Oct. 4, 2008
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Emma Thomas scored her first career goal with a little over four minutes left in the first overtime period to give No. 1 Maryland field hockey a come-from-behind 4-3 victory over No. 10 Virginia on Saturday in Charlottesville, Va. The win extends the Terrapins winning streak over the Cavaliers to 10 games.
"The staff is extremely proud of this team for finding a way to compete at the highest level and coming back from being down two times," said Maryland head coach Missy Meharg. "The opportunity to pull our goalkeeper and use Amanda [Himmelheber] and get the goal back [after trailing late in the game] is a credit to this team for paying attention to the game plan."
With Maryland (10-1, 3-0 ACC) trailing late into the second half junior Nicole Muracco (Sewell, NJ/Washington Township) tipped home an Emma Thomas' (High Wycombe, England/Wycombe) shot off the penalty corner to knot the score at 3-3 with 4:15 remaining. The goal was her 10th of the year, third most on the team.
After trailing at half for just the third time this year, the Terps tied the game at 2-2 when sophomore Katie O'Donnell (Blue Bell, Pa./Wissahickon) tallied her 13th goal of the year at the 53:52 mark. Virginia (10-3, 1-1 ACC) answered back nine minutes later as Paige Selenksi scored her second goal of the game on a high shot into the back of the net at 61:53
In the first half, Maryland scored first, taking advantage of its first penalty corner of the game. It was perfectly executed, with O'Donnell inserting the ball into play, junior Alexis Pappas (Mount Joy, Pa./Donegal) making the stop for senior Susie Rowe (London, England/Colfe's School), who banged into the back of the cage, giving the Terps a 1-0 lead at 8:10. It did not take long for Virginia to respond, however, drawing a penalty corner of its own then knocking in the tying goal at 8:29. UVA's Floor Vogels scored on assists from Lucy Meyers and Inge Kaars Sijpestei. The Cavs took a 2-1 lead into the break after Selenski scored her first goal of the game at 21:33.
UVA outshot the Terps, 15-10, but the teams were even on penalty corners, earning five apiece. Junior Alicia Grater (Gilberstville, Va./Boyerstown Area) had five saves in 80 minutes of playing time. The Terrapins played without a goalie, while sophomore Amanda Himmelheber (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) held up the back while Maryland scored its third goal of the game.
The Terrapins are back in action for another crucial matchup, hosting Duke on Saturday, Oct. 11 at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex. They then host Penn on Sunday, Oct. 12.
#1 Maryland (10-1, 3-0) 1 2 1 - 3 #10 Virginia (10-3, 1-1) 2 1 0 - 2
GOALS: MD, Susie Rowe (Alexia Pappas, Katie O'Donnell), pc, 8:10; Nicole Muracco (Emma Thomas), pc, 65:45; Emma Thomas (un), 80:12. VA, Floor Vogels (Lucy Meyers, Lauren Elstein), pc, 8:29; Paige Selenski (Inge Kaars Sijpestei), 21:33; Paige Selenski (un), 61:53. SHOTS: MD 10, VA 15. PENALTY CORNERS: MD 5, MD 5. SAVES: MD, Alicia Grater 5 (3 GA, 76:10) Team 0 (0 GA, 4:02); VA, Amy Desjadon 0 (4 GA, 80:12), Melissa Vassalotti 0 (0 GA 20:14). ATTENDANCE: 286.