McEvoy's Hat Trick Leads Terrapins

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Junior Ali McEvoy's first career hat trick helped lead the third-ranked Maryland field hockey team to a 6-0 dominating win over Dartmouth Sunday in the final game of the Terrapin Invitational.

The Terps (5-1) dominated the game on both ends of the field. They outshot Dartmouth (1-3) 34-5 and had 17 penalty corners to the Big Green's one. Senior Megan Frazer added two goals and freshman Sarah Sprink had one as well.

"We talked about playing in a new system and we made some adjustments within the system that have worked out very positively for us," head coach Missy Meharg said. "In that regard, the women are very in sync. They're very willing to do the running together and counter defense is very strong. The synergy, the energy amongst the women is very, very positive."

McEvoy put the Terrapins on the board just 1:25 into the game hard shot tipped to her from Sprink off a penalty corner setup. Just under three minutes later, Frazer tipped in a backdoor shot from McEvoy off the Terps' second penalty corner with a 2-0 Maryland lead under five minutes into the game.

McEvoy added her second score of the day in the 19th minute with a hard shot off of a corner set up by seniors Harriet Tibble and Janessa Pope. 75 seconds later, Frazer and junior Jill Witmer teamed up to make it a 4-0 Maryland lead. Witmer passed it to Frazer for a tip-in behind Dartmouth's keeper.

Sprink scored her first career goal as a Terrapin off a penalty corner with 1:18 left in the first half for a 5-0 Maryland lead at the break.

After a corner, the Terps were awarded a penalty stroke in the 53rd minute. McEvoy's third goal finalized the score at 6-0 when she made the stroke.

Maryland was without sophomores Katie Gerzabek and Maxine Fluharty, who are in Guadalajara, Mexico with the U.S. Under-21 Team for the Junior Pan Am Games over the next two weeks.

"With two players abroad, it's neat to see team just stand up and do what needs to be done," Meharg said. "I respect them heavily."

Junior starting goalkeeper Natalie Hunter notched a save in the first half. Redshirt sophomore Brooke Cabrera played the second half in goal, but did not face a shot on goal. Dartmouth starting goalkeeper Ellen Meyer had nine saves in the first half. Jenna Stearns took over in goal in the second half for the Big Green and had eight saves.

Next, the Terrapins will play host to No. 17 Boston College 3-1 Friday night at 7 p.m. in their ACC opener. Admission is free and the game is a Black Out game, so all fans are encouraged to wear black.

Head coach Missy Meharg will be honored prior to Friday's game for her 25th season as head coach of the program. Fans and alumni should come early to the start of the game to show your support and thank Coach Meharg.