No. 1 Terrapins Edge No. 15 Princeton in Comeback Thriller, 2-1

Sept. 27, 2002

PRINCETON, N.J. - Maryland All-American and Honda Award hopeful Carissa Messimer (Mountaintop, Pa.) buried a penalty shot with seven minutes to play and also handed out an assist to help the Terps tie the game as the No. 1 Maryland field hockey squad (9-1, 0-1 ACC) downed No. 15 Princeton, 2-1. Sophomore goalie Kerry Hearsey (Leicester, England) made five brilliant saves and the Terp defense was able to limit Princeton's Ilvy Friebe and the nation's top-rated attack to one goal as Maryland captured its third victory over a top-20 power.

It was an intense and extremely well played 70 minutes as two of the top offenses and defenses in the nation squared off. The Terrapins seemed in control in the opening minutes, but All-American Friebe made Princeton's first opportunity count. After three and a half minutes of hockey played exclusively on the Tigers' side of the field, Friebe raced downfield on a breakaway and grounded the ball into the cage. The Tiger forward nearly increased the Tiger lead near the 13-minute mark on another fast break, but was denied by a Hearsey kick save. The Tigers (3-2, 3-0 Ivy) took a 1-0 lead into the halftime huddle, with Friebe accounting for a 3-1 shot advantage.

The level of play in the second half paralleled the first, as both teams both put forth an equally tremendous effort. After another Friebe shot was denied by Hearsey in the 43rd minute, the Terps transition game took over. Maryland's backfield worked the ball forward to Messimer, who dodged defenders en route to the circle and skipped the ball toward the cage, where freshman forward Tiffany Marsh (Marathon, N.Y.) deflected it high into the corner of the net.

The tension in the Class of 1952 Stadium built into a crescendo as both the Terps and Tigers battled for a decisive score. Princeton valiantly attempted to get the ball to Friebe, while the Terrapins were granted two penalty corners but could not convert. Freshman Jackie Ciconte (Wilmington, Del.) provided a spark on the Terps' forward line, forcing a pair of Tiger turnovers. The Terrapins made one of them count when a Colleen Barbieri (Centereach, N.Y.) attack attempt resulted in a penalty stroke opportunity. Messimer made good on Maryland's first stroke attempt of the year with 6:46 to play to put the Terps on top for good.

Princeton would not go quietly still, and in the waning moments the Terrapin defense was forced to deny three Tiger corners. Hearsey again was masterful, blocking a drag flick by Emily Townsend.

After posting a hard-fought 3-1 record after facing four straight opponents on the road, the Terrapins return home for a Sunday match with No. 14 California. The Terps and Bears will meet at 1 p.m. at the Artificial Turf Facility. Admission is free.

No. 1 Maryland (9-1, 0-1 ACC)     0  2  --  2
No. 15 Princeton (3-2, 3-0 Ivy)   1  0  --  1

GOALS: Maryland - Tiffany Marsh (Carissa Messimer), 43:45 (2nd); Messimer (un (PS)), 63:14 (2nd). Princeton - Ilvy Friebe (un), 3:23 (1st). SHOTS: Maryland 5, Princeton 8. PENALTY CORNERS: Maryland 3, Princeton 6. SAVES: Maryland - Kerry Hearsey (5 saves, 1 goal allowed, 70:00 minutes). Princeton - Kelly Baril (2 saves, 2 goals allowed, 70:00). ATTENDANCE: 336.