No. 11 Notre Dame Comes From Behind to Win 2002 Maryland/FILA Classic

Sept. 15, 2002

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The 2002 Maryland/FILA Classic ended with a second-half scoring outburst as No. 11 Notre Dame came back from a two-goal deficit to defeat host No. 25 Maryland 5-2 Sunday.

Although Maryland struck twice within five minutes to grab a two-goal lead in the 55th minute, the Fighting Irish (4-2) peppered the Terrapin defense with 13 second-half shots and a flurry of scoring opportunities.

Junior forward Amanda Guertin paced the Notre Dame comeback with the go-ahead goal and two assists.

Candace Chapman's 65th minute blast sparked the Irish onslaught and cut the Terrapin lead to one.

Tournament MVP Melissa Tancredi and Guertin scored in less than one minute to give Notre Dame the lead in the 79th minute, 3-2.

Tancredi added her second goal of the game in the 87th minute and Randi Scheller's fourth tally of the season two minutes later ended any chance for a late Terrapin comeback.

After a slow first half that saw the teams combine for just eight shots, the Terrapins came out swinging on goals by freshman Mallory Mahar (Medina, Ohio) and Katie Ludwig (Mt. Laurel, N.J.).

Mahar scored the Terps' first goal in the 51st minute, as she put home a beautiful header off a long throw-in from defender Lindsay Givens (Downingtown, Pa.).

Maryland continued to attack and capitalized when Ludwig was credited with her fourth goal of the year in the 55th minute as her hard shot deflected off a Notre Dame defender and past Irish keeper Erika Bohn.

Givens' assist was her first of the season, the twelfth of her Maryland career, tying her for eight all time with Tania Sheremeta (1990-93) and Terri Rich (1992-95). Last season, Givens had six assists, all coming off throw-ins.

For Maryland, Ludwig and Jen Biscoe (Baltimore, Md.) were named to the all-tournament team. Notre Dame's honorees were Bohn, Chapman, Ashley Dryer and Amy Warner. Hartford placed three players on the team - Tini Lyng, Cindy Walsh and Hilde Bakke. Loyola's recipients were Erica Niemann and Audra Garuccio.

Hartford defeated Loyola 3-0 in Sunday's first game.

Maryland (4-2) returns to action this Friday night as they travel to No. 13 Wake Forest for a 7 p.m. ACC match-up in Winston-Salem, N.C.