No. 11 Virginia Edges Top-Ranked Terps, 3-2, In Penalty Strokes

Sept. 30, 2001

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland field hockey team (8-2, 1-1 ACC) overcame a sluggish start to come back against ACC rival Virginia, but the effort fell just short as the No. 11 Cavaliers nipped the top-ranked Terrapins, 3-2, after two overtimes and a round of penalty strokes. Down 2-0 at halftime, the No. 1 Terps rallied to knot the contest and send it into extra sessions, but could not capitalize on several opportunities to put Virginia away.

The Cavaliers (6-2, 1-0 ACC) netted 3-of-5 strokes to edge the Terps, who made 2-of-5 and came away with the first loss in strokes in the 27-year history of the program.

After Jessica Coleman put the Cavs on the scoreboard at 9:49, Katie Slocum increased the Virginia lead to 2-0 less than three minutes later. The Terrapins saw several near misses and Virginia keeper Emily White thwarted a penalty stroke attempt before the halftime whistle.

Maryland picked it up in the second half, however, increasing the offensive pressure. Two-time All-American Rachel Hiskins (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) banged in a penalty stroke at 18:46 to cut the lead to one, and a Sara Silvetti (Wapwallopen, Pa.) pass found rookie Lucy Morris (Ascot Vale, Victoria, Australia) who tied the game with just over two minutes remaining.

After two Terrapin-dominated seven-aside overtime periods, the match went to strokes. Virginia's Katie Jo Gerfen, Carrie Goodloe and Emily Beach were successful to hand the Terrapins the upset. The match, which had been extremely hard fought through the extra sessions, ended when Beach's shot squibbed just under a sprawling Ashley Hohnstine (Oak Hill, Va.).

"I think we stepped on the field having to work our way into playing a good brand of hockey, and the team knows that," said head coach Missy Meharg after the game. "I think we will respond positively. It is a great opportunity for Maryland to learn about fortitude, coming back and putting ourselves in a position to achieve the outcome we would like."

Maryland travels to Duke on Saturday, Oct. 6, for its next match at noon. The following day the Terps play at home, hosting Rutgers at 2 p.m.

	                           1st  2nd  1OT  2OT   PS      Final
No. 1 Maryland (8-2, 1-1 ACC)       0    2    0    0   2/5   --  2
No. 11 Virginia (6-2, 1-0 ACC)      2    0    0    0   3/5   --  3

GOALS: Maryland - Rachel Hiskins (un (PS)), 18:46 (2nd), Lucy Morris (Sara Silvetti), 2:17 (2nd). Virginia - Jessica Coleman (Carrie Goodloe), 9:49 (1st), Katie Slocum (un), 6:53 (1st). SHOTS: Maryland 24, Virginia 10. PENALTY CORNERS: Maryland 12, Virginia 4. PENALTY STROKES: Maryland - 1/2. Virginia - None. SAVES: Maryland - Ashley Hohnstine (4 saves, 2 goals allowed, 96:46 minutes), Kerry Hearsey (0 saves, 0 goal allowed, 3:14 minutes), Virginia - Emily White (10 saves, 2 goals allowed, 100:00 minutes). ATTENDANCE: 452.

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