Aug. 26, 2012
STANFORD, Calif. - No. 1 Maryland pulled out a thrilling 3-2 win in double overtime at No. 11 Stanford Sunday. The Terps trailed through the second half, then Jill Witmer scored to force OT. Katie Gerzabek scored with 24 seconds left in the second OT for the 3-2 win.
"This game was such a great opportunity for us to experience all facets of the game and so many situations," head coach Missy Meharg said. "Stanford is extremely talented. We pulled our goalie in the final minutes of regulation, scored in the final minutes to force overtime and found a way to win, just a great experience for us so early in the year."
Witmer put the Terrapins on top 1-0 in the fifth minute of play when she took hold of a loose ball, then rocketed in a shot for the lead. The Terrapins (2-0) held their lead through halftime.
Stanford's Alex McCawley scored less than three minutes into the second half with a high shot to tie it up. Two and a half minutes later, the Cardinal's Jessica Chisholm knocked in a loose ball in front of the cage for the 2-1 Stanford lead.
The Maryland coaching staff pulled junior goalkeeper Natalie Hunter out of the goal to put in an extra field player with six minutes left in regulation. Witmer forced overtime when she slipped a goal past the Stanford goalkeeper with 3:19 remaining.
The Terps and the Cardinal (1-1) went on to play over 29 minutes of scoreless overtime. Maryland was a player down most of the second overtime, when senior Megan Frazer was given a yellow card in the 90th minute.
Gerzabek inserted on the penalty corner in with 53 seconds to play, then sent in the game winner with 24 seconds to go. She found a loose ball in front of the goal off the corner play and snuck it in for the win.
Hunter finished with six saves and senior Harriet Tibble added a defensive save. Stanford goalkeeper Dulcie Davies notched nine saves on the day.
In its home opener Friday night, Maryland will take on No. 3 Old Dominion at 7 p.m. on Aug. 31 in a rematch of 2011 Final Four matchup. The Terrapins blanked the Monarchs 4-0 last November en route to their eighth national title.
The Terps were named the preseason No. 1 team in the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches' poll, released Tuesday. They have been the preseason No. 1 team in three of the last four years.