Oct. 20, 2010

Courtesy of Maryland Athletics

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland field hockey team (15-1, 4-0 ACC), ranked No. 2 in the latest Kookaburra / NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll, blanked No. 7 American (13-3, 3-0 Patriot League) 3-0 Wednesday night in a local rivalry game in College Park. Maryland's defense led the team to its seventh straight win and its 10th over a ranked opponent this season.

The Terps held the Eagles to five shots total and just one in the first half, while the Terrapins took 18 on the night. Maryland also dominated the penalty corner advantage, 11-3.

"Tonight, the women were so focused on the game plan. This was definitely a team effort," head coach Missy Meharg said. "American is such a well-coached team. [Head coach] Steve Jennings is probably one of the best tactical and technical coaches in the NCAA."

The Terrapins ended the Eagles' 13-game win streak that included a 3-2 at No. 5 Princeton. So far this season, American had not been held scoreless and had not allowed an opponent more than two goals.

Senior Katie O'Donnell scored twice in the game, notching the first and third goals. In the ninth minute, freshman Jill Witmer found her near the far corner post for the score. The Terrapins took a 1-0 lead into the break.

In the 51st minute, junior Jemma Buckley scored on the Terps' ninth penalty corner of the night. O'Donnell and sophomore Harriet Tibble set up the play.

Eight minutes later, O'Donnell drove past two Eagles defenders up the field. She scored the Terrapins' third and final goal with a hard backhand shot from the near side of the circle.

Redshirt junior Melissa Vassalotti started in goal and had three saves in the game. American goalkeeper Hannah Weitzman had six saves.

Maryland will play host to No. 1 North Carolina Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on WMUCSports.com and Gametracker live stats will also be available.