Field Hockey's Late Rally in NCAA Semis Falls Short

Nov. 21, 2003

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AMHERST, Mass. - The third-seeded Maryland field hockey team fell to second-seeded Duke, 4-2, Friday evening in the NCAA Championship semifinals at Garber Field on the campus of the University of Massachusetts. Junior Colleen Barbieri scored both Terrapin goals as the team's comeback fell short.

The first half was all Duke, taking an early 2-0 lead less than three minutes into the game. The Blue Devils drew their first penalty corner less than two minutes into the match. Gracie Sorbello netted her 22nd tally of the season on a pass from Johanna Bischof on the penalty corner opportunity.

The Blue Devils added another goal one minute later. Katie Grant ran down a ball, which appeared to be going out of bounds. She got around a Maryland defender and had a 1-v-1 with the goalie and scored.

Duke jumped ahead 3-0 on a 2-v-1 fastbreak which Chrissie Murphy finished off for the goal.

Coming out of a Maryland timeout, the Terps seemed to collect themselves and played better team field hockey, taking both their shots in the final 13 minutes of the half. However, Duke's Christy Morgan saved one opportunity and the other went wide, as the Blue Devils held on for the 3-0 advantage at the break.

The Blue Devils had six penalty corners in the first half and outshot the Terps, 4-2.

The Terps took better control of the tempo in the second half, with their first of two penalty corners coming in the 42nd minute. The Maryland defense did not give up a penalty corner opportunity to Duke in the last half.

Barbieri (Centereach, N.Y.) got the Terps on the scoreboard with 14:09 remaining in the contest, taking a diving backhanded shot on the fastbreak off the restart.

But Duke responded. A scramble in front of the Maryland net put the Blue Devils back up by three goals, 4-1, at 63:51. Kim Van Kirk scored on a pass from Hilary Linton.

The Terps came right back down the field and cut the lead the lead back down to two, 4-2, just over a minute later. Sophomore Amber McQuillan (Coopersburg, Pa.) saved a ball from going out of bounds on the end line, passed off to Barbieri who was standing in front of the net and Barbieri knocked it in for the goal at 64:53.

The late Maryland charge was too late, however, as the Blue Devils were able to hold off the Terps in the final five minutes to win the game.

Sophomore goalkeeper Tori Cano (Sea Cliff, N.Y.) ended the game with five saves. Duke goalie Christy Morgan had two.

"Obviously I'm very disappointed," said Maryland head coach Missy Meharg. "We got down early by a couple of goals. There was a lot of enegery in the second half, but it was too late. I think very highly of Duke. They're a great team. We didn't have our best performance in the first 12-17 minutes."

With the two goals, Barbieri bumps up her career total to 45, listing her 10th on Maryland's all-time career list.

Playing in their first semifinal game in school history, Duke advances to the national championship game and faces Wake Forest.

Maryland ends the season with a 20-4 record, making their ninth trip to the national semifinal. It's only four losses of the season have come against the NCAA finalist.

Maryland (20-4)                0          2     -    2
Duke (20-3)                    3          1     -    4
GOALS: Duke, Gracie Sorbello (Johanna Bischof), 1:44; Katie Grant, 2:45; Chrissie Murphy (Johanna Bischof), 15:23; Kim Van Kirk (Hilary Linton), 63:40. UM, Colleen Barbieri, 55:51; Colleen Barbieri (Amber McQuillan), 64:53. SHOTS: Duke 7, UM 9. PENALTY CORNERS: 6, UM 2. SAVES: Duke, Christy Morgan 2 (2 GA, 70:00); UM, Tori Cano 5 (4 GA, 70:00).