Sept. 26, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 1-ranked Maryland field hockey team pulled away from No. 3 Wake Forest, 4-1, Saturday in a classic conference rivalry match. Four Terps scored in the win, while senior goalkeeper Alicia Grater notched four saves to keep the Terps perfect at 10-0 (2-0) on the year.
This game was a rematch of last year's national championship game and ACC championship game, in which the Terps claimed both crowns. Wake Forest and Maryland are two of the nation's premier teams and perennial powers. Maryland owns the all-time series advantage with a record of 23-11.
Senior Nicole Muracco found the goal first in just the second minute of play. Junior Katie O'Donnell swept up the sideline to pass it inside to Muracco in front of the goal. Both teams fought hard defensively throughout the first half until Wake Forest's Hilary Moore knocked in a shot with five minutes left in the half. The score was deadlocked at the half, 1-1.
After the intermission, the Terps turned up the heat with O'Donnell scoring to begin the half. She scored from freshman Megan Frazer off a rebounded shot. Six minutes later, senior Emma Thomas scored off of a penalty corner setup injected by O'Donnell and stopped by senior Alexis Pappas. Frazer scored three minutes later to finalize the score at 4-1.
"We had tremendous discipline and passion," head coach Missy Meharg said. "We brought the intangibles we needed. Wake is extremely athletic. The coaching staff couldn't be more pleased with where we are at right now."
The Terps maintained their penalty corner advantage, 7-4. Maryland also outshot Wake Forest 14-10.
The Terrapins will head across town to face No. 20 American Tuesday afternoon at 3 p.m.