Maryland Advances To ACC Field Hockey Title Game With 2-0 Victory

Nov. 5, 1999

Winston-Salem, N.C. - Sophomore Caroline Walter (Reilingen, Germany) and junior Carla Tagliente (Cortland, N.Y.) scored second-half goals to lead No. 1 Maryland to a 2-0 victory over No. 10 Virginia in the semifinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference field hockey tournament at Kentner Stadium here Friday night. The Terps will play Wake Forest for the ACC championship here Sunday at 3:30 p.m. The Demon Deacons, ranked No. 5, defeated No. 6 North Carolina in today's first semifinal game.

Maryland improves to 19-1 on the season and has now won a school-record 17 consecutive games. The Terps have not lost since Sept. 6. Virginia falls to 12-7. Maryland is ranked No. 1 and Virginia No. 10 in the most recent poll by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association. Maryland, the defending ACC champion, is looking to win league championships in consecutive years for the first time in school history.

"One of the challenging things was to maintain a good mentality throughout the game," said Maryland head coach Missy Meharg. "I was proud of the way we play the last 20 minutes of the game. We are excited to play Wake Forest on Sunday because the have really improved a great deal from when we faced earlier this season."

Walter scored the game-winner with at the 7:24 mark of the second half. It was her career-high 23rd goal of the season. The goal was unassisted. Tagliente then scored an insurance goal with 18:54 remaining in regulation time. Walter was credited with an assist on the play.

Sophomore Ashley Hohnstine (Oak Hill, Va.) was not tested and made 0 saves in her first career ACC tournament start. Hohnstine has now record three solo shutouts this season and has a record of 14-0 in 14 career starts.

Virginia  0 0 - 0 (record now 12-7)
Maryland  0 2 - 2 (record now 19-1)
GOALS - Virginia - None. Maryland - Caroline Walter (unassisted), 42:36, Carla Tagliente (assist Caroline Walter), 51:35. SHOTS: Virginia, 0, Maryland, 13. PENALTY CORNERS: Virginia, 3, Maryland, 13. SAVES: Virginia - Becky Worthington (6 saves, 2 goals allowed, 70 minutes played). Maryland - Ashley Hohnstine (0 Saves, 0 goals allowed, 70 minutes played).