Oct. 25, 2003
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Maryland's sophomore midfielder Tiffany Marsh's first goal of the season could not have come at a better time. With the game tied at 2-2, Marsh scored the overtime tally to end the game, giving the third-ranked Terp field hockey team a 3-2 win over No. 4 North Carolina on Saturday afternoon at the Francis E. Henry Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C. The Terps move into a tie with the Tar Heels for second place in the ACC at 2-2.
"I am elated with the team. UNC is a wonderful team and a great program," said Maryland head coach Missy Meharg after the win. "[Maryland] worked very well as a unit moving up and down the field. We couldn't be in a better place heading into the final games of the season and the postseason tournament."
An evenly matched game, the first shot of the contest did not come until the 15th minute on a North Carolina breakaway, but UM goalkeeper Tori Cano (Sea Cliff, N.Y.) made the big save to protect the scoreless tie.
In the 20th minute, the game took a brief turn in Maryland's favor. Sophomore Jackie Ciconte (Wilmington, Del.) intercepted a UNC pass outside the shooting circle, passed to junior All-American Colleen Barbieri (Centereach, N.Y.), who was behind the Tar Heel defense on the left side, and Barbieri shot the ball into the far right corner of the cage, giving Maryland a 1-0 lead.
North Carolina tied the game, however, forcing a penalty shot in at 27:36 which Kelsey Keeran converted on making the score 1-1.
Still 1-1 at the break, the teams continued to battle back-and-forth. The Terps regained the lead in the 45th minute when Maryland's leading scorer Ciconte found herself wide open in front of the net and scored, as the ball rolled over the goalie's foot and into the back of the net.
The Tar Heels responded again almost 10 minutes later. Laree Beans intercepted a defensive clear on the baseline and scored to tie the game once more, 2-2.
The drama heightened when UNC drew its first penalty corner of the second half with no time remaining on the clock. Not surprisingly, Cano made the game-saving stop to send the game into overtime. In the history of the series, this would be the 15th time in 44 meeting the UNC-Maryland matchup would be decided in overtime, including eight of the last 10 meetings.
It came down to the 76th minute when sophomore All-American Lauren Powley's (Moutaintop, Pa.) initial shot was saved by UNC goalkeeper Katy Tran. But Powley recovered the ball which did not make it out of the shooting circle, made the diving pass to Marsh (Marathon, N.Y.) who put it past the goalie for the score to end the game.
Maryland outshot the Heels 16-11, and had a slight advantage on penalty corners, 7-6. Cano made career high six saves in the game, with one coming in the overtime to keep the game going. UNC's Tran ended the game with nine stops.
Maryland closes out the regular-season home schedule on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 6 p.m. against American. The lone senior on the squad, Lauren Pruitt (Ashton, Md.) will be honored during the traditional Senior Day festivities.
#3 Maryland (15-2, 2-2 ACC) 1 1 1 -- 1 #4 North Carolina (13-4, 2-2 ACC) 1 1 0 -- 3GOALS: UM, Colleen Barbieri (Jackie Ciconte), 19:12; Jackie Ciconte (Anja Boettcher), 44:20; Tiffany Marsh (Lauren Powley) 75:29. UNC, Kelsey Keeran (penalty shot), 27:36; Laree Beans, 52:04. SHOTS: UM 16, UNC 11. PENALTY CORNERS: UM 7, UNC 6. SAVES: UM, Tori Cano 6 (1 GA, 75:29), Christina Restivo 0 (1 GA, 00:00); UNC, Katy Tran 9 (3 GA, 75:29). ATTENDANCE: 224.
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