Second-Seeded Tar Heels Top Terrapins, 4-1, In NCAA Semifinal

Nov. 17, 2000

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Despite a valiant effort by the Terrapin seniors, two second-half goals by North Carolina sealed a 4-1 victory over the Maryland field hockey squad in a NCAA semifinal match on a wind-swept Foreman Field. The Terps finish the season with a 19-4 record with the loss, which came in spite of a 14-7 Maryland shot advantage. North Carolina moves on the face the top-ranked host, Old Dominion, for the national championship on Sunday at 2 p.m.

"I thought North Carolina was very tenacious, very opportunistic," said Maryland head coach Missy Meharg. "I guess it just wasn't meant to be our day today."

The Terrapins took an early lead, cracking the scoreboard at the 24:56 mark in the first half. Sophomore Carissa Messimer (Mountaintop, Pa.) punched in a pass from junior All-American Caroline Walter (Reilingen, Germany) on a penalty corner opportunity, where All-American Rachel Hiskins (Victoria, Australia) delivered a push out to fellow senior Carla Tagliente (Cortland, N.Y.). The three-time All-American slid the pass to Walter, who found Messimer streaking on the right side of the cage.

North Carolina answered to make it 1-1 at 8:36. Sophomore Meredith Keller put an indirect corner into the cage off a pass from junior Carrie Lingo. Only moments later, a scramble in front of the Maryland goal resulted in the Tar Heels' second score of the game. Senior Kristen McCann got a stick on the ball and slipped it in at 3:08 to make the halftime count 2-1.

Both teams came out strong to begin the second period, but with 13:28 to play in the second half, Carolina's McCann struck again on an indirect corner. The pass came from senior Jana Toepel, who slid it into the circle after the stick stop. At 9:57 UNC extended its lead to 4-1 on a slapshot by Keller. The midfielder collected a loose ball near the top of the circle and collected her second score of the game.

The Terps tried passionately to capitalize on opportunities in the second half. At 24:10 Maryland nearly tied the contest on an indirect penalty corner shot by senior All-American Keli Smith (Selinsgrove, Pa.). She rifled a shot past UNC keeper Amy Tran, but the Heels' Abby Martin was there for the defensive save.

Tran made 9 saves for the Tar Heels, with six of them coming in the second half. For the Terps, junior goalie Ashley Hohnstine (Oak Hill, Va.) stopped two.

Maryland (19-4)	             1  0  --  1
North Carolina (20-3)        2  2  --  4

GOALS: Maryland - Carissa Messimer (Caroline Walter (IC)), 24:56 (1st). UNC - Meredith Keller (Carrie Lingo (IC)), 8:36 (1st), Kristen McCann (un), 3:08, McCann (Toepel (IC)), 13:28 (2nd), Keller (un), 9:57 (2nd). SHOTS: Maryland 14, UNC 7. PENALTY CORNERS: Maryland 9, UNC 3. SAVES: Maryland - Ashley Hohnstine (2 saves, 4 goals allowed, 70:00 minutes). UNC - Amy Tran (9 saves, 1 goal allowed, 70:00 minutes). DEFENSIVE SAVES: UNC - 1.