Oct. 18, 2006
WASHINGTON - No. 19 American University fell to No. 1 Maryland 5-1 today after the Terrapins got on the board early on their home turf in College Park, Md.
Down by two goals in the first fifteen minutes, American University battled back and shifted the momentum. After creating its first two opportunities of the half off of penalty corners, with shots forcing Maryland goalkeeper Kathryn Masson (Richmond, British Columbia/Hugh McRoberts) to make diving saves, AU was able to capitalize. Camila Infante (Santiago, Chile/Santiago College) challenged the Terrapin defense and after beating several players, found Heidi Hershberger (Davis, Calif./Davis) open in the circle. With quick stickwork, Hershberger slotted the ball away, cutting UM's lead in half.
Down by one to start the second stanza the No. 19 Eagles came out of the gates pumped up. With possession shifting between the teams, spurts of AU play looked promising.
Just over the 15 minutes mark, Maryland's Alexis Pappas scored her second goal of the game. AU goalkeeper Allison Fayfich (Wexford, Pa./North Allegheny) came up big on a diving save, yet Pappas was in the right spot at the right time for the rebound. One minute later the Terps extended their lead to three, allowing the No.1 seed to feel a sense of security for the first time all afternoon.
American's best chance to get back on the boards came with 18: 50 remaining in the game. Kaitlin DeTroia (North Caldwell, N.J. /W. Essex Regional) drove through the circle for a one-on-one with Masson. Masson went down straining and just made the save.
No. 1 Maryland held an 8-2 margin on penalty corners. Each keeper made seven saves in the contest. The No.19 Eagles fall to 10-5 on the year, while the Terrapins improve to 16-1.
American will travel to Lehigh University on Saturday looking to remain undefeated in Patriot League play. A day later, the Eagles battle Princeton before returning to Washington. Be sure to log on to AUEagles.com for box scores and recaps of the upcoming matches.