September 30, 1998
PRINCETON, N.J.-Fourth-ranked Princeton (6-0) got a goal from senior forward Molly O'Malley with 39 seconds remaining to defeat eighth-ranked Maryland (7-3) 1-0 tonight at the Class of 1952 Stadium.
The Tigers outshot the Terps 16-3, but the game appeared to be heading into overtime with a minute left to play. O'Malley, however, was able to score her sixth goal of the season off of a rebound to seal the victory.
"She (O'Malley) never gives up," said Princeton head coach Beth Bozman. "90 percent of the players in the country would not have gone after that rebound but she did. This is a great win for us because they (Maryland) are a good team and I don't think we've seen the last of them."
"Their goalie deflected the ball to where I was and I had a little time to get off a good shot," said O'Malley. "This was a great win for us at this point in the season and I'm really excited."
Maryland got a solid game from sophomore goalie Angela Platt (Coleraine, Northern Ireland), who made 10 saves against the Tigers.
"Our defense played super and Angela had a outstanding game," said Maryland head coach Missy Meharg. "I think our team needs to focus really hard on the process of the 69 minutes of outstanding hockey we played against a top team that has come from the final four. We just got a little lazy there in the end and they popped one in on us."
Up next for Maryland is a key ACC game at sixth ranked Virginia on Sunday at 1 p.m.
"We just have to keep fighting," said Maryland forward Keli Smith, "We know we can do it. A lot of the young players are really starting to come into their game. I thing it will be a good fight on Sunday too."
Maryland (7-3) 0 0 - 0 Princeton (6-0) 0 1 - 1
FIRST HALF SCORING: None
SECOND HALF SCORING: O'Malley (P) unassisted, 0:39 remaining.
SHOTS: Princeton 16, Maryland 3
SAVES: Platt (M) 10, DeJong (P) 3
PENALTY CORNERS: Princeton 10, Maryland 3
DEFENSIVE SAVES: Pratt (M) 1