Nov. 7, 2003
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The third-ranked Maryland field hockey team fell to the top team in the nation, 4-1, in the semifinal game of the ACC Tournament in Charlottesville, Va. The Terps drop to 18-3 on the season while the Demon Deacons improved to 17-1.
Wake Forest took the game's first lead in the 15th minute and it would never look back. Maryland's Tori Cano (Sea Cliff, N.Y.) saved a Deacon shot off of a penalty corner but junior Ariel Meyers was standing in front of the goal and knocked in the rebound to make the score, 1-0.
WFU added another goal late in the first half at 3:25 to go ahead of the Terps, 2-0, when Kristi Harshman scored her third goal on the year on a pass from Kelly Dostal. But Maryland responded, scoring 26 seconds later to cut into the lead. The Terps pushed the ball into the Wake Forest defensive end and, in a scramble in front of the net, sophomore All-ACC performer Jackie Ciconte (Wilmington, Del.) banged the ball into the back of the cage for UM's only goal.
Just as in the first half, tight defense allowed for few chances for both teams in the second period with the Deacs outshooting the Terps by just a 6-5 margin.
The score remained at 2-1 for most of the second half until Wake Forest' Maeke Boreel got off a shot from the right side into the far post, giving WFU a two-goal cushion with less than 13 minutes left to play in the match.
In the final minutes, the Terps threatened to close the gap, drawing a penalty corner and a one-on-one shot with the goalkeeper which Katie Ridd made the save. But Maryland's efforts fell short and Wake Forest's Kelly Dostal scored the empty-netter with just 40 seconds remaining in the game to seal the win.
"Wake Forest played like National Champions," said Maryland head coach Missy Meharg. "This is the best I've seen them play. Maryland has a lot of work to do on individual defense and 1-v-1 attack. The were the better than us today. If we play hard, we can see them again in the NCAA final four."
Cano ended the game with a career-high tying six saves. Wake Forest's Ridd accounted for four stops. The Terps were outshot 10-6 in the game.
The Terps wait until Tuesday, Nov. 11 for the announcement of the NCAA Tournament bracket.
#4 seed Maryland (18-3) 1 0 -- 1 #1 seed Wake Forest (17-1) 2 2 -- 4GOALS: UM, Jackie Ciconte, 30:01. WFU, Ariel Meyers, 14:12; Kristi Harshman (Kelly Dostal), 29:30; Maeke Boreel, 57:17; Kelly Dostal, 69:20. SHOTS: UM 6, WFU 10. PENALTY CORNERS: UM 2, WFU 3. SAVES: UM, Tori Cano 6 (3 GA; 64:14); Brooke Johnson 0 (1 GA, 5:46). WFU, Katie Ridd 4 (1 GA, 70:00). ATTENDANCE: 343.
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