Nov. 21, 2010
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland field hockey team beat No. 2 North Carolina 3-2 in double overtime Sunday afternoon in front of over 2300 fans at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex for the 2010 NCAA national championship. Sophomore Megan Frazer scored the game-winning goal in the game's 98th minute for the crown.
With the win, the Terps claimed the program's seventh national title and sixth under head coach Missy Meharg. Maryland has won four of the last six titles (2005, 2006, 2008, 2010).
"This is a fantastic result in a really exciting game," Meharg said. Just some great athletes at the end there, 14 of them just gutting it out to become national champions. It was a great North Carolina team as always, just a really fitting finish for us."
Maryland took an early 1-0 lead 4:31 into the game, when freshman Hayley Turner tipped in a shot sent to her from junior Jemma Buckley off of a corner setup. The Tar Heels tied the game at one with 30 seconds left in the first half. Meghan Dawson scored off of a corner setup from Teryn Brill and Katie Ardrey.
North Carolina took a 2-1 lead six minutes into the second half, again on a corner setup. Marta Malmberg scored the go-ahead goal.
With just under seven minutes remaining in the game, sophomore Harriet Tibble scored her first goal of the season when she sent in a shot from out near the top of the circle. The Terrapins went into their third overtime game of the season.
Maryland had three corners in the first overtime period, but couldn't convert as North Carolina goalkeeper Jackie Kintzer recorded two saves.
With 2:10 remaining in the second overtime, senior Katie O'Donnell intercepted a pass from the Tar Heels. She sent it over to Frazer near the top of the circle and Frazer sent in a rocket shot for the game-winner.
Maryland outshot North Carolina, 18-12. Redshirt junior goalkeeper Melissa Vassalotti had five saves in the game. Kintzer had nine, including five in the overtime periods. The Terps also held the penalty corner advantage 9-3 and did not allow North Carolina a corner in overtime.
With the win, Maryland now owns more national titles than any other school, besides Old Dominion, who has nine. Maryland or North Carolina have won the last six NCAA titles and have met six times in the championship game. Sunday was the first time a championship game went to overtime since 1994.