Sept. 27, 2008
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Third-ranked Maryland field hockey scored three goals in the second half to upset No. 1 Wake Forest, 4-2, in Winston-Salem, N.C., on Saturday afternoon. Playing in steady rain during the game, the Terrapins had four different players score goals, handing the Demon Deacons their first loss of the season.
"I'm very proud of this team," said Maryland head coach Missy Meharg. "They competed with purpose for 70 minutes and played with a lot of maturity. Wake Forest is a tremendous team. We played really strong in the second half and made good adjustments to give us three goals."
Despite the wet conditions, it was a highly charged and exciting match. Wake Forest (8-1, 1-1 ACC) jumped out in front first, quickly scoring on a goal from Michelle Kasold in the first minute of play.
The Terrapins (8-1, 2-0 ACC) countered with 17 minutes left in the first half. All-American senior captain Susie Rowe (London, England/Colfe's School) knotted the score, flicking the ball into the cage from 10 yards out in front.
With the score tied at 1-1 at the break, the Terrapins made some necessary adjustments on the field which paid off quickly. Junior Nicole Muracco (Sewell, N.J./Washington Township) found the back of the net six minutes into the second period to give Maryland its first lead of the game, 2-1.
Maryland did not have long to enjoy the cushion when WFU's Aileen Davis added the equalizer just 15 minutes later, making the score, 2-2.
However, a foul committed by the Deacons resulted in a Terrapin penalty corner and the Terps took full advantage of the opportunity. Sophomore Meghan Dean (Marathon, N.Y./Marathon Central) banged in the ball on the corner for the eventual game-winning goal. Sophomore All-American Katie O'Donnell (Blue Bell, Pa./Wissahickon) and Rowe assisted on the play.
With just over 10 minutes left in regulation, O'Donnell sealed the fate of the Deacons, scoring the insurance goal on a breakaway, helped out by Muracco.
Maryland outshot Wake Forest, 6-5, in the first half, while the Terps had a decisive 9-4 edge in the second. The teams were equal on the penalty corners, drawing three each. Junior Alicia Grater (Gilbertsville, Pa./Boyerstown Area) had a pair of saves in the win, while her counterpart, Crystal Duffield, logged five saves.
The Terrapins have won four in a row and return to action on Sunday, Sept. 28 at 2 p.m. against Richmond at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex. Parking and admission for the game are free. The game will also be broadcast on the internet on WMUCsports.com.
#3 Maryland (8-1, 2-0 ACC) 1 3 -- 4 #2 Wake Forest (8-1, 1-1 ACC) 1 1 -- 2GOALS: MD, Susie Rowe (un), 18:50; Nicole Muarcco (un), 40:20; Meghan Dean (Katie O'Donnell, Susie Rowe), pc; Katie O'Donnell (Nicole Muracco), 57:45. WF, Michelle Kassold (un), 0:58; Aileen Davis (HIlary Moore, Minou Gimbrere), pc, 45:56. SHOTS: MD 15, WF 9. PENALTY CORNERS: MD 3, WF 3. SAVES: MD, Alicia Grater 2 (2 GA, 70:00); WF, Crystal Duffield 5 (4 GA, 70:00). ATTENDANCE: 234.