Oct. 23, 2004
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The fourth-ranked Terrapin field hockey team fell to No. 2 North Carolina, 2-1, in overtime on Saturday afternoon at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex. Freshman Kathryn Masson made critical saves to keep the game tight, recording five overall.
The Tar Heels clinch the ACC regular season title and the top seed in the conference tournament. Maryland is currently alone in second place with just two games remaining in the league schedule. Seeding for the ACC Tournament will be determined next weekend after the ACC games are complete.
"The team put up their best fight against a really good team and I'm totally impressed with them," said Maryland head coach Missy Meharg of her squad. "It was a great game. [UNC] is the best team we've played all year."
With the ACC regular season title at stake, it was a tightly contested match as two of the top four teams squared off. The Tar Heels held only a 14-11 shot advantage in the contest.
Maryland (13-4, 2-2 ACC) claimed the game's first lead. Freshman Janneke van Leeuwen (Hilversum, Netherlands) drove into the circle and passed off to junior Tiffany Marsh (Marathon, N.Y.) who scored her 12th goal of the season at 23:37.
UNC (17-1, 4-0 ACC) had an opportunity to tie the score at the end of the period, earning a penalty corner as the clock wound down to zero. However, the Terp defense thwarted the opportunity and Maryland held on for the one-goal lead at the break.
The Heels took advantage of the seven penalty corners they earned, scoring early in the second half, tying the game at 1-1 at 40:10. Kerry Falgowski deflected Carey Fetting-Smith's penalty corner shot into the net for the equalizer.
Masson (Richmond, British Columbia) made four of her five saves in the second half. At one point, North Carolina fired off three-straight shot attempts but could not get past Masson who came up with two big stops while the third shot went wide to keep the score even.
Playing in its third overtime in four games, Maryland garnered a penalty corner halfway into the first extra period, but could not convert on the opportunity. With just over three minutes remaining, the Tar Heels were awarded their final penalty corner of the game and Laura Douglas took the shot and scored, ending the game and giving UNC the regular season crown.
The Terps close out the regular season slate on Friday night, Oct. 29 against James Madison at 7 p.m. at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex. Prior to the start of the match, Maryland will honor its seniors with a special presentation.
#2 North Carolina (17-1, 4-0 ACC) 0 1 1 -- 2 #4 Maryland (13-4, 2-2 ACC) 1 0 0 -- 1GOALS: UNC- Kerry Falgowski (Carey Fetting-Smith), 40:10; Laura Douglas (Rachel Dawson), pc, 81:56. MD- Tiffany Marsh (Janneke van Leeuwen), 23:37. SHOTS: UNC 14, MD 11. PENALTY CORNERS: UNC 7, MD 2. SAVES: UNC, Katy Tran 3 (1 GA, 81:56); MD- Kathryn Masson 5 (2 GA, 81:56). ATTENDANCE: 518.