Terps Claim ACC Field Hockey Title With 2-1 Victory Over Wake Forest

Nov. 7, 1999

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Junior All-American Carla Tagliente (Cortland, N.Y.) scored the game-winning goal in the second overtime period to lead Maryland to a 2-1 victory over Wake Forest in the championship game of the 1999 Atlantic Coast Conference field hockey tournament at Kentner Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Tagliente's unassisted goal with 13:09 remaining in the second overtime period lifted the No. 1 ranked Terps to their second consecutive conference crown. The goal came on a breakaway and deflected off Wake Forest goalie Meghan Nitka as it sailed into the net.

No. 1 ranked Maryland improved to 20-1 overall as it won its school-record 18th consecutive game. No. 5 Wake Forest dropped to 17-3. Both teams will certainly receive bids the 16-team NCAA Tournament when the bracket is announced Wednesday.

Maryland got on the scoreboard early as Keli Smith (Selinsgrove, Pa.) scored with only 1:33 elapsed in the first half. Sophomore Caroline Walter (Reilingen, Germany), the ACC Player of the Year, was credited with an assist on the play.

Wake Forest's only goal of the game came with 27:49 remaining in the second half when Amy Marchell scored an unassisted goal.

Maryland outshot Wale Forest, 15-9, including a game-high six shots by Tagliente. Maryland's Ashley Hohnstine (Oak Hill, Va.) recorded seven saves while Wake's Nitka was credited with 10 stops.

"I'm feeling excitement and relief," said Maryland head coach Missy Meharg who won her third career ACC tournament championship. "Maryland hockey has demonstrated a certain level of hockey. I'm not sure we had our 'A' game today. Wake Forest is a great team and a class act."

Wake Forest 0 1 0 0 - 1 (record now 17-3)
Maryland    1 0 0 1 - 2 (record now 20-1)
GOALS - Wake Forest - Amy Marchell (unassisted), 42:11. Maryland - Keli Smith (assist Caroline Walter), 1:33, Carla Tagliente (unassisted), 86:51. SHOTS: Wake Forest, 9, Maryland 15. PENALTY CORNERS: Wake Forest, 7, Maryland, 9. SAVES: Wake Forest - Meghan Nitka (10 saves, 2 goals allowed, 86:51 played). Maryland - Ashley Hohnstine (7 saves, 1 goal allowed, 86:51 played).