Sept. 22, 2007
The second-ranked Maryland field hockey team edged past ACC-foe and fifth-ranked Wake Forest, 3-2, in front of an ACC record attendance of 1,734 at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex on Saturday afternoon. Terrapin high-scorer freshman Katie O'Donnell scored two unassisted goals, leading Maryland to its 13th-consecutive victory, dating back to last year's NCAA Tournament.
In what has turned into the one of the ACC's biggest rivalries, Maryland (9-0, 2-0) never trailed in the game, taking an early lead, just over one and a half minutes into the game, 1-0. Despite being covered by two defenders, freshman Katie O'Donnell (Blue Bell, Pa.) found an opening between Wake goalkeeper Crystal Duffield's legs and scored the game's first goal.
Exactly four minutes later, the Demon Deacons (5-3, 1-1 ACC) responded. On one of its three first-half penalty corners, Michelle Kasold took a hard shot towards the goal cage and Aileen Davis deflected the ball into the back of the net for the equalizer. It was the first goal the Terps had allowed in nearly 219 minutes, dating back to Sept. 8.
Maryland took advantage of its own penalty corner in the 15th minute on a similar play. After senior Janneke van Leeuwen (Hilversum, Netherlands) inserted the ball into play, the shot on the corner came her way and she put her stick down for the deflection. WFU's Duffield made the save, but could not stop van Leeuwen's second shot off the rebound, giving Maryland back the lead, 2-1.
The one-goal advantage would stand until late into the game. With 20 minutes left in regulation, it was Kasold, again, who would do the damage. A shot from inside the circle was blocked by a Terrapin defender, but the rebound landed in front of her and she knocked it in for the tying goal, 2-2.
After Maryland head coach Missy Meharg called timeout, the Terrapins' intensity seemed to shoot up. Controlling the game down the stretch, the Terps had an opportunity to take the lead on a breakaway and a 3-on-1 situation with the Deac's goalkeeper. Sophomore Ameliet Rischen (Rotterdam, Netherlands) passed off towards a breaking O'Donnell. But before the pass could get to O'Donnell, sophomore Nicole Muracco (Sewell, N.J.) touched the ball, slowing down the speed, which O'Donnell was able to better control. Facing only the goalie, O'Donnell faked one way, then took off the other way, leaving the Duffield behind and finding a wide open cage for the eventual game-winning tally.
O'Donnell has recorded at least a point in every game this season and was leading the country in points per game entering the week.
Maryland has had four attendance's over 1,000 since the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex opened four years ago. The previous ACC record was 1,306 when Maryland hosted Wake Forest in the 2005 ACC Championship game, which the Terps won.
The Terps return to action this week, hosting Ivy League Champion Princeton on Wednesday, Sept. 26. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.
#5 Wake Forest(5-3, 1-1) 1 1 - 2 #2 Maryland (9-0, 2-0) 2 1 - 3GOALS: WF, Aileen Davis (Michelle Kasold), 49:35; Michelle Kasold (un), 49:35. MD, Katie O'Donnell (un), 1:35; Janneke van Leeuwen (un), 15:27; Katie O'Donnell (un), 58:49. SHOTS: WF 13, MD 18. PENALTY CORNERS: WF 4, MD 10. SAVES: WF, Crystal Duffield 10 (3 GA, 70:00); MD, Kathryn Masson 6 (2 GA, 70:00). ATTENDANCE: 1,734 - ACC Record.