Nov. 5, 2004
Winston-Salem, N.C. - The No. 2 seeded Maryland Terrapins advanced to the championship game of the 2004 ACC Field Hockey Championship defeating the No. 3 seeded Duke Blue Devils by a score of 3-2.
Maryland struck first as Janneke van Leeuwen scored her seventh goal of the season off a penalty corner chance with just 4:04 gone by in the contest. Duke responded less than a minute later when Katie Grant slipped through the Maryland defense and bounced her 20th goal of the season into the back of the cage.
The Terrapins struck back quickly as Tiffany Marsh assisted on an Anja Boettcher goal with 5:43 gone by in the opening half. Both teams continued to attack throughout the opening half, combining for 19 shots in the opening 35 minutes of play.
Duke tied the contest in the opening four minutes of the second half when junior Nicole Dudek collected a loose ball in front of the cage and netted her 19th goal of the season.
Maryland regained the lead at the 43:07 mark as Boettcher delivered her second goal of the game and her ninth goal of the season. The Terrapins sealed the game after goalie Kathryn Masson came up big over the remaining 17 minutes with two saves in goal.
Both teams finished with 15 shots on goals with Duke hold a 10-9 edge in penalty corners. Duke goalie Christy Morgan stopped seven shots, while Masson registered six saves for Maryland.
Maryland improves to 15-4 on the season while Duke drops to 15-4. The Terrapins will face the winner of No. 1 North Carolina vs. No. 4 Wake Forest on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. The championship game is set to be broadcast on the league's regional sports networks.