 26. PENALTY CORNERS: PU 3, UM 10. SAVES: PU, Juliana Simon 10 (3 GA, 70:00); UM, Tori Cano 4 (2 GA, 70:00). ATTENDANCE: 252.