Oct. 26, 2002
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - In the past three regular-season meetings between the Maryland field hockey team and the North Carolina Tar Heels, the visiting team has won by a one-goal margin. Saturday's game continued that streak to four-straight as UNC (8-9, 3-1 ACC) fended off a Maryland comeback effort to hand the Terrapins a 3-2 loss before 517 in College Park. The Tar Heels outshot the Terps by a 9-4 margin, posted a 6-2 penalty corner advantage and left Maryland (13-3, 2-2 ACC) playing catch-up for most of the afternoon.
Much of the first half was played in both teams' defensive midfields as both squads attempted to sustain an offensive drive. The Tar Heels finally broke though in the 22nd minute, when sophomore Kelsey Keeran scored one of her two goals off a rebound. UNC senior Meredith Keller's initial shot as part of a cluster in front of the cage was saved by Terp netminder Kerry Hearsey (Leicester, England), but Keeran collected the ball in the melee to finish off the flurry. Maryland raced to tie the game before the first half expired, with rookie forward Jackie Ciconte (Wilmington, Del.) putting the Terps on the scoreboard with a deflection goal from the left side. Senior Kateri Simon (Fallston, Md.) registered one of her two assists by rifling the ball to Ciconte on the doorstep, who was there for the score with less than five minutes to play.
The Tar Heels continued to set the pace with two unanswered goals in the second period. Stephanie Fuller found the goal cage with an indirect corner deflection from Laura Douglas in the 47th minute, and Carolina increased its lead to 3-1 with Keeran's second goal less than four minutes later. Keller was credited with an assist on the play.
With time as the Terps' enemy, Maryland attempted to get the ball upfield for the next 25 minutes. With just under 13 minutes to play, the Terps were granted only their second penalty corner opportunity of the day. Senior Izzy Palmer (Malvern, England) made good on the attempt with a rocket that beat UNC keeper Amy Tran on the left side, after a pushout by junior Katrin Rummer (Karlsruhe, Germany) and a stickstop by Simon. From there, UNC kept the ball in the Terps's backfield long enough to make it a 3-2 final.
The Terrapins have dropped two games in a row for the first time since October, 1998. Maryland has a chance to get back on the winning track on Sunday at 2 p.m. when No. 8 James Madison visits the Artificial Turf Facility.
No. 9 North Carolina (9-8, 3-1 ACC) 1 2 -- 3 No. 3 Maryland (13-3, 2-2 ACC) 1 1 -- 2
GOALS: North Carolina - Kelsey Keeran (un), 21:58 (1st); Stephanie Fuller (Laura Douglas (IC)), 46:20 (2nd); Keeran (Meredith Keller), 49:51 (2nd). Maryland - Jackie Ciconte (Kateri Simon), 30:49 (1st); Izzy Palmer (Simon, Katrin Rummer (DC)), 57:31 (2nd). SHOTS: North Carolina 9, Maryland 4. PENALTY CORNERS: North Carolina 6, Maryland 2. CARDS: North Carolina - Karen Mann (Green), 32:48 (1st). Maryland - Emily Boyer (Green), 32:48 (1st); Lauren Powley (Green), 56:52 (2nd); Palmer (Green), 61:16 (2nd). SAVES: North Carolina - Amy Tran (1 save, 2 goals allowed, 70:00 minutes). Maryland - Kerry Hearsey (3 saves, 3 goals allowed, 70:00 minutes). ATTENDANCE: 517.