Maryland Defeats ODU, 3-2, To Advance To NCAA Field Hockey Semifinals

Nov. 14, 1999

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Junior Caroline Walter (Reilingen, Germany) scored the game-winning goal with 1:43 elapsed in the first overtime period to left No. 1-ranked Maryland to a 3-2 victory over No. 7-ranked Old Dominion and send the Terps to the NCAA Tournament semifinals for the fifth time in school history. The Terps will face Iowa in Friday's first semifinal game at 12:30 p.m. at Northeastern University in Boston. It is the first time since 1993 that the Terps will play in the NCAA semifinals. Maryland won the won the national championship in 1993.

Maryland improves to 22-1 with the victory while Old Dominion falls to 17-7. Maryland has now won a school-record 20 consecutive games and has not lost since September 6, a span of 69 days. The Terps' 22 victories establishes a school-record for wins in a season eclipsing the previous record of 21 during the 1993 season.

Walter scored the game-winning goal on an assist by sophomore Autumn Welsh (Macungie, Pa.). Welsh stopped a penalty corner by junior Rachel Hiskins (Victoria, Australia) and passed to Walter. Walter dribbled about five feet and sent a shot into the net past Old Dominion goalkeeper Mary Beth Freeman. The goal was her team-leading and career-high 24th of the season.

"We are overwhelmed and relieved to have won today's game," said Maryland head coach Missy Meharg. "I thought our athletes were so tenacious and I felt confident that when we got into overtime that we could do well with out athleticism."

Old Dominion forced the extra session with two goals in the second half after Maryland took a 2-0 lead with 29:26 remaining in regulation time. Junior Marina DiGiacomo (Mendoza, Argentina) scored one goal and had one assist to lead the comeback attempt. Senior Ashleigh Miller (West Vancouver, Canada) scored the game-tying goal with 11:06 remaining to tie the score at 2-2.

"Maryland competed, hustled and played with their hearts" said ODU head coach Beth Anders. "When a team does that, it is very difficult to beat. Maryland won as a team"

Old Dominion	0	2	0	-	2 (record now 17-7)
Maryland	1	1	1	-	3 (record now 22-1)
GOALS - Old Dominion - Marina DiGiacomo (assists Adrienne Yoder, Ashleigh Miller), 34:20, Ashleigh Miller (assist Marina DiGiacomo), 58:54. Maryland - Carissa Messimer (unassisted), 16:26, Carla Tagliente (assist Rachel Hiskins), 40:34, Caroline Walter (assist Autumn Welsh), 71:53. SHOTS: Old Dominion, 10, Maryland, 24. PENALTY CORNERS: Old Dominion, 8, Maryland, 11. SAVES: Old Dominion - Mary Beth Freeman (12 saves, 3 goals allowed, 71:53 played). Maryland - Ashley Hohnstine (6 saves, 2 goals allowed, 71:53 played).