Nov. 5, 2000
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Sophomore forward Carissa Messimer (Mountaintop, Pa.) netted a pair of first-half goals and three-time All-American Carla Tagliente (Cortland, N.Y.) banged in another in the second period as the third-seeded Maryland Terrapins (17-3, 2-2 ACC) overcame the No. 4 Virginia Cavaliers (14-7, 1-3 ACC) to claim their third-consecutive ACC Field Hockey Championship.
The Terps opened the first half on the attack, scoring at the 31:07 mark when Messimer punched in a rebound to put Maryland up, 1-0. Virginia goalie Becky Worthington (Fairview Village, Pa.) made two sprawling saves on shots by Terp junior midfielder Caroline Walter (Reilingen, Germany), but Messimer collected the ricochet on the right side of the cage and tipped it in.
The forward added her second goal of the game when she collected a loose ball off the stick of Maryland senior midfielder Rachel Hiskins (Victoria, Australia), and slid it in with 15:30 remaining in the first half. The Terps took a 2-0 lead and an 11-0 shot advantage into the halftime huddle.
The Cavaliers roared out after the break, as Virginia senior forward Lorraine Vizzuso (Fairfield, N.J.) notched their first shot of the contest. Moments later, the Wahoos got another chance to score when junior midfielder Jessica Coleman (Oceanport, N.J.) launched a penalty corner attempt, but her shot was saved by a diving Ashley Hohnstine (Oak Hill, Va.) and cleared by the Terrapin defense.
Maryland's Tagliente scored the Terps' third goal of the game at the 6:23 mark in a wild exchange in front of the Cavalier cage. On a penalty corner attempt by Maryland, junior back Autumn Welsh's (Macungie, Pa.) shot was batted down by Worthington. Terp junior Dina Rizzo (Walpole, MA) flicked it past the keeper but Virginia's Julia Richardson (Chevy Chase, Md.) was there for the defensive save. She attempted to clear the ball but it was tipped by a lunging Keli Smith (Selinsgrove, Pa.), and Tagliente stepped up and one-timed it home.
The Terps were on the attack for much of the game, firing 21 shots to Virginia's 4. Maryland's Welsh was later named the tournament MVP, making a significant individual contribution to an all around solid defensive effort.
With the victory, Maryland extended their postseason win streak to eight games, a streak that began at last year's ACC Tournament and continued through the Terps' run to the national championship a year ago. The win earned the Terrapins their fourth conference title, also taking the hardware in 1992, 1998 and 1999.
"The ACC is such a tough league and this is certainly a national championship of sorts, based on the caliber of play," stated Maryland head coach Missy Meharg. "I'm extremely proud of the Maryland players ...and Virginia is all heart."
Virginia (14-7, 1-3 ACC) 0 0 -- 0 Maryland (17-3, 2-2 ACC) 2 1 -- 3
GOALS: Virginia - none. Maryland - Carissa Messimer (un), 31:07 (1st), Messimer (un), 15:30 (1st), Carla Tagliente (un), 6:23 (2nd). SHOTS: Virginia 4, Maryland 21. PENALTY CORNERS: Virginia 2, Maryland 10. SAVES: Virginia - Becky Worthington (8 saves, 3 goals allowed, 70:00 minutes). Maryland - Ashley Hohnstine (2 saves, 0 goals allowed, 70:00 minutes). DEFENSIVE SAVES: Virginia 2, Maryland 0. CARDS: Virginia - Julia Richardson (Green), 17:02 (1st). ATTENDANCE: 992.
2000 ACC Field Hockey All-Tournament Team
Player Institution Robin Merritt Duke Jenny Everett Wake Forest Maria Whitehead Wake Forest Carrie Lingo North Carolina Susan Hayes North Carolina Julia Richardson Virginia Caroline Walter Maryland Lorraine Vizzuso Virginia Carla Tagliente Maryland Becky Worthington Virginia Most Valuable Player Autumn Welsh Maryland Rookie of the Year Jessica Fluck Duke