Oct. 14, 2012
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - UC Davis held defending national champion Maryland to a pair of goals in the first half but the No. 6 Terrapins scored five times in the second to beat the visiting Aggies 7-0 in a nonconference women's field hockey game on Sunday afternoon.
UC Davis fell to 6-9 with the loss while Maryland, coming off a win over No. 8 Old Dominion on Friday night, improved to 11-3 with its third straight victory. Sarah Sprink led the Terrapins with two goals while five other players scored one each.
The game provided the Aggies, in just their fourth season since restarting their varsity program, to measure themselves against one of the elite collegiate teams. UC Davis head coach Vianney Campos was not only pleased with that aspect but with how her team responded to the challenge.
"Today's matchup against the defending national champs was such a valuable opportunity for our young program, " she said. "I felt the team did a great job of executing the gameplan and making Maryland have to earn every opportunity they got.
"Our first half of play was incredible; we had Maryland on their toes and we created some offensive opportunities that we just couldn't capitalize on," she added. "All in all, I am proud of the players and their determination as they competed against the nation's best."
Jill Witmer and Sprink each scored in the first half for the Terrapins with Witmer scoring in the 12th minute and Sprink picking up a goal from five yards out in the 25th. But UC Davis would hold the Terps scoreless the rest of the half.
Three goals over a three-minute span midway through the second half opened the game up for Maryland. Sprink scored off a penalty corner in the 53rd minute, Katie Gerzabek had an unassisted goal less than a minute later and Alyssa Parker finished the surge with a deflection that found the back of the cage.
Ali McEvoy's score from a penalty corner in the 62nd minute was followed by Lindsey Puckett's unassisted goal in the 67th, rounding out Maryland's scoring.
UC Davis was only outshot 9-4 in the first half but was held to just one shot in the second. Conley Craven had seven saves for the Aggies. Casey Wollbrinck, Cloey LemMon, Marissa Hughes and Emily Mecke each had shots on goal for the Aggies.
"Hats off to Maryland who not only was a very skilled team but also had great sportsmanship and showed a tremendous amount of class throughout the game," said Campos. "Our team's play is coming together and we are looking forward to hosting Stanford at home."
The Aggies return to action on Saturday, hosting the Cardinal in a NorPac Conference game at 6 p.m. at Aggie Stadium.