Sept. 28, 2010
PRINCETON, N.J. - The Maryland field hockey team fell at No. 4 Princeton 4-2 Tuesday night. Senior Katie O'Donnell and junior Jemma Buckley scored late in the second half for the Terps (8-1, 2-0 ACC).
Despite a two-goal deficit at half, the Terrapins pushed hard in the second to create offensive opportunities. Penalty corners were near even with a 6-5 Maryland advantage and shots were close as well with an 11-10 Tiger advantage.
"The statistics show that the game was very even in shots and penalty corners," head coach Missy Meharg said. "Princeton is an exceedingly dangerous team and we were outplayed defensively on some critical 70 yard runs."
The Tigers' Katie Reinprecht put them on the board first with two goals. In the 23rd minute, she scored on a pass from Alexandra Douwes on a penalty corner setup. Four minutes later, she struck again, this time from Kathleen Sharkey, on a fast break to put the Tigers (7-0, 2-0 Ivy League) up 2-0 at the break.
In the 61st minute, O'Donnell sliced Princeton's lead in half on a high shot from the edge of the circle that hit the goal's net. 20 seconds later, Sharkey scored from Reinprecht to keep the Tigers' lead at two. Less than two minutes later, Buckley scored on a corner setup to make the score 3-2.
After Buckley's goal, the Terrapins pulled goalkeeper Melissa Vassalotti to play with an extra player on the field. Princeton's Molly Goodman finalized the score at 4-2 with less than four minutes remaining in the game. Vassalotti had a save in her 65 minutes in goal. In the final five minutes, freshman Ali McEvoy had a defensive save.
"I credit Maryland fighting back within one goal two times and having opportunities. To utilize an 11th field player is always a gamble but worthy if you come out on top," Meharg said. "Katie O'Donnell was a courageous leader, scoring a beautiful goal and was the Player of the Game for the coaching staff."
The Terrapins own the all-time series over the Tigers 14-5-1 and prior to Tuesday won the last 13 straight meetings.
Earlier Tuesday, freshman Jill Witmer was named the Atlantic Coast Conference's Player of the Week for the second consecutive week.
Maryland will play at No. 4 Virginia Friday at 5 p.m. and at No. 19 Michigan Sunday at 1 p.m. Friday's game will be broadcast live at WMUCSports.com, but Sunday's game will not.