Sophomore Dina Rizzo and junior Rachel Hiskins each scored two goals, and the top-ranked Maryland field hockey team set a school record for goals in an NCAA tournament game with a 6-0 first-round victory over Lafayette yesterday at AstroTurf Field in College Park.
Maryland (21-1) will face seventh-ranked Old Dominion (17-6) at 2 p.m. today at AstroTurf Field, with the winner moving on to the final four this weekend in Boston.
Old Dominion advanced yesterday by defeating No. 10 Virginia, 3-0, also in College Park. The Monarchs and the Terrapins have split two games, with Old Dominion knocking Maryland out of the No. 1 ranking in September with a 5-3 victory in Norfolk, and the Terrapins winning, 2-0, last month in College Park.
Yesterday, Maryland controlled Lafayette (19-2) from the outset, allowing no shots on goal in the first half and only two in the second. Lafayette entered the game averaging 24 shots on goal per game, but this was the Leopards' first NCAA tournament game, and only the second time this season they had faced a ranked opponent. They lost to No. 16 Syracuse in triple overtime, 3-2.
The Terrapins, meanwhile, had 27 shots on Leopards goalkeeper Amy Cohen.
"We played ruthless defense because we just want the ball," Maryland Coach Missy Meharg said. "We've got this philosophy that we want to play attacking hockey. You can't play it without the ball, so you have to find a way to get it."
When the Terrapins got the ball, they converted. Hiskins scored the first goal when she took a pass on the left side of the goal from Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year Caroline Walter and sent a shot past Cohen's outstretched arms with 28 minutes 56 seconds remaining in the first half.
Rizzo scored the first of her two goals 8:22 before halftime, when she took a pass from junior Carla Tagliente. Lafayette defender Lesley Brohawn tried to make a diving save, but the ball crossed the goal line to give Maryland a 2-0 lead.
Old Dominion scored two goals in the first 11:25 against Virginia (13-8), and three-time Colonial Athletic Association player of the year Marina DiGiacomo added her second goal after halftime to lead the Monarchs.
Old Dominion freshman goalkeeper Mary Beth Freeman stopped five shots for the shutout.
CROSS-COUNTRY: The Georgetown men's and women's cross-country teams swept the NCAA Mid-Atlantic regional championships in Bethlehem, Pa., to qualify for the NCAA championships.
The ninth-ranked men's team tallied 43 points to outdistance second-place Villanova (67). Junior Corey Smith finished fourth in 30:40.52 seconds, graduate student Justin McCarthy (Robinson High) was fifth in 30:43.34 and junior David Rodriguez finished sith in 30:44.00.
The No. 6 women's team won with 44 points. Junior Kristen Gordon was third in 17:05.72. Graduate student Kathleen Linck was sixth in 17:19.89 and junior Emily Enstice (Georgetown Visitation) was seventh in 17:23.96.
The Navy men's team finished fourth with 152 points, while the women's team was seventh with 203.
SOCCER: The Prince George's Community College men's soccer team allowed two free-kick goals in the final six minutes and fell, 3-2, to Holyoke (Mass.) in a National Junior College Athletic Association Division III semifinal match in Garden City, N.J.
Prince George's will play Macomb College of Michigan in today's third-place game. Macomb lost to Herkimer, 4-1, in yesterday's other semifinal.
"I think some nerves showed in some of my guys," PGCC Coach Richard Todaro said. "We were clearly the better team, but they were clearly the winner."
Machel Milwood scored both goals for PGCC, giving him 39 for the season. The second strike came in the 85th minute after Milwood turned with Fabian Wallas's pass and tucked the ball in from 20 yards.
BASKETBALL: The American women's basketball team lost, 83-75, to the Latvian national team in an exhibition game at Bender Arena. Fourteen players got playing time for the Eagles, who were led by guard Kate Miller's 20 points. Latisha Irwin and Jine Lewis each chipped in 10 points. American had difficulty from behind the three-point line (2 for 8) and from the foul line (13 for 23).