Sept. 4, 2006
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - As has been the case in the series between Maryland and Old Dominion field hockey, another match came down to the wire. The reigning NCAA Champion Terrapins upended the fourth-ranked Lady Monarchs, 1-0, at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex on Monday afternoon. It is the seventh time in the last 10 meetings the game has been decided by a goal.
"This game is always one of the most competitive games of the season," said five-time national coach of the year Missy Meharg. "ODU is well-coached and it is always a good test and a marker of where we are in our development. Whenever we can come out with a `W' against Old Dominion, it's a good game."
"I thought it was a hard fought and very competitive game," said Old Dominion head coach Beth Anders. "You want to play against this competition. They are the best. They have a very talented team with very good players who have good skills."
Both teams came into the game undefeated, but ODU (3-1) was looking to settle the score for an NCAA semifinal tournament loss to the Terps last season. The Terps (4-0), on the other hand, were playing in front of the home crowd for the first time this season. Maryland dominated the time of possession in the opening half, attempting eight shots, but ODU goalkeeper Kelly Driscoll's six saves in the period kept the game scoreless.
The second half was just the opposite as the Lady Monarchs seemed to come out of the break more energized and with upset on their minds. The scoring opportunities for both teams, however, were scarce. ODU outshot Maryland, 4-3, in the period, but it was Maryland who broke through for the deciding goal.
On the counterattack, senior Paula Infante (Santiago, Chile) made a long pass from the 25 yard line into the circle where freshman Nicole Muracco (Sewell, N.J.) was waiting at the top of the circle. Muracco drew out ODU's Driscoll from the cage and Muracco dished off to redshirt sophomore Kim Ziegler (Kingsville, Md.), who was standing uncontested in front of the open net and tapped the ball in for the goal with just over eight minutes remaining in the game.
Down by just one tally, ODU pushed forward and drew a penalty corner in the 65th minute, the only one of the half. However, the shot by Caroline Nichols was saved by Terrapin junior goaltender Kathryn Masson (Richmond, British Columbia) as Maryland would hold on to the 1-0 victory.
Masson finished the game with three saves and posted her second shutout of the season and the team's third.
The Terps remain at home for five more games, beginning with the Terrapin Invitational on Sept. 9 and 10. Games on Sept. 9 begin at 11 a.m. with the Terps taking on Temple. Local rival American plays Northwestern at 1 p.m.
#4 Old Dominion (3-1) 0 0 - 0 #1 Maryland (4-0) 0 1 - 1GOALS: ODU, None. MD, Kim Ziegler (Nicole Muracco), 61:56. SHOTS: ODU 6, MD 11. PENALTY CORNERS: ODU 1, MD 5. SAVES: ODU, Kelly Driscoll 6 (1 GA, 70:00); MD, Kathryn Masson 3 (0 GA, 70:00). ATTENDANCE: 513.