No. 2 Terps Down No. 5 Tar Heels, 1-0, In Overtime Thriller

Oct. 20, 2001

After controlling the match for over 76 minutes and still seeking a decisive score, the No. 2 Maryland field hockey squad (12-3, 3-1 ACC) finally found what it was looking for. Six short days after falling to non-conference rival Old Dominion 1-0 in overtime at home, the Terrapins stepped up with a goal six minutes, twenty-six seconds in the first overtime period to down ACC rival and No. 5 North Carolina, 1-0.

Two-time All-American Rachel Hiskins (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) found two-time Mid-Atlantic All-Region selection Carissa Messimer (Mountaintop, Pa.) along the endline for the game-winner with 7:34 to play in the first overtime session. After a Terrapin penalty corner was stopped by Carolina keeper Amy Tran, two-time All-American Autumn Welsh (Macungie, Pa.) collected the loose ball and dumped it to Hiskins, who slid it to Messimer for the tally.

The win puts Maryland atop the ACC standings, but with several conference games still to be played. It was the sixth time in the last eight meetings that the Terrapins and Tar Heels have gone to overtime. It was also only the second time in Missy Meharg's coaching tenure that the Terrapins captured victory in Chapel Hill.

Maryland kept the ball on the North Carolina end for much of the opening period, garnering a 7-2 shot advantage. Maryland's best chance to score came when freshman forward Colleen Barbieri (Centereach, N.Y.) received the ball on a fast break, and rifled it just wide of the cage and a sprawling Tran.

The Terrapins outshot the Tar Heels 12-4 in the second half. Tran stopped a Caroline Walter (Reilingen, Germany) shot as part of a seven save second-half effort. Meanwhile, a UNC corner was denied by a Dina Rizzo (Walpole, Mass.) defensive save and Welsh and Ashley Hohnstine (Oak Hill, Pa.) broke up a fast break opportunity by Stephanie Fuller.

Hohnstine made four saves in the Terps' brilliant defensive performance. Tran was spectacular with 11 stops. Maryland's shot advantage totaled 21-6 for the game.

Maryland plays three matches this week. The Terrapins host Meharg's alma mater, Delaware, at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday in College Park. They then travel to James Madison Friday for a 6 p.m. match and return to the Artificial Turf Facility to face Drexel on Sunday's "Senior Day."

		                      1st   2nd   OT  	Final
No. 2 Maryland (12-3, 3-1 ACC)		0     0	   1  --  1
No. 5 North Carolina (11-4, 2-2 ACC)	0     0	   0  --  0

GOALS: Maryland - Carissa Messimer (Rachel Hiskins), 7:34 (1OT). North Carolina - None. SHOTS: Maryland 21, North Carolina 6. PENALTY CORNERS: Maryland 11, North Carolina 3. DEFENSIVE SAVES: Maryland - Dina Rizzo (1), Autumn Welsh (1), North Carolina - none. SAVES: Maryland - Ashley Hohnstine (4 saves, 0 goals allowed, 76:26 minutes), North Carolina - Amy Tran (11 saves, 1 goal allowed, 76:26 minutes). ATTENDANCE: 247.

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