Sept. 15, 2007
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Top-ranked Maryland field hockey got off to a good start in ACC play, traveling to No. 11 Boston College on Saturday afternoon for the opening conference game of the season. The Terps scored once in each half then kept the Eagles off the board to come away with a 2-0 victory.
Maryland (7-0) took a 1-0 lead in the first half, taking advantage of one if its five penalty corners in the period. In the 13th minute, junior All-American Susie Rowe (London, England) hammered a shot into the back of the net, with assists coming from freshman Katie O'Donnell (Blue Bell, Pa.) and senior Janneke van Leeuwen (Hilversum, Netherlands). It was the 44th assist of van Leeuwen's career, placing her in the top five at Maryland all-time.
The Eagles (5-2) did not have an answer for the Terps, as the teams played evenly for most of the rest of the game. In the 62nd minute, however, sophomore All-American Nicole Muracco (Sewell, N.J.) knocked in an insurance goal, hitting the top-left corner of the cage, making the score 2-0.
Maryland, who posts its fourth shutout of the season, held the edge in shots, outshooting BC, 11-7, as senior All-American Kathryn Masson (Richmond, British Columbia) made three saves. Her counterpart, Julia Berkowitz made seven in the Eagles' cage. The Terps also outcornered Boston College, 10-3.
The two-time national champion Terps have won their last 11 games, dating back to the start of the 2006 NCAA Tournament. The team will travel to local-foe and top-20 opponent American on Wednesday, Sept. 19.
#1 Maryland(7-0, 1-0 ACC) 1 1 - 2 #11 Boston College (5-2, 0-1 ACC) 0 0 - 0GOALS: MD, Susie Rowe (Katie O'Donnell, Janneke van Leeuwen), pc, 12:53; Nicole Muracco, un, 61:16. BC, None. SHOTS: MD 11, BC 7. PENALTY CORNERS: MD 10, BC 5. SAVES: MD, Kathryn Masson 3 (0 GA, 70:00); BC, Julia Berkowitz 7 (2 GA, 70:00). ATTENDANCE: 442.