Field Hockey Edges North Carolina, 3-2, In ACC Overtime Thriller

Nov. 8, 2002

DURHAM, N.C. - The third-seeded Maryland field hockey team (16-3) turned Durham, N.C., into "comeback city" on Friday evening, overcoming a two-goal halftime deficit and topping the second-seeded North Carolina Tar Heels (9-11), 3-2 in overtime. Rookie Jackie Ciconte (Wilmington, Del.) finished off a brilliant pass from sophomore forward Colleen Barbieri (Centereach, N.Y.) with just over two minutes to play in the extra session to complete the improbable comeback and lift the Terrapins to the 2002 ACC Championship game.

With their season on the line headed into the ACC semifinal match-up, the 13th-ranked Tar Heels put together an impressive first half. Coming out with intensity from the opening whistle, UNC cracked the scoreboard less than six minutes into the match when sophomore Katy Potter collected a rebounded shot and lifted it into the cage. The Tar Heels made it 2-0 before intermission when sophomore Kerry Falgowski broke away for a goal at 13:39.

Fueled with a new energy after the break, the Terrapins began to mount their comeback. Only two minutes into the second period senior Carissa Messimer (Mountaintop, Pa.) tipped in a pass from Katrin Rummer (Karlsruhe, Germany) during a melee in front of the goal cage. The Terrapins battled to earn six second-half penalty corners, and tied the game in the 53rd minute when senior Izzy Palmer (Malvern, England) rifled in a straight shot from Kateri Simon (Fallston, Md.) and Rummer. Both teams' defenses prevailed for the rest of regulation and the game went to overtime tied 2-2.

Both squads played with ferocity during the ensuing seven-aside play, and North Carolina had a pair of near-goal attempts by Terp netminder Kerry Hearsey (Leicester, England). The Terps' savior got a stick on a Tar Heel direct corner shot in overtime, and also came out to kick away a ball that tipped batted in the air and bouncing toward the goal. Finally, in the 82nd minute Simon sprung Barbieri with a pass up the left sideline. The 2001 ACC Rookie of the Year and 2002 all-conference selection beat a defender and drew Carolina keeper Amy Tran away from the cage before finding Ciconte on the right post for the score.

The Terrapins advance to the championship round for the fifth straight year and will face either top-seeded Wake Forest or fourth-seeded Duke. The game will be at noon on Sunday, Nov. 10 and will air live on Sunshine Network and Fox Sports South. Comcast SportsNet will replay the game at 11 p.m. on Sunday in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area.

		                      1st  2nd  OT     Totals
No. 4 Maryland (16-3, 2-2 ACC)          0   2   1   --   3
No. 13 North Carolina (9-11, 3-1 ACC)   2   0   0   --   2

GOALS: Maryland - Carissa Messimer (Katrin Rummer), 36:58 (2nd); Izzy Palmer (Kateri Simon, Rummer), 52:21 (2nd); Jackie Ciconte (Colleen Barbieri), 82:41 (OT). UNC - Katy Potter (un), 5:51 (1st); Kerry Falgowski (un), 13:49 (1st). SHOTS: Maryland 12, UNC 8. PENALTY CORNERS: Maryland 7, UNC 9. SAVES: Maryland - Kerry Hearsey (3 saves, 2 goal allowed, 82:41 minutes). UNC - Amy Tran (3 saves, 3 goals allowed, 82:41). ATTENDANCE: 369.