No. 1 Field Hockey Downs Delaware, 4-1

Oct. 24, 2001

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland field hockey squad (13-3, 3-1 ACC) opened their three-match week in fine style, outshooting Delaware 21-4 to sink the Blue Hens, 4-1. Freshman forward Colleen Barbieri (Centereach, N.Y.) netted a pair of goals, including the second-half game-winner, in her first major playing minutes since recovering from a high ankle sprain. Head coach Missy Meharg improved to 9-3-2 against her alma mater with the Terp victory.

Senior Dina Rizzo (Walpole, Mass.) got the offense moving in the first half for the Terrapins. After a penalty corner rocket by senior forward Caroline Walter (Reilingen, Germany) was deflected by Blue Hen goalie Heidi Hibshman, the feisty midfielder lunged forward for the tip-in just under the crossbar. The Terps took a 1-0 lead and a 14-1 shot advantage into the halftime huddle.

Barbieri wasted no time in the second half, scoring less than five minutes into the action. The rookie sniper took advantage of a pass that skittered off the pads of Delaware's second-half keeper Stephanie Judefind, flicking it into the right side of the net. Five minutes later Barbieri received an upfield pass from two-time All-American Rachel Hiskins (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), darted past the Blue Hen sweeper, and punched it into right corner of the goalmouth.

Rookie goalie Kerry Hearsey (Leicester, England) stopped one second-half shot before the Blue Hens tallied their lone score of the game. Delaware leading scorer Juli Byrd fired in a penalty corner attempt after a stick stop by Jenn Fotiou and a pushout by Kelly Coyle.

The Terps, however, answered with just over two minutes to play, when senior forward Megan Kelly (Gaithersburg, Md.) one-timed a well-executed sweep pass through the crease by freshman Emily Boyer (Oak Park, Ill.).

Seniors Ashley Hohnstine (Oak Hill, Va.) and Autumn Welsh (Macungie, Pa.) directed the defense to keep Delaware at bay for most of the game. The Terrapin backfield has not allowed more than one opposing goal in each of its last five games.

The Terps are next in action against No. 17 James Madison on Friday in Harrisonburg, Va. They return home for Senior Day against Drexel in College Park on Sunday at 1 p.m.

No. 1 Maryland (13-3, 3-1 ACC) 1 3 -- 4 Delaware (11-7, 5-3 America East) 0 1 -- 1

GOALS: Maryland - Dina Rizzo (un), 25:36 (1st), Colleen Barbieri (un), 31:20 (2nd), Barbieri (un), 26:47 (2nd), Megan Kelly (Emily Boyer), 2:09 (2nd). Delaware - Juli Byrd (Kelly Coyle, Jenn Fotiou (PC)), 25:22 (2nd). SHOTS: Maryland 21, Delaware 4. PENALTY CORNERS: Maryland 5, Delaware 3. DEFENSIVE SAVES: Maryland - none. Delaware - Kate Johnson. SAVES: Maryland - Ashley Hohnstine (0 saves, 0 goals allowed, 35:00 minutes), Kerry Hearsey - (1 saves, 1 goal allowed, 35:00), Delaware - Heidi Hibshman (3 saves, 1 goal allowed, 35:00 minutes), Stephanie Judefind - (1 save, 3 goals allowed, 35:00). ATTENDANCE: 127.

Contact: Mark Fratto
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