No. 1 Maryland Knocks Off No. 10 Maryland
Oct. 30, 2010
Courtesy of Maryland
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The top-ranked Maryland field hockey team (17-1, 5-0 ACC) beat No. 10 Louisville (13-6, 5-1 Big East) 8-0 Saturday at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex. The Terps honored their three seniors, Amanda Himmelheber, Katie O'Donnell and Alicia Morawski, prior to the game.
The Terrapin defense held the Cardinals to just eight total shots and two shots on goal in the game, both shots on goal coming in the game's final minute. Maryland took 20 shots on the day.
"We played very strong and we finished well," head coach Missy Meharg said. "I'm very proud of Alicia Morawski, Amanda Himmelheber and Katie O'Donnell. They're great leaders and it was a very fitting Senior Day for them. It was a great Maryland Day as well."
Junior Meghan Dean scored her first and second goals of the year in the second half, while freshman Ali McEvoy and O'Donnell each scored twice as well. Junior Jemma Buckley and freshman Jill Witmer added single goals.
Buckley put the Terps on the board off of a penalty corner just 3:30 into the game. McEvoy followed off of another corner 15 minutes later. Witmer and O'Donnell scored in the 30th and 33rd minutes, while McEvoy scored her second off of a corner setup in the final minute of the half.
Dean notched her first in the 59th minute and her second six minutes later. The first was a hard shot from the top of the circle and the second was off of a rebound. O'Donnell finalized the score at 8-0 with eight minutes remaining as she dribbled in for the shot.
O'Donnell also added three assists, giving her 101 career assists. She is only the third player in NCAA history to break the 100-assist mark. Jill Reeve (Old Dominion '88-'92) and Winnifred Sanders (Old Dominion '87-'90) are the only two players to break 100 assists. They have 139 and 129, respectively.
Redshirt junior goalkeeper Melissa Vassalotti earned the start for the Terps. Freshman goalkeeper Natalie Hunter saw action with 20 minutes left in the game. Hunter had two saves. Louisville goalkeeper Erin Conrad had four saves.
Maryland held the penalty corner advantage 11-5 and did not allow Louisville a corner until the second half.
The Terrapins clinched the top seed in next weekend's ACC Tournament last week with a 3-2 win over North Carolina. Maryland earned a bye in the tournament's first round on Thursday and will play Friday. The Terps will find out their possible opponents and game time Sunday.