No. 2 Maryland Beats Pacific, 11-2
Oct. 10, 2010
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland field hockey team (12-1, 4-0 ACC), ranked No. 2 in the latest Kookaburra / NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll, beat Pacific (2-9) 11-2 Sunday afternoon in an offensive-powered matchup. The Terps took 43 shots in the game and their 11 goals were their highest total since 2000.
Junior Jemma Buckley notched her first career hat trick off 12 shots and she added two assists in the game. Freshman Jill Witmer and sophomore Megan Frazer each scored twice and senior Amanda Himmelheber scored her first career goal.
O'Donnell started the offense in the sixth minute when she scored on a pass from Buckley. Frazer scored her first five minutes later and Buckley followed when she scored off of pass from O'Donnell into the middle. Pacific's Kelly Perkins scored in the 25th minute from an assist by Alohilani Ornellas to make the score 3-1.
Freshman Ali McEvoy scored with seven minutes remaining in the half on a corner setup to give the Terrapins a 4-1 lead at the break.
Frazer notched her second three minutes into the second half and Witmer followed with her two goals, separated by just two minutes. With just under 20 minutes remaining in the game, Buckley scored her second goal off a corner setup.
In the 56th minute, Perkins scored the Tigers' second goal on a corner setup from Amanda Spellman and Dinah Compton.
Himmelheber took a hard shot from near the top of the circle for her goal in the 62nd minute. She shot bounced off of Tigers' goalkeeper Christina Niccum and rattled in. Sophomore Lindsey Puckett scored with four minutes remaining after Buckley passed it to her near the left post of the goal. Buckley finalized the score at 11-2 in the final minute when she scored off of a penalty corner inserted by sophomore Janessa Pope and stopped by sophomore Colleen Gulick.
The Terps took 43 shots in the game and scored 11 goals for the first time since a 2000 matchup against Radford. Maryland also held the penalty corner advantage 12-4.
Freshman Natalie Hunter started in goal for the Terps. She had a save on the day and junior Lauren Barr added a defensive save. Niccum had 19 saves in the game and the Tigers also had four defensive saves. Pacific took seven shots.
Maryland will play at No. 19 Old Dominion Friday at 5 p.m. in Norfolk, Va. The Terps will return home to face Delaware at 1 p.m. Sunday at Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex in College Park. Both games will be broadcast live on WMUCSports.com.