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A Study in Scarlet: #2 Terps blank the Buckeyes 6-0

#2 Maryland dominated the Scarlet and Grey on Friday afternoon to extend their Big Ten conference win streak to 3 and move to 8-2 on the season.

Todd Carton

Elementary my dear Watson! Well, the Terps (8-2, 3-1) certainly made it look easy on Friday afternoon, shutting out the Buckeyes 6-0. Anna Dessoye started the scoring off a rebound with 9:05 left to go in the first half. Senior captain Katie Gerzabek completely laid out and put away a great pass from Moira Putsch for a highlight worthy goal with 6:20 left to go in the half to stretch the lead to two. When asked about the goal Gerzabek said, "All I thought was, this had better go in the cage."

Moira Putsch tipped in a high shot from Gerzabek with 2:52 left in the half to make it 3-0. Maryland smelled blood in the water and earned a penalty corner shortly after. With 1:25 left in first half, Lein Holsboer scored off of a rebound to make it 4-0 going into the half.

The only thing that was going to stop what looked like an inevitable rout was if something kept Maryland from taking the field for the second half. Katie Gerzabek scored an unassisted goal courtesy of some nifty stick skills less than two minutes into the second half for her second goal of the game. Maryland then pushed the lead to six when Emma Rissinger scored on a feed from Gerzabek with 18:28 left in the game.

Maryland pulled many of their starters after the TV timeout. Maryland put Buckeye freshman goalie Liz Tamburro in a shooting gallery all game long. Tamburro played a good game in goal and made some great saves but the Terps took 23 shots and even her 15 saves weren't enough. "It's fun to score goals," said head coach Missy Meharg after the game.

Meharg brought on Jill Genovese to finish for Cabrera for the second straight game. Genovese will likely be the Terps' goalie next season and after giving up two goals to Michigan State last weekend Genovese had two saves and preserved the shutout.