No. 1 Field Hockey Terps Top Drexel, 6-0, On Senior Day

Oct. 28, 2001

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Junior Carissa Messimer (Mountaintop, Pa.) and freshman Lucy Morris (Ascot Vale, Victoria, Australia) tallied two goals apiece in an offensive outburst as the Terrapin field hockey squad (15-3, 3-1 ACC) topped Drexel, 6-0. Rookie Colleen Barbieri (Centereach, N.Y.) registered a pair of assists on a day where the underclassmen complemented their senior counterparts, who were honored before Sunday's final regular-season home match.

The Terrapins outshot the Dragons 42-0, marking the second time this season Maryland has not allowed an opponent any attempts at the goalcage (Kent State, Sept. 9, 2001). Senior back Autumn Welsh (Macungie, Pa.), senior goalkeeper Ashley Hohnstine (Oak Hill, Va.) and freshman cager Kerry Hearsey (Leicester, England) directed the Terp defense to its 10th shutout of the year. Additionally, the Terrapins did not allow one penalty corner.

Messimer scored what was eventually the game-winner with just over 14 minutes to play in the first half. The junior intercepted a Dragon pass and carried it into the top of the circle, ripping it of Drexel keeper Katie Dougherty's pads (21 saves) and into the net. Messimer's goal was all the Terrapins had to show for a 25-0 first-half shot advantage.

Morris proved again to be a spark for the Terrapins, seeing her first action at the start of the second half and scoring after roughly one minute played. Barbieri found the Aussie newcomer on the left side of the cage, where she backhanded a shot at 33:58. Senior Dina Rizzo (Walpole, Mass.) fed Messimer for her second score of the day before Morris struck again, dribbling through traffic and grounding a shot into the left corner to make it 4-0.

The Terrapins were not finished, however. Two-time All-American Rachel Hiskins (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) made her senior day sweet after a cross-crease pass from Barbieri with 14:27 to play. Then with only three seconds to play in the game, redshirt-freshman Sara Silvetti (Wapwallopen, Pa.) cranked one in after junior Kateri Simon (Fallston, Md.) found her on a broken corner play.

Morris, who played roughly ten minutes on Friday against No. 17 James Madison and netted a pair of scores, has now notched four goals in the last two matches. Ten Terrapins have now scored four goals or more on the season, and nine are in double-digits in points.

Maryland is next in action at the ACC Championships in Chapel Hill, N.C., from Nov. 1-4. The Terps enter the tournament as the No. 1-seed, and will face the winner of No. 4 Virginia and No. 5 Duke on Friday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m.

	                         1st  2nd   Final
No. 1 Maryland (15-3, 3-1 ACC)    1    5  --  6
Drexel (10-10, 2-1 CAA)		  0    0  --  0

GOALS: Maryland - Carissa Messimer (un), 20:41 (1st), Lucy Morris (Colleen Barbieri), 33:58 (2nd), Messimer (Dina Rizzo), 26:29 (2nd), Morris (un), 25:31 (2nd), Rachel Hiskins (Barbieri), 14:27 (2nd), Sara Silvetti (Kateri Simon), 00:03 (2nd). Drexel - none. SHOTS: Maryland 42, Drexel 0. PENALTY CORNERS: Maryland 9, Drexel 0. SAVES: Maryland - Ashley Hohnstine (0 saves, 0 goals allowed, 35:00 minutes), Kerry Hearsey (0 saves, 0 goals allowed, 35:00 minutes). Drexel - Katie Dougherty (21 saves, 6 goals allowed, 70:00 minutes). ATTENDANCE: 181.

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