Nov. 13, 2005
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - For the third-straight year, Maryland field hockey advances to the NCAA semifinals after a 3-0 win over No. 6 American on Sunday afternoon at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex. The Terps scored three late goals to clinch the win as senior Lauren Powley knocking in the game winner.
"I'm so pleased for this team. We've talked about making it back to the final four for the past nine months and now we have a great opportunity to win a national championship," said Maryland head coach Missy Meharg. "American is a very good team and they were a tough opponent."
The Terps will make their 11th national semifinal appearance (including the 1979 AIAW) and sixth in the last seven years.
For the second-consecutive year, Maryland (21-2) had to get past American (20-2) to get to the semifinals. Saturday's battle was just as tough.
The game was scoreless after the first 35 minutes of play and the both teams did not let the other get easy opportunities, although the Terps had possession of the ball for most of the game. In the 60th minute, a penalty corner for Maryland set up three-time All-American senior Lauren Powley (Mountaintop, Pa.) for the shot, which she knocked in for the first score of the game.
After Powley's goal, the Terrapins seemed unstoppable. All-ACC performer Jackie Ciconte (Wilmington, Del.) made a long pass into the circle for senior Meredith Long (Ocean City, N.J.) and Long deflected it into the net, giving the Terps a two-goal cushion at 62:52. Five minutes later, Ciconte passed off to Long on the 2-v-1 break and Long tapped the ball in, despite an oncoming Allison Fayfich, AU's goalkeeper, to give the Terps a comfortable and insurmountable 3-0 lead with less that three minutes to go in the game.
Maryland outshot American 16-6 in the game, but was even better defensively, giving up just one second-half shot and penalty corner to the Eagles. Fayfich ended the game with seven saves, while Terp goalie Kathryn Masson (Richmond, British Columbia) had two.
The 21 victories on the season are the most for Maryland since 1999.
Maryland will be looking for its fourth national title and first since 1999. The Terps play Old Dominion in Louisville, Ky., on Friday, Nov. 18. The teams split the regular-season home-and-home series. ODU defeated Michigan, 3-2, to advance to the semis.
Also advancing are the ACC's Duke, who defeated UConn in overtime, 3-2, and Wake Forest, who topped Indiana, 5-0. The winners of both semifinal games go on to play for the national championship on Sunday, Nov. 20.
No. 6 American 0 0 - 0 No. 1 Maryland 0 3 - 0
GOALS: AU, None. MD, Lauren Powley (Emily Beach), pc, 59:08; Meredith Long (Jackie Ciconte), 62:52; Meredith Long (Jackie Ciconte (67:26). SHOTS: AU 6, MD 16. PENALTY CORNERS: AU 1, MD 7. SAVES: AU, Allison Fayfich 7 (3 GA, 70:00); MD, Kathryn Masson 2 (0 GA, 70:00). ATTENDANCE: 579.