Nov. 11, 2012
STORRS, Conn. - Senior Megan Frazer scored with 2:10 left to send No. 6 Maryland to its fifth straight Final Four with a 2-1 win at No. 4 Connecticut Sunday. Maryland (18-5) earned a spot in its 15th Final Four under head coach Missy Meharg.
"UConn is a tremendously well-coached team and they're highly technical in terms of their individual players," head coach Missy Meharg said. "I thought we sat back in first half and tried to figure out what they were going to be like. The quality of the match picked up in the second half and it was an advantage for us. Megan Frazer is just a winner. She's done it since her freshman year. I'm just so proud of the Maryland women for finding a way to win and get back to the Final Four."
UConn's Chloe Hunnable put the Huskies (19-3) on the board first when she knocked one in off a penalty corner 10 minutes into the game.
With just under 12 minutes left in the first, junior Jill Witmer brought it into the circle and got the offense moving quickly. From the baseline on the right, she sent in a pass and freshman Alyssa Parker was able to pop in the tying goal over UConn keeper Sarah Mansfield's head.
The game stayed tied through halftime and most of the second half as both teams had opportunities to break the tie.
With 2:24 remaining in the game, Connecticut's Alicia Angelini was given a yellow card for a hard defensive play on Katie Gerzabek. With the Terrapins a player up, Megan Frazer took it all the way down the field and cracked a hard backhanded shot from the left elbow of the circle to put Maryland up 2-1 with 2:10 to play.
Connecticut called a timeout immediately after Frazer's goal and pulled Mansfield out for an extra field player, but never got a shot off in the final two minutes.
Natalie Hunter recorded three saves in goal.
Maryland will take on No. 2 Princeton Friday at 4:30 p.m. at Old Dominion's Powhatan Sports Complex. The game will be streamed live on the NCAA.com.
Maryland is 53-16 all-time in NCAA Tournament play for more tournament wins than any other school. They have advanced to 16 Final Fours overall and 15 under Meharg.
The Terps have won five of the last seven NCAA titles (2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011) and have appeared in four straight NCAA title games.
The Terrapins entered the 2011 NCAA Tournament unseeded and welcomed third-seeded Syracuse, Iowa and Richmond to College Park for the First and Second Rounds. They would beat seeds 3, 2, 1 (Syracuse, Old Dominion, North Carolina) en route to their seventh national title under Meharg and eight overall.
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