Princeton is No Match for No. 1 Maryland Field Hockey

Sept. 26, 2007

Box Score

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The second-ranked Maryland field hockey team was tested on Wednesday night, but Princeton could not keep pace as the Terrapins claimed a 4-1 victory at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex. Junior Sarah Scholl recorded a pair of assists, including assisting on the game winner.

The Terps improved to 10-0 on the season and is one of two undefeated teams remaining in the country. They also extended their win streak to 14 games, dating back to last season's NCAA Tournament.

Maryland had just one penalty corner in the game but the first one was executed to perfection. After the push in by senior Janneke van Leeuwen (Hilversum, Netherlands), freshman Katie O'Donnell (Blue Bell, Pa.) made the stop to set up junior Susie Rowe (London, England), who slammed the ball into the back of the cage, giving the Terrapins a 1-0 lead in the ninth minute of the game.

Princeton (4-3) threatened the lead, but the defense made crucial stops along the way. Maryland added to its advantage, jumping ahead 2-0, in the 25th minute. Looking to create some chaos, Sarah Scholl (Center Valley, Pa.) was off balanced and sent a pass into the circle to redshirt junior Kim Ziegler (Kingsville, Md.). Ziegler took a swing and slapped the ball into the net 10 score.

The Tigers fought to within 2-1, however, as Kaitlin Donovan found herself open in front of the cage for the easy goal. The score would stand until the halftime break.

In the second half, Maryland was more in control of the tempo. The Terrapins pounced on two scoring opportunities to score two more times. Scholl passed from the baseline behind Princeton's goalkeeper, finding junior Danielle Keeley (Elkton, Md.) on the receiving end in the 55th minute.

O'Donnell, who is this week's ACC Player of the Week, got back into the act and added another score in the 67th minute. Getting the ball at the top of the circle, she made her way through the defenders, to the baseline and around the goalkeeper for the wide open tally.

Maryland outshot Princeton, 14-13, and was outcornered, 6-2. However, the Tigers' could not get past the Terp defense, who did not allow a goal on the opportunities.

Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Alicia Grater (Gilbertsville, Pa.) entered the game in the last 23 minutes without having an opportunity to warm up and made two key saves to keep Princeton off the board. Senior All-American Kathryn Masson (Richmond, British Columbia) made four saves in the game.

The Terrapins are back in action this weekend, hosting No. 19 Virginia in ACC action on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 1 p.m. They host regional rival Temple on Sunday, Sept. 30. Admission and parking to the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex is free.

Princeton (4-3)     1    0  -  1
#1 Maryland (10-0)  2    2  -  4
GOALS: PRINCE, Kaitlin Donovan (un), 29:31. MD, Susie Rowe (Janneke van Leeuwen, Katie O'Donnell), pc, 8:31; Kim Ziegler (Sarah Scholl), 24:03; Danielle Keeley (Sarah Scholl), 54:24; Katie O'Donnell (un), 66:06. SHOTS: PRINCE 13, MD 14. PENALTY CORNERS: PRINCE 6, MD 2. SAVES: PRINCE, Cynthia Wray 6 (4 GA, 70:00); MD, Kathryn Masson 4 (1 GA, 47:03); Alicia Grater 2 (0 GA, 22:57). ATTENDANCE: 315.