Oct. 8, 2011
DURHAM, N.C. - The third-ranked Maryland field hockey team held off No. 8 Duke, 2-1, Saturday afternoon behind two goals from senior Jemma Buckley and seven saves from fifth-year senior goalkeeper Melissa Vassalotti.
The Terps (11-1, 4-0 ACC) grinded out their ninth straight win this season and 15th consecutive regular season ACC win. The Blue Devils (7-5, 2-2 ACC) were the last ACC team to beat Maryland in the regular season three years ago.
"The coaching staff is more than pleased with this ACC outcome," head coach Missy Meharg said. "Duke did a good job of keeping us out of a midfield rhythm. We are proud of the Terps for finding a way to win vs. a very fit Duke team."
Buckley scored the first goal of the game when she knocked in a shot off of a penalty corner with 16:53 remaining in the first half. Junior Harriet Tibble notched the assist as the Terps took a 1-0 lead into the break.
Duke's Martine Chichizola tied it the game at one when she tipped in her first goal of the year with 22:26 remaining in the game. Caashia Kerringten and Tara Jennings earned assists on the play.
Buckley gave Maryland the lead once again with 9:59 remaining in the game. She drilled a shot in off of a penalty corner set up by Tibble and freshman Katie Gerzabek to put the Terps up 2-1.
Three of Vassalotti's seven stops came in the final seven minutes, with Maryland holding onto a 2-1 lead. She finished one shy of her career-high eight saves in a game. Duke goalie Samantha Nelson notched three.
The Blue Devils outshot the Terps 15-9, and took 10 penalty corners to the Terrapins' six.
Next, the Terrapins play host to No. 1 Old Dominion (12-0) Friday at 6 p.m. at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex. The Monarchs dealt the Terps their only defeat this season, a 4-0 loss on the road in Norfolk, Va. on Sept. 2. Maryland has won nine straight since then.
Admission is free and fans can park for free in the lots surrounding the Complex after 4 p.m.