Maryland Falls to Duke, 2-1, in ACC Semis

Nov. 4, 2011

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The second-seeded Maryland field hockey team fell to third-seeded Duke, 2-1, Friday afternoon in the Atlantic Coast Conference Semifinals at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.

After taking a one-goal lead in the first 10 minutes of the game, the Terrapins gave up two unanswered goals to the Blue Devils just before and after halftime. The loss ended the Terrapins' streak of three straight ACC championships and three straight appearances in the finals.

"I am very proud of the Maryland team," head coach Missy Meharg said. "I thought we played with a tremendous amount of fight and tactical plans for 70 minutes. We found ourselves in a good position to tie the game, and Duke is a very strong team; they have tremendous speed in the midfield and they were very opportunistic with their penalty corners, so I applaud them."

Junior Colleen Gulick led off the scoring when she tipped in her first goal of the year to give Maryland a 1-0 lead in the 10th minute. She found a loose ball off a rebound on a penalty corner for the score.

Duke tied it with less than seven minutes remaining in the half when Rhian Jones sent in a shot on the Devils' first penalty corner.

After a 1-1 tie at the break, the Blue Devils took a 2-1 lead just two minutes into the second period when Emmie Le Marchand tipped in a shot off their second penalty corner of the game.

The Terrapins' pulled goalkeeper Melissa Vassalotti with 5:19 remaining in the game, in order to have an extra field player. Redshirt sophomore Christine Knauss came in as the extra player.

In the final minute, the Terps had two penalty corners to try and tie the game, but both shots were blocked.

The Terps outshot the Blue Devils, 10-9, and had eight penalty corners to the Devils' five. Vassalotti had four saves and Duke goalkeeper Samantha Nelson had five.

The Terrapins will find out their NCAA Tournament fate on Tuesday evening. will have updated information on the Terps' NCAA road as soon as it is available. First round of the NCAA Tournament will begin next Saturday, Nov. 12.

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