Sept. 30, 2011
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The third-ranked Maryland field hockey team (10-1, 3-0 ACC) topped Atlantic Coast Conference Virginia, 6-3, Friday evening at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex. The game featured back-and-forth scoring between the teams, but Terrapin co-captains Jemma Buckley and Megan Frazer each scored twice to secure the win.
Virginia (5-7, 0-2 ACC) took the early lead when Rachel Sumfest took a hard shot from the top of the circle for a goal in the 15th minute.
In the 20th minute, Frazer dribbled the ball in and crushed a shot with defenders around her to tie the game at one. Eight minutes later, she gave Maryland a 2-1 lead. She brought it in with a self-start on the side of the circle and deflected in a shot from the baseline off the post.
The Cavaliers added a goal before the break as the Buckley sisters traded goals. Virginia's Elly Buckley, sister of Jemma Buckley, scored off of a corner with less than two minutes remaining in the half to make the score 3-2.
Redshirt freshman Shelby Sydnor jumpstarted a flurry of goals in the final six minutes when she knocked in a shot by the post off of a rebounded shot by sophomore Jill Witmer that was saved. Less than a minute later, Virginia's Jess Orrett sent in a shot on a penalty corner. Witmer added the final goal of the game with just under two minutes remaining off of a fast break.
The Terrapins outshot the Cavaliers, 16-8 and had nine penalty corners to Virginia's seven.
Fifth-year senior goalkeeper Melissa Vassalotti had four saves, while Virginia's Jenny Johnstone had seven.
With the win, the Terrapins have won their last eight straight games and 14 consecutive regular season ACC contests, dating back to 2008.
Maryland will head south to play at No. 9 Duke (6-4, 2-1 ACC) next Saturday, Oct. 8 at 1 p.m. in Durham, N.C. Live stats will be available and the game will be shown live online.