Sept. 16, 2011
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The No. 3 Maryland field hockey team (6-1, 1-0 ACC) topped No. 8 Boston College, 4-3, as freshman Maxine Fluharty scored her second of two goals for the win in the 79th minute at the Newton Sports Complex.
Twice in the game, the Terrapins held a one-goal lead and the Eagles tied it up - first, just before halftime and then just before the end of regulation.
"Giving up the goal just before halftime could've have taken the wind out of our sails but the players were so coachable in second half," head coach Missy Meharg said. "The athletes played the best brand of give-and-go, two-touch passing hockey as they have all year. This was a big step for us."
With the Terrapins ahead 3-2 with 5:27 remaining in regulation, Boston College (5-2, 0-1 ACC) pulled its goalkeeper Nicole Barry to have an extra player on the field. The Eagles' Anna Weatherall scored to tie it up with just 91 seconds remaining to send the game to overtime.
In the seven vs. seven overtime period, the Eagles did not get a shot off on goalkeeper Natalie Hunter and the Terps' took six. Fluharty scored her second goal of the game and the gamewinner off of a pass from senior Jemma Buckley.
"To have freshman on the field during overtime really got us ready for later down the road," Meharg said. "BC is fantastic. They have a ton of speed and their counter attack is vicious."
Fluharty scored the first goal of the game in the 24th minute with her second career goal. She dribbled into the circle and sent in hard shot into the corner of the goal.
Boston College's Emma Plasteras tied the game at one apiece with a made penalty stroke in the 32nd minute. Weatherall gave BC a 2-1 lead in the final minute of the half off of a breakaway play.
Junior captain Megan Frazer didn't waste much time tying the game up coming out of the break. She added the Terps' second goal with her first of the season off of a rebounded shot on a penalty corner play.
The Terps outshot the Eagles 22-9. They did not give the Eagles a penalty corner, while Maryland had 11. Redshirt senior goalkeeper Melissa Vassalottinotched a save in the first 70 minutes.
Up next, Maryland will play at UMass Sunday at noon. The Terps and the Minutewomen last met in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament. Maryland won 4-2 en route to its seventh national title. Gametracker live stats will be available and the game will be shown live online for a fee.