Published On: Sun, Aug 19th, 2012

Team USA U-21 defeats the Terps in exhibition play

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By David A. Willauer
Special to The Capital Sports Report

In an exhibition field hockey contest, the Lady Terrapins of the University of Maryland fell to the US Under-21 team by a 4-3 score. The Terps led 2-1 at the break but couldn’t hold for the win.

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Current Lady Terrapins that are currently on the US Under 21 team are former Sussex Tech High School product Maxine Fluharty, along with teammates Katie Gerzabek, Ali McEvoy and Jill Witmer.

“(Yesterday) was very good for us,” head coach Missy Meharg said. “We’re working on a new system of play. We did pretty well with it at times, but it needs to become more consistent.”

Katie Gerzabek gave the US a 1-0 lead in the 18th minute off the rebound shot that was saved by Terps goalkeeper Natalie Hunter. The Terps came back to tie the game at 1-1 as Hayley Turner scored on a reverse shot.

Senior Danielle Kauffman scored the second goal of the game as she knocked in a high shot behind USA’s goalkeeper Lauren Blazing off a pass from Jill Witmer to give Maryland a 2-1 lead with eight minutes left in the first half.

The US under 21 squad scored 3 unanswered goals, before junior Ali McEvoy gave the Terps their third score with a penalty stroke in the 67th minute to make the final score 4-3 in favor of Team USA.

The Terps were picked to win the 2012 ACC Field Hockey Regular season crown and will head out to the West Coast to open the season at California on Friday, August 24 at 8:00 pm and on Sunday will be at Stanford University at 4:00 pm

In its home opener, Maryland will take on Old Dominion at 7 p.m. on Aug. 31 in a rematch of 2011 Final Four matchup. The Terrapins blanked the Monarchs 4-0 last November en route to their eighth national title.

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- Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher for The Capital Sports Report. He has covered local and national events, including numerous Heisman Trophy ceremonies, two Little League World Series, and the Army-Navy college football game.