COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Top-ranked Maryland field hockey came back in the final minute of regulation and went on to beat No. 4 Syracuse, 2-1, in overtime in an action-packed matchup at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex Friday night.
After major defensive stops in the final two minutes of regulation, junior Maxine Fluharty took it the length of the field and scored with 49 seconds to play as her shot rolled through Orange goalkeeper Jess Jecko’s legs. Just 2:37 into the 7-vs.-7 overtime, senior Jill Witmer sent in the gamewinner. Maryland moved to 15-0 overall and 4-0 in ACC play.
“This was the fastest team we’ve played so far in College Park,” head coach Missy Meharg said. “Syracuse was very, very spirited. They have a lot of different weapons. It was a very even game. Maryland just has a way mentally, when we have an opportunity to set a new tempo or set a new play, to really step up and follow the game plan. One of them was to play man to man and I thought we did a great job at that.”
“We’ve very opportunistic. From the way that we behave and in our hearts, we believe we can win. That is a real success for our team.”
Despite a scoreless first half, the Terrapins outshot the Orange (12-2, 2-2 ACC), 7-5, with both teams having multiple chances to get on the board. Due to back-to-back yellow cards given to the Orange, Maryland was up two players for almost the entire last five minutes of the first half. The Terrapins kept a one-player advantage for the first 4:53 of the second half as well.
Still, neither team could get on the board. Syracuse opened a 1-0 lead with 21:01 to play with Karlee tucked one in behind Terps goalkeeper Natalie Hunter from the left post.
Meharg called timeout with 9:57 to play and Maryland still down by one. With 5:25 to go, she pulled Hunter out of goal in favor of an extra field player. Maryland had two penalty corners in the next three minutes and couldn’t capitalize. Syracuse took it back the other way and drew back-to-back penalty corners, while Maryland had no goalie to defend them, in the final two minutes. Fluharty came out of the cage and made stops on both corners. On the second, she took it all the way the other way and cracked a hard shot from way out that went in to force overtime.
Maryland rode the momentum into the overtime period and Witmer deflected in Ali McEvoy’s shot for the win in the 73rd minute.
The Terps outshot the Orange, 18-13. Hunter picked up six saves and Jecko had eight for the Orange.
Next, Maryland will host No. 15 Old Dominion (8-6) Sunday at 1 p.m. Live stats will be available and the game will be broadcast live on TerpsTV.
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