April 16, 2005
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Maryland raced out to an 8-2 halftime lead and withstood a second half run by No. 6 North Carolina to upend the Tar Heels, 14-7, at Henry Field in Chapel Hill, N.C. Delia Cox led all scorers with four goals and one assist to help the Terps to their first regular season win over UNC at Chapel Hill since 1996.
"We challenged ourselves to play great today," head coach Cindy Timchal said. "We executed well in the first half and were able to not only withstand their run, but really answer back. We showed great poise down the stretch against a quality team in UNC."
With the win, Maryland improved to 9-5 on the year and 2-2 in the ACC, likely taking the third seed in the ACC Tournament in two weeks in Baltimore. UNC fell to 11-4 and 2-2 in the ACC. (With the win, Maryland owns the tiebreaker in the seeding process.)
After falling behind 2-1 early in the first half after a pair of unsettled goals for the Tar Heels, the Terps roared back scoring the half's next seven goals. Maryland disrupted the Tar Heels all over the field as North Carolina committed 11 first half turnovers, many of them coming in transition. Annie Collins tied the game at 2-2 with an unassisted goal at 13:45, and the Terps took the lead they would not relinquish just 36 seconds later as Casey Magor made a tough catch on a Jessica Dorney pass between two defenders and converted for the goal.
The Terps continued to dominate possession by winning draws (Maryland won eight of 11 in the first half), and Cox scored on back-to-back goals to push Maryland's advantage to 5-2. Kelly Kasper drove right and passed back to her left to Collins for the next Maryland score, and Krista Pellizzi helped Maryland close out the half with a six goal lead with a goal and an assist to Katie Doolittle.
After a Kasper goal to start the second half, North Carolina started to mount a charge pouring in four goals in 2:17. The Tar Heels started the run with a Christina Juras goal at 22:32, followed by a score by Kelly Renzi. Allison Higgins worked behind the net and found Juras for another UNC goal, and on the ensuing draw Meg Freshwater attacked the cage to make the score 9-6 with just under 20 minutes left in the game.
Magor controlled the next draw for Maryland and Cox found the net on her own to end the Tar Heel run. Juras again pulled UNC back to within three goals at 10-7, but the Terps were able to control the game on offense and keep the Tar Heels out of the net on defense. Maryland closed the game with four goals, highlighted by two from Doolittle, to end UNC's comeback bid.
Kirah Miles made nine saves for Maryland, while her counterpart Kristen Hordy made seven. Becky Clipp and Collins each had three caused turnovers, and Megan Sommar scooped up five ground balls to lead the Terps. Magor led all players with four draw controls.
Collins and Doolittle each recorded hat tricks for the Terps, and Pellizzi chipped in a goal and two assists to help pace the offense. Juras had four goals to lead the Tar Heels. Maryland will be back in action next Sunday, April 24, at 1 p.m., to host Syracuse at Ludwig Field.
#9 Maryland (9-5, 2-2) 8 6 14 #6 North Carolina (11-4, 2-2) 2 5 7
Maryland: Delia Cox (4-1-5), Annie Collins (3-1-4), Katie Doolittle (3-0-3), Krista Pellizzi (1-2-3), Kelly Kasper (1-1-2), Brooke Richards (1-0-1), Casey Magor (1-0-1), Jessica Dorney (0-1-1); North Carolina: Christina Juras (4-0-4), Allison Higgins (0-2-2), Gina Allen (1-0-1), Kelly Renzi (1-0-1), Meg Freshwater (1-0-1), Stephanie Scurachio (0-1-1)
Maryland: Kirah Miles (9-7-60), Kate Capelle (0-0-+); North Carolina: Kristen Hordy (7-14-60)