Oct. 7, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 1-ranked Maryland field hockey team held off No. 5 Princeton, 3-2, in overtime Wednesday night. The Terps moved to 13-0 on the year, while the Tigers fell to 9-2. It was the Terps' first overtime game all year.
"We are very proud of the team for being down and finding a way to win over a very fast Princeton unit," head coach Missy Meharg said.
Princeton struck first as Kathleen Sharkey scored just over two minutes into the game. Maryland freshman Megan Frazer hit a shot seven minutes later off of a penalty corner. Princeton's Julia Reinprecht put the Tigers ahead again 17 minutes into the game and the Terps trailed 2-1 at the half.
Six minutes into the second half, junior Katie O'Donnell knocked in a goal to tie the game at 2-2 when Princeton's goalkeeper, Jennifer King, came out of the goal to defend the shot. The rest of the second half was a battle.
"We played a variety of players in and out of a few systems which gave us momentum in the second half," Meharg said.
The intensity of overtime took over both benches as just seven players from each side took the field. Early in overtime, Princeton got a fastbreak towards the Maryland goal and senior Emma Thomas dove in front of the goal to stop the shot from even getting off.
Seven minutes into the 15 minute overtime period, senior Nicole Muracco went towards Princeton's goal one vs. one and knocked in the gamewinner off a pass from O'Donnell as she brought King out of the goal to defend.
"Emma's diving goal save and Nicole's one vs. one finish in overtime was a test to our will," Meharg said.
Maryland kept its penalty corner dominance at 11-3 and outshot the Tigers 20-15. Senior goalkeeper Alicia Grater had seven saves on the night and King had 11.
The Terps will head to Durham this weekend to take on No. 14 Duke at 1 p.m. Saturday.