Sept. 25, 2004
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - No. 1 Maryland field hockey suffered it first loss of the season, falling to No. 3 Wake Forest, 3-2 on Saturday afternoon at Kentner Stadium. The Terps fall to 9-1 on the season while the Demon Deacons improved to 9-1.
In their first contest as the No. 1 team in the nation, the Terps took early control of the game. Just minutes into the match, Maryland forced two penalty corners, scoring on the second in the fourth minute with junior Tiffany Marsh (Marathon, N.Y.) deflecting junior Lauren Powley's (Mountaintop, Pa.) shot into the back of the net for her seventh goal of the season.
Facing the No. 1 team in the nation for the second-straight game, Wake Forest made it more of a see-saw battle in the latter half of the period. In the 23rd minute, WFU's Kelly Dostal missed two open shots on the fast break which could have evened the score, hitting the post on one of the attempts. But later on, she did not miss, knocking in a rebound after Wake Forest earned its only corner of the half at 28:59, tying the score at 1-1.
Five minutes into the second period, WFU took its first lead when Dostal's penalty corner shot from the left side ricocheted off Maryland goalkeeper Christina Restivo (Parkton, Md.) and into the net.
Dostal gave Wake Forest a two-goal lead, scoring her third goal of the afternoon on the fastbreak on a pass from Claire Laubach.
The Terps tried to rally back, scoring a goal in the 51st minute. Junior All-American Jackie Ciconte (Wilmington, Del.) was on the receiving end of a pass from sophomore All-American Paula Infante (Santiago, Chile), bringing Maryland to within one goal.
As Maryland charged forward late in the period looking to tie the game, the Terps found themselves on a fastbreak with two open players. However, WFU goalkeeper Kristina Gagliardi broke up the play, making a save on the shot and protecting the Deacon lead with less than six minutes left on the clock.
The Terps held the advantage in shots and penalty corners. Maryland outshot Wake Forest, 14-10, and had eight penalty corners, while the Deacons were awarded just three.
Wake Forest has won the last five meetings with the Terps and has defeated the No. 1 team in the country for the second time in a week.
Maryland returns home to face Quinnipiac at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex on Sunday, Sept. 26 at 2 p.m.