Oct. 23, 2005
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Third-ranked Maryland field hockey battled the top-ranked defense and top-ranked goalkeeper in the nation but still got past No. 4 North Carolina, 2-1, on Sunday afternoon at the Francis E. Henry Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C., in both teams' ACC finale. The Terps, who boast the fifth-ranked defense in the country, clinch at least second-place in the ACC standings with two more conference games left to play in the season.
The Terps (16-2, 4-1 ACC) scored twice in the first half to take a 2-0 lead into the locker room, despite facing UNC's Katy Tran, who entered the game with the nation's top goals against average in the nation.
Sophomore Susie Rowe (London, England) put Maryland on the board first at 4:06, knocking in a rebound after a Terrapin penalty shot was saved. Senior Jackie Ciconte's (Wilmington, Del.) putback after another rebound gave Maryland a two-goal cushion late in the period, giving the Terps a two-goal cushion heading into the break.
But with less than 30 seconds remaining in the first half, North Carolina (12-4, 2-3 ACC) threatened to score on a 2-v-1 breakaway with only Maryland's Kathyrn Masson (Richmond, British Columbia), left as an obstacle. The Tar Heels' shot attempt went wide, however, and Terps kept their shutout intact. Masson came into the game with the second-best goals against average in the country.
In the second half, the Terps controlled most of the action, attempting 10 shots and earning five penalty corners, while limiting North Carolina to just three shot attempts. UNC's Tran and the defense, however, were able to hold off the Terps in the period.
Late in the game, the Heels broke through on its only penalty corner of the period. Britt van Beek deflected a pass into the net, making the score 2-1. But UNC would not get any closer.
The Terps outshot the North Carolina, 20-7, for the game. The Terps also out-cornered UNC, 8-4. Masson ended the game with two saves, while Tran registered eight stops.
With the ACC Tournament being hosted at the University of Maryland, Nov. 3, 4 and 5, the Terps play one more regular season contest at nearby-rival No. 5 American on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 3 p.m.
No. 3 Maryland (16-2, 4-1 ACC) 2 0 - 2 No. 4 N. Carolina (12-4, 2-3 ACC) 0 1 - 1
GOALS: MD, Susie Rowe, 4:06; Jackie Ciconte, 33:29. NC, Britt van Beek (Rachel Dawson), 67:39. SHOTS: MD 20, NC 7. PENALTY CORNER: MD 8, NC 4. SAVES: MD, Kathryn Masson 2 (1 GA, 70:00); NC, Katy Tran 8 (2 GA, 70:00). ATTENDANCE: 289.