Sept. 19, 2004
NEWARK, Del. - No. 2 Maryland field hockey scored three unanswered goals in the second half for a come-from-behind victory over No. 14 Delaware, 4-3, at Rullo Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Junior Emily Beach tallied the game-winning goal to lead the Terps to the win.
"[Maryland] responded so well in the second half. Delaware was much more aggressive than we were. They had us emotionally from the get go," said Maryland head coach Missy Meharg. "But we talked about what we had to do at the half. The team listened well and got things going tactically. It was a very good, physical game and we needed that."
The Terps (9-0) were in an unfamiliar position after the first half of play. They were behind for the first time since the opening game of the season on Aug. 28, trailing Delaware (4-3), 2-1.
Three minutes into the game, Delaware's Lauren Carr gave her team its first lead, scoring on a rebound. Maryland was not down for long, tying the score two minutes later on a goal from senior Colleen Barbieri (Centereach, N.Y.). Junior All-American Jackie Ciconte (Wilmington, Del.) made a quick pass to Barbieri who knocked it in for the goal.
But Blue Hens regained the advantage going ahead, 2-1, as Leah Geib scored on a pass from Erica LaBar after a penalty corner. Delaware limited the Terps' scoring chances to just five shots in the period, their lowest total of the season, and was able to keep Maryland off the scoreboard the remainder of the half.
The Blue Hens did not let up, adding another goal to take a 3-1 lead 10 minutes into the second period. Geib deflected a pass off a penalty corner for UD's third goal of the game, the most goals the Terps have allowed to an opponent this season.
Down 3-1, the Terps began creating more and more opportunities and were knocking on the door, creating 1-v-1 chances, shots missing by just inches and even one shot hitting the post.
Junior All-American Lauren Powley (Mountaintop, Pa.) made a pass into the circle on the restart and Barbieri had a quick touch on the ball for the quick score at the 47-minute mark, to bring the Terps to within one goal, 3-2.
Delaware's defense was able to fend off two shots off a Maryland penalty corner in the 61st minute, but it was the third shot that got past the goalkeeper as freshman Janneke van Leeuwen (Hilversum, Netherlands) scored the equalizer, 3-3.
It was junior defender Emily Beach (Bethesda, Md.) who came through for the Terps when they most needed it. She moved the ball inside the circle and took a long-range shot and scored, putting UM ahead for the first time all game at 55:40. It was also the first goal of her career as a Terp.
Maryland had one more hurdle to overcome. In the last four minutes, the Terps were a player down after a yellow card was given to junior Tiffany Marsh (Marathon, N.Y.). The defense warded off any real threat, even after a penalty corner was awarded to the Blue Hens with time expired.
The Terps' three-game road swing comes to an end with Maryland traveling to Wake Forest to open the ACC slate on Saturday, Sept. 25. Game time is 1 p.m.
No. 2 Maryland (9-0) 1 3 -- 4 No. 14 Delaware (4-3) 2 1 -- 3