Nov. 13, 2011
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Junior Harriet Tibble sent the Maryland field hockey team (17-4) to its fourth straight NCAA semifinals appearance Sunday with her game-winning goal in the Terps' 2-1 overtime win over Syracuse (19-4) in College Park.
With 1:34 left in the first overtime period, Tibble drilled in her first goal of the year off of a corner inserted by Katie Gerzabek for the win.
"This is just an amazing team in the way we have grown in the final few weeks from the level of our training, to performance under pressure, and our emotional trust in each other," head coach Missy Meharg said.
"I am so proud of the team, and on behalf of the staff, it has been an incredibly interesting season. To be in the position of playing our very best hockey at the most critical time in the year is such a tribute to the players."
After nearly 56 minutes of scoreless hockey, freshman Katie Gerzabek put the Terrapins on the board. Janessa Pope found her along the sideline and sent her the ball across the circle to finish it off.
Less than seven minutes later, Syracuse's Kelsey Millman equalized the game when she tipped in a ball from Heather Susek in front of the goal.
The Terps outshot the Orange, 11-5, and had seven corners to the Orange's four. Syracuse goalkeeper Leann Stiver had three saves and Terp keeper Melissa Vassalotti had one.
The victory sends the Terrapins to Louisville, Ky. for next weekend's NCAA Semifinals and Finals. It will be Maryland's 15th Final Four appearance and ninth since 2000.
Maryland will play second-seeded Old Dominion Friday at 4:30 p.m. at Trager Stadium on the University of Louisville campus. The Monarchs topped the Terps in both previous meetings this season. For more information, log on to NCAA.com.