#3 Maryland Falls to #1 Old Dominion

Oct. 14, 2011

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland field hockey team fell to No. 1 Old Dominion, 5-2, Friday night at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex. The third-ranked Terrapins (11-2) notched more shots, saves and penalty corners than the Monarchs, but fell behind early and couldn't take the lead.

Freshman Katie Gerzabek and sophomore Jill Witmer put the Terrapins on the board, while Monarch senior Emma Batten notched a hat trick.

"Old Dominion is a very fit team. They are exceedingly tenacious in their counterattacks to goal," Missy Meharg said. "Emma Batten is a world-class player. She's a great player. You've got to be able to make it personal and play her one on one in a way that is very smart."

"I'm confident we can learn from this again. I'm pleased with the statistics. They're a good defensive team and we were able to get a good number of shots off. Old Dominion is a very good team and hopefully we'll have an opportunity to play them again."

The Monarchs (15-0) wasted no time getting on the board, as they scored 39 seconds into the game. Danielle Clutter tipped in that first goal off of a rebounded shot.

They added their second goal 5:45 seconds in as Stephanie Kratzer scored on the first corner of the game.

Witmer put the Terrapins on the board when she finished off a loose ball as Monarchs' goalkeeper Devon Seifert came out of the goal. Witmer's goal cut Old Dominion's goal to 2-1 in the 14th minute of the game.

Old Dominion added another score before the break when Emma Batten knocked one in off her own rebounded shot with just under 16 minutes remaining to take a 3-1 lead. Batten scored again just over seven minutes into the second half when she sent in a shot off of a rebound. She added her third goal of the night when she floated in a shot from Kratzer to make it 5-1 Monarchs with 24 minutes remaining.

Gerzabek added the Terps' second goal of the game with just over 16 minutes remaining when she drilled in a hard shot from the top corner of the circle to make it 5-2.

Maryland took 15 shots to Old Dominion's 14 and had four penalty corners to the Monarchs' two.

Starting goalkeeper Melissa Vassalotti notched five saves in her 49 minutes in goal and sophomore keeper Natalie Hunter had one in her 21 minutes. Sophomores Ali McEvoy and Hayley Turner each had defensive saves.

The loss ended the Terrapins' 39-game home win streak that dated back to 2008. They are 102-10 (.911) all-time at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.

Next, the Terrapins will play across town at American (6-5) Sunday at 2 p.m. in Washington D.C. The Terps and the Eagles will play at Jacobs Field.

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