#3 Maryland Blanks Towson, 6-0
Oct. 19, 2011
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The third-ranked Maryland field hockey team (13-2, 4-0 ACC) shut out Towson, 6-0, Wednesday night behind goals from six different Terrapins. They only allowed the Tigers (8-8) one shot and two penalty corners for the game.
"I was really impressed with how Towson has evolved since last season," head coach Missy Meharg said. "We're very pleased with Maryland. Six different goal-scorers is what we need right now. Two people, these were their first goals this year. For Lindsey Puckett, she's always taking shots and scoring a lot in training, so this is great for her to get on the board in competition."
"Only giving up one shot and two corners - those are the defensive statistics we're looking for that show we're organized back there and dominating."
Sophomore Ali McEvoy put the Terrapins on the board when she flung in a shot off the team's fourth penalty corner. Tibble notched the assist and the Terps took a 1-0 lead with just over 19 minutes left in the first half.
Sophomore Jill Witmer bumped Maryland's lead to 2-0 with 11 minutes remaining in the first period. After senior Jemma Buckley's shot was saved off of a corner, Witmer stuck with it and scored on a backhanded, cross-body shot.
Puckett spotted the Terps a three-goal lead in the first half when she scored with 3:50 remaining. Freshman Steffi Schneid notched her first career assist when she found Puckett along the baseline for a shot into the far corner of the goal.
Freshman Maxine Fluharty notched the Terrapins' fourth goal of the night 1:26 into the second half when she sent in a backhanded shot from the top of the circle to make it 4-0, Maryland.
Just five minutes later, freshman Katie Gerzabek tipped in a shot as the ball was in the air for the Terrapins' five-goal lead.
Kauffman's career goal was the Terps' sixth of the night and gave them a 6-0 lead with just under 12 minutes remaining.
The Terrapins donned pink accessories in honor of breast cancer awareness. Pink ribbons were distributed and donations for breast cancer support and research were accepted.
Maryland will head south to take on No. 2 North Carolina (15-1, 4-0 ACC) Saturday at 1 p.m. in Chapel Hill, N.C. The Terps-Tar Heels game will be broadcast live online on ESPN3.com and on WMUCSports.com.
The Terps beat the Tar Heels 3-2 in double overtime last November for their seventh national title. Maryland has won five of the last six meetings, dating back to 2008.