Field Hockey Downs Cal, 2-0, in NCAA Tournament Action
Nov. 15, 2003
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The third-seeded Terrapin field hockey team scored a goal in each half en route to a 2-0 win over 20th-ranked California in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex on Saturday afternoon in College Park. Maryland advances to the second round of the tournament for the ninth-straight year and plays Penn State on Sunday, Nov. 16 at 2 p.m.
"There is a feeling of survival and we are looking forward to competing in the next round.," said Maryland head coach Missy Meharg. "We came out and played very well in the second half. The spirit was high and the energy was high. Cal played a very good tactical game."
The Terps (19-3) dominated most of the action, but Cal (13-4) put forward a strong defense. Maryland peppered the Bears with 19 shots in the game, eight coming in the first half. On one of those first-half attempts, the Terps drew a penalty stroke in the 30th minute and freshman Paula Infante (Santiago, Chile) converted on the opportunity to break a scoreless tie, 1-0.
Maryland continued its attack on the Cal defense, drawing four penalty corners in the second period. Hanging on to a one-goal lead, the Terps tacked on an insurance tally on a direct corner from junior Anja Boettcher (Ingolstadt, Germany) at 54 minutes. Sophomore Tiffany Marsh (Marathon, N.Y.) assisted on the play.
"I think we played pretty well," said Infante, who has a team-high 18 goals on the season which ties for the ninth-most goals scored in a season in the Maryland annals. "It was a pretty good game for us and we are looking forward to tomorrow."
Cal's first shot attempt of the game came in the 44th minute, as the Bears only had three for the game. The Bears only had one penalty corner while the Terps had eight.
The Terps have shutout nine opponents this season with sophomore Tori Cano (Sea Cliff, N.Y.) posting her third of the season, making two saves. California's Kelly Knapp made seven stops in the loss.
Maryland plays Penn State on Sunday at 2 p.m. The Nittany Lions defeated Princeton, 3-1, in the second game of the afternoon.
#20 California (13-4) 0 0 - 0 #3 Maryland (19-3) 1 1 - 2GOALS: UM, Paula Infante (PS), 29:40; Anja Boettcher (Tiffany Marsh - PC), 54:00. SHOTS: UC 3. UM 19. PENALTY CORNERS: UC 1, UM 8. SAVES: UC, Kelly Knapp 7 (2 GA, 70:00); UM Tori Cano 2 (0 GA, 70:00). ATTENDANCE: 399. -- TERPS --