No. 4 Field Hockey Defeats Second-Straight Top 15 Foe
Oct. 19, 2003
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Fourth-ranked Maryland field hockey scored four second-half goals en route to a 4-0 victory over No. 15 Delaware on Sunday afternoon at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex. The win is the second for the Terps in as many days over a top-15 opponent and the second against a Colonial Athletic Association team. Junior Anja Boettcher tallied two goals in the game for the second time this weekend.
The game remained scoreless after the first 35 minutes. Maryland (14-2, 1-2 ACC) had two opportunities to take the lead in the 11th minute, but Delaware's Amanda Warrington and Megan Henry denied back-to-back Terp shots as the UD (10-6, 2-2 CAA) defenders made the stick save to send the game into halftime scoreless.
The Terps turned up the pressure in the second half. After outshooting the Blue Hens, 8-0, in the first period, Maryland peppered UD goalkeeper Megan Allen, who made eight saves in the game, with 17 shot attempts.
Junior All-American Colleen Barbieri (Centereach, N.Y.) broke up the scoreless tie with a goal in the 48th minute. Coming from the left side of the field, the slow-roller got passed UD's Allen and into the right side of the cage. That started the offensive rush.
At 56:04, Boettcher (Ingolstadt, Germany) slammed a penalty corner shot into the back of the net, giving the Terps a 2-0 lead. Junior Emily Boyer (Oak Park, Ill.) and sophomore Tiffany Marsh (Marathon, N.Y.) assisted on the play.
Just 37 seconds later, sophomore Jackie Ciconte (Wilmington, Del.) added to the lead with freshman Paula Infante (Santiago, Chile) recording the assist. Boettcher tallied her second of the day, her fourth of the weekend, on a rebounded shot after a penalty corner at 64:46.
"Delaware is a fast and dangerous team and Maryland played very strong today. It's the second-straight top-20 win after we beat [No. 7] Old Dominion yesterday," said Maryland head coach Missy Meharg. " I am overly pleased with the team's performance. They are beginning to understand what needs to be done heading closer to the postseason."
The Terp defense did not allow a Delaware shot or a penalty corner in the game. It is the second time this season Maryland has accomplished that feat, shutting out Rutgers in both categories on Sept. 13. Maryland ended the game with 25 shots and 13 penalty corners.
Maryland goaltender Tori Cano (Sea Cliff, N.Y.) posted her first shutout of the season and the team's seventh.
Maryland is back on the road for a key ACC matchup at No. 2 North Carolina on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 1 p.m.
#15 Delaware (10-6, 2-2 CAA) 0 0 - 0 #4 Maryland (14-2, 1-2 ACC) 0 4 - 4GOALS: UD, none. UM, Colleen Barbieri, 47:26; Anja Boettcher (Emily Boyer, Tiffany Marsh), 56:04; Jackie Ciconte (Paula Infante), 56:41; Anja Boettcher, 64:46. SHOTS: UD 0, UM 25. PENALTY CORNERS: UD 0, UM 13. SAVES: UD, Megan Allen 8 (4 GA, 70:00); UM, Tori Cano 0 (0 GA, 70:00). ATTENDANCE: 469.