Sept. 18, 2010
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland field hockey team, ranked No. 2 in the latest Kookaburra / NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll, opened its Atlantic Coast Conference slate with a 4-2 win Saturday over No. 11 Boston College. Senior Katie O'Donnell broke the ACC's career points record in the first half with an assist.
Heading into Saturday's matchup, O'Donnell was tied with former Virginia player Meridith Thorpe with 230 career points. Just under 20 minutes into the game, O'Donnell assisted on the Terps' second goal of the day to pass Thorpe in the ACC's record book. Late last season, O'Donnell also claimed the league's assist record.
The Eagles took the lead first, when Nicole Schuster scored on a penalty corner 12 minutes in. Terps' junior Jemma Buckley tied the game when she scored on a corner inserted by sophomore Janessa Pope and stopped by Colleen Gulick.
Freshman Jill Witmer scored her fifth and sixth goals of the year to give the Terrapins a two-goal lead at the end of the first half. O'Donnell broke away and dished the ball to Witmer, who put the Terps ahead off O'Donnell's record-breaking assist. Ten minutes later, Witmer scored again to give the Terrapins a 3-1 edge.
Buckley scored her second goal of the day ten minutes into the second half. She scored off of a deflection from sophomore Megan Frazer. The Eagles' Taylor Turchi finalized the game at 4-2 with four minutes remaining in the game.
Redshirt junior Melissa Vassalotti started in goal for the Terrapins. She had three saves on the day. Maryland took nine shots to Boston College's eight.
The Terps will play host to No. 20 Massachusetts Sunday afternoon at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex. The Terrapins and the Minutewomen will faceoff at 3 p.m.
Gametracker will be available for Sunday's games and the game will be broadcast live at WMUCSports.com.