COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Top-ranked Maryland field hockey won at American, 2-0, Sunday in Washington D.C. After a scoreless first half, Maryland (14-0, 3-0 ACC) punched through with goals from senior Jill Witmer and redshirt freshman Emma Rissinger in the second half.
“The Maryland-American game is historically exciting and very competitive,” head coach Missy Meharg said. “Steve Jennings and his staff, including former Maryland coach Barb Weinberg, put us under extreme defensive pressure with a tough zone in the midfield. The staff is pleased with the adjustments made and the team’s performance in the second half. Katie Gerzabek was player of the game for us for her midfield structure and distribution.”
After a scoreless first half that included four total shots, Maryland’s offense finally broke through thirteen minutes into the second. In the 49th minute, Witmer deflected in the first goal of the game and her 13th of the year off a penalty corner.
With 6:53 left to play, Rissinger tapped in freshman Mieke Hayn’s pass from the right corner to make it 2-0.
Maryland outshot American (8-4), 11-2. Senior goalkeeper Natalie Hunter made a stop to preserve Maryland’s fifth shutout of the year.
The Terrapins have won 12 straight over the Eagles, dating back to 2004.
Next, the Terps will welcome ACC newcomer No. 3 Syracuse (11-1, 2-1) to the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex Friday at 6 p.m. Admission is free and parking is free after 4 p.m. Live stats will be available through UMTerps.com and fans can follow online at https://twitter.com/TerpFieldHockey.