Oct. 23, 2010
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The second-ranked Maryland field hockey team topped No. 1 North Carolina 3-2 in front of a crowd of over 1600 Saturday afternoon. Junior Jemma Buckley scored the game-winner off a penalty corner with 2:27 remaining and senior Katie O'Donnell scored twice.
With the win, the Terps (16-1, 5-0 ACC) clinched the top seed in the ACC Tournament Nov. 4-7 in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Terrapins have won their last 10 straight ACC regular season games, dating back to 2009. Coming into Saturday's game, the Tar Heels (16-1, 4-1 ACC) were the nation's only undefeated team.
The Terrapins took an early 2-0 lead off of O'Donnell's two goals. She scored first just over six minutes into the game with a backdoor shot off of a pass from freshman Ali McEvoy in a penalty corner setup.
Six minutes later, O'Donnell scored again off of a rebounded shot by Buckley. Tar Heels goalkeeper Jackie Kintzer came out from the cage to stop Buckley's shot. O'Donnell took a shot off the rebound to give the Terrapins a 2-0 lead, which they carried into the break.
North Carolina's Marta Malmberg put the Tar Heels on the board just two minutes into the second half off of a corner setup from Katie Ardrey and Teryn Brill.
With 15 minutes remaining, UNC's Taryn Gjurich tied the game at two as she tipped in a shot in front of the goal.
With just about three minutes left in the game, O'Donnell drew a penalty corner. Buckley scored the game-winner with a hard shot as O'Donnell inserted on the play and sophomore Harriet Tibble stopped the ball. The Tar Heels pulled Kintzer from the goal after the score in order to have another field player.
The Terrapins held the penalty corner advantage 11-3, giving the Tar Heels just one in the first half. Maryland also outshot North Carolina, 14-6.
Redshirt junior Melissa Vassalotti had three saves in the day, as did Kintzer.
The Terrapins will honor their three seniors, Alicia Morawski, Amanda Himmelheber and O'Donnell, before next Saturday's game against No. 10 Louisville. The Terps and the Cardinals will take the field at noon in College Park.The game will be broadcast live on WMUCSports.com and Gametracker live stats will also be available.