Nov. 3, 2006
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - No. 1 and top-seeded Maryland will head to the championship title game of the ACC Field Hockey Tournament for the third-straight year and 19th all-time. The Terrapins got stellar performances from ACC Defensive Player of the Year Paula Infante and all-conference pick Susie Rowe, as the duo notched two goals apiece to lead the Terps to a 5-2 victory against No. 5 seed Virginia at the Francis E. Henry Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C., on Friday afternoon.
The Terrapins improve to 19-1 on the year, as they advance to the league's championship title game on Sunday, November 5. Virginia will head home with a 13-7 record and await the announcement of its fate in the NCAA Tournament early next week.
Maryland went on the attack early, as Infante (Santiago, Chile) took the first shot for the Terrapins. Cavalier netminder Katherine Blair came up with a save before another shot attempt by Maryland's Rowe (London, England) was blocked by a UVa defender. But then the teams took turns battling on each side of the field, until the Terrapins finally broke through the Cavs' defense. Freshman midfielder Bri Davies (Anneville, Pa.) fed a pass to senior Emily Trycinski (Nazareth, Pa.), who was standing in front of the net, for the tip-in and a 1-0 lead.
The Cavaliers had chances to tie the game in the last two minutes of the first half. UVa was awarded a pair of penalty corners but weren't able to convert, as the shots sailed high over the net.
Infante put Maryland up 2-0 after a penalty corner with 28:28 on the clock after the break. Junior Janneke van Leeuwen (Hilversum, Netherlands) picked up her 13th assist of the season, while senior Kristina Edmonds (Emmaus, Pa.) picked up her fourth assist.
UVa would counter minutes later, as freshman midfielder Fenna Breitbarth scored on an unassisted goal at the 45th minute to cut the lead 2-1.
Infante came through for the Terps again, as she side stepped past a group of Cavaliers and knocked in a shot past Blair to give Maryland a 3-1 advantage.
With less than 14 minutes left in regulation, Rowe took a pass from Infante and netted her first goal in the game. Not less than a minute passed before Rowe backhanded her second goal of the game into the lower left corner of the net for a significant 5-1 lead.
The Cavaliers fought to the very end, including a goal on a penalty corner by Mia Link as the clock expired. It would too late for UVa as it fell to the Terps by a final score of 5-2.
The Terps await the winner of the No. 2 Wake Forest-No. 6 North Carolina game, which gets underway Friday evening. The league title game on Sunday, Nov. 5 is slated for a 12 p.m. tip-off, and will be televised and broadcast tape-delayed on the ACC's Regional Sports Network (Comcast SportsNet, Fox Sports South, Fox Sports Florida) at 5:30 p.m.
A web cast replay of this match is available online through ACC Select at www.TheACC.com.
#5 seed Virginia (13-7) 0 2 - 2 #1 seed Maryland (19-1) 1 4 - 5
GOALS: UVA, Fenna Breitbarth, un, 44:30; Mia Link (Inje Kaars Sijpesteijn), pc, 70:00. MD, Emily Trycinski (Bri Davies), 24:09; Paula Infante (Kristina Edmonds, Janneke van Leeuwen), pc, 41:32; Paula Infante, un, 52:10; Susie Rowe (Paula Infante), 56:20; Susie Rowe, un, 57:19. SHOTS: UVA 9, MD 12. PENALTY CORNERS: UVA 3, MD 4. SAVES: UVA, Katherine Blair 5 (5 GA, 70:00); MD, Kathryn Masson 3 (2 GA, 70:00). ATTENDANCE: 153.