Aug. 30, 2003
Amherst, Mass. - The Maryland field hockey team defeated New Hampshire in convincing fashion on Saturday afternoon at Graber Field on the campus of the University of Massachusetts. The Terps jumped out to a 5-0 lead at halftime en rout to an 8-0 victory to open the 2003 slate. Six different Terps scored at least a goal with freshman Paula Infante (Santiago, Chile) leading the way with two scores and an assist.
"It was evident during the preseason that we had a lot of depth, tenacious forwards and impact newcomers," said Maryland head coach Missy Meharg after the game. "UNH is traditionally fit and mentally strong and very well coached."
Maryland (1-0) controlled the action for the majority of the game, taking a 17-0 shot advantage in the first period alone. Junior All-American Colleen Barbieri (Centereach, N.Y.) wasted no time getting the Terps on the board scoring just over a minute into the contest.
Twelve minutes later, sophomore Jackie Ciconte (Wilmington, Del.) pushed the UM lead to two, followed by junior Anja Boettcher's (Ingolstadt, Germany) tally, her first goal as a Terp, a minute later, making the score 3-0. Infante scored back-to-back goals to run the lead to 5-0.
The second half continued much of the same way. In the first seven minutes of the period, the Terps tallied two more times, with goals coming from fellow junior captains Sara Silvetti (Wapwallopen, Pa.) and Kristin Harris (Lititz, Pa.).
The Wildcats' Jenn Harrison finally broke through Maryland's tough defense, registering UNH's only shot of the game in the 56th minute. New Hampshire (0-1) was also playing its first game of the year.
Barbieri ended the Maryland onslaught, scoring the final goal off a rebounded shot in the final minute of the game.
The eight goals were the most scored in a game by a Maryland team since defeating Rutgers, 10-0, on Oct. 7, 2001.
Maryland goalkeepers Tori Cano (Sea Cliff, N.Y.) and Christina Restivo (Parkton, Md.) combined for the shutout, while Restivo recorded a save in her first-career appearance. UNH keepers Christine Buckley and Julie Munson combined for 11 saves.
Maryland ended the game with a 28-1 shot advantage and drew eight penalty corners, while UNH was shutout in that category.
Maryland, who ended the 2002 season ranked fifth in the nation, is back in action on Sunday, Aug. 31 at Massachusetts at 1 p.m. The Minutewomen grabbed a 2-1 double overtime win over Fairfield to open the season.
New Hampshire (0-1) 0 0 -- 0 Maryland (1-0) 5 3 -- 8GOALS: UM, Colleen Barbieri, 1:02; Jackie Ciconte (Paula Infante), 13:12; Anja Boettcher (Colleen Barbieri), 14:14; Paula Infante (Emily Boyer, Lauren Powley), 25:06; Paula Infante, 31:49; Sara Silvetti (Emily Boyer, Lauren Powley), 42:57; Kristin Harris, 44:41; Colleen Barbieri, 69:12. SHOTS: UNH 1, UM 28. PENALTY CORNERS: UNH 0, Maryland 8. SAVES: UM, Tori Cano 0 (42:57); Christina Restivo 1 (27:03). ATTENDANCE: 277.