Nov. 5, 2004
The Maryland field hockey team, the ACC Championship's No. 2 seed and the fourth-ranked team in the country, advanced to the final game of the ACC Championships with a 3-2 victory over No. 3 seed Duke. Anja Boettcher tallied the game-winning goal with 26:47 remaining in the game, and the Terp defense held on for the 3-2 win. The team will next take on the winner of tonight's North Carolina/Wake Forest matchup in Sunday's championship game (1:00 p.m., RSN).
Janneke van Leeuwen got the Maryland attack going early in the first half, as she moved from her pusher position on a penalty corner to knock home a loose ball in front of the Duke cage. The score, van Leeuwen's seventh of the season, came in the game's fifth minute and put Maryland up by a 1-0 mark.
Duke responded 31 seconds later, knotting the game up at 1-1. The Blue Devils' Katie Grant converted a one-on-one opportunity with Terp netminder Kathryn Masson at the 4:50 mark to tie the game.
Less than a minute later, Boettcher gave Maryland a 2-1 lead with her first goal of the day and eighth of the season. The senior back took a Tiffany Marsh crossing pass and fired a shot into the upper left corner of the net for the score. For Marsh, it was her eighth assist of the season.
After a combined three goals were scored in the game's opening six minutes, both defenses took over to prevent any further scoring over the final 29 minutes of first-half play. The Terps held a 12-7 advantage in shots and an 8-7 advantage in penalty corners at the half, while Kathryn Masson turned away four Duke shots.
Duke got on the board early in the second half to tie the game at 2-2, as Nicole Dudek knocked a loose ball past a sprawling Kathryn Masson and into the Maryland cage. The goal came at the 38:18 mark and drew the two teams to even once again, but the Terps answered moments later to take a one-goal lead.
Boettcher took a deflected ball in front of the Duke net, went reverse stick side and buried a shot into the lower left corner of the goal for a 3-2 Terp advantage.
The Maryland defense came up big late in the second half, as the backline turned away several Duke scoring opportunities and Kathryn Masson made both her second-half saves in the last 15 minutes of play.
It was the second time that Maryland has beaten Duke, the third-ranked team in the country, this season, as it moves on to Sunday's championship game versus the North Carolina/Wake Forest winner. The team will look to avenge regular season losses to both teams and take home the sixth ACC Tournament title in school history.