Nov. 2, 2001
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Freshman forward Colleen Barbieri (Centereach, N.Y.) scored the game-winner in the first half and also recorded an assist as the No. 1 Maryland field hockey team (16-3) overwhelmed Virginia, 4-1, in an ACC Semifinal match. The Terrapins, seeded first in the 2001 ACC Championships, advance to meet second-seeded Wake Forest in Maryland's fourth conference title match in as many years. The Terrapins have been crowned conference champions in 1998, 1999 and 2000 in addition to a title in 1992.
"Virginia has tremendous athletes and I think we were able to use our combination of speed, skill and aerobic energies to really not allow them an opportunity to get into the game," said Terp head coach Missy Meharg of her team's performance and 24-5 shot advantage. "I'm really excited about our performance and for the team as we get ready to step into the finals."
The Terrapins first got on the scoreboard when two-time All-American Rachel Hiskins (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) collected a first-half penalty corner rebound and slid it toward the cage. Senior forward Megan Kelly (Gaithersburg, Md.) battled through a crowd to put the Terps on top, 1-0, at 17:16.
Barbieri added the eventual game-winner with just under nine minutes to play in the first half. Three-time ACC All-Tournament honoree Caroline Walter (Reilingen, Germany) fired a long hit into the circle where it hit was bounced around and was retrieved by Barbieri, who then ripped a shot through the legs of Virginia keeper Emily White. The Terps closed out the first half when Barbieri found Carissa Messimer (Mountaintop, Pa.) for a score on the left side of the cage. The freshman took a pass on the doorstep and skipped it wide to Messimer, who banged it in with 3:17 before the halftime whistle.
Maryland capped their scoring in the second half when ACC Co-Player of the Year Autumn Welsh (Macungie, Pa.) buried one of her two penalty stroke opportunities with 16:29 to play. Virginia (13-7) refused to go quietly however, and avoided a shutout with a late fast break goal by the ACC's leading scorer, senior Jessica Coleman. Maryland second-half keeper Kerry Hearsey (Leicester, England) made two saves before the Cavalier goal. Senior netminder Ashley Hohnstine (Oak Hill, Va.) contributed in Maryland's perfect first half.
The Terrapins are next in action in their fourth straight and 15th overall conference championship game on Sunday, Nov. 4 at 1 p.m. The Terps' opponent, Wake Forest, advanced with a 3-2 overtime win over host No. 3 North Carolina. The championship match will be aired live on FOX Sports South, Sunshine Network and Comcast SportsNet in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area.
1st 2nd Final No. 1 Maryland (16-3) 3 1 -- 4 No. 4 Virginia (13-7) 0 1 -- 1
GOALS: Maryland - Megan Kelly (Rachel Hiskins), 17:16 (1st), Colleen Barbieri (un), 8:57 (1st), Carissa Messimer (Barbieri), 3:17 (1st), Autumn Welsh (un (PS)), 16:29 (2nd). Virginia - Jessica Coleman (un), 5:31 (2nd). SHOTS: Maryland 25, Virginia 4. PENALTY CORNERS: Maryland 9, Virginia 1. SAVES: Maryland - Ashley Hohnstine (0 saves, 0 goals allowed, 35:00 minutes), Kerry Hearsey (2 saves, 1 goal allowed, 35:00 minutes). Virginia - Emily White (4 saves, 4 goals allowed, 70:00 minutes). ATTENDANCE: 301.
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