Terps Trudge Through Rains, Earn Overtime NCAA Victory Over Tribe

Nov. 16, 2002

NORFOLK, Va. - The Maryland Terrapins (17-4) splashed through heavy downpours and battled for more than 74 minutes of rain-soaked field hockey to down William & Mary (12-9), 2-1, in overtime in the first round of the 2002 NCAA Tournament. Old Dominion's Foreman Field, which could have been referred to as "Lake Foreman" midway through the first half, proved to be a neutralizer under extremely wet conditions but a determined Terrapin squad trudged through to outlast the Tribe and advance to the second round where they will face the host Monarchs.

Terp senior All-American Carissa Messimer (Mountaintop, Pa.) took an extra-time pushout from sophomore Colleen Barbieri (Centereach, N.Y.) and drove along the endline for the game-winning goal in the 74th minute. The 2002 All-ACC selection snaked through the defense, used a pass fake to draw out the keeper, and flipped it into the cage for the decisive score. The Terps' bench erupted after a hard-fought victory in the soggiest of conditions.

"I think we showed an incredible amount of character," said four-time national coach of the year Missy Meharg. "I think [the rain] was definitely an equalizer, and that can get in your head if you let it. But we didn't."

The Terrapins led for much of the game after an early goal by Jackie Ciconte (Wilmington, Del.). Senior Izzy Palmer (Malvern, England) delivered a long crossing pass from the left side of the circle, finding Ciconte for the deflection on the right side of the cage. The Terps outshot the Tribe 20-4 for the game and held a 15-3 penalty corner advantage, but a pair of Tribe first-half defensive saves kept the contest from getting out of hand early. William & Mary goalkeeper also kept Messimer out of the cage on a stroke opportunity to keep the match at 1-0 at intermission.

Maryland pummeled the Tribe with 14 second-half shots but could not convert in the torrential downpour. The Tribe smartly executed a corner play to tie the match in the 61st minute, when Ann Ekberg connected with Kate Baird for the score. The game was knotted at 1-1 before seven aside play ensued and the Terps emerged victorious.

Redshirt freshman Tori Cano (Sea Cliff, N.Y.) was brilliant in the cage for the Terps, making three saves in her second career start. Cano denied Ekberg, the Tribe's leading scorer, on a breakaway in the first half to preserve the Maryland lead.

The Terrapins face Old Dominion for the third time this season in the NCAA Second Round on Sunday at 2 p.m. The Terps have split the season series with the host Monarchs, beating ODU 2-0 in College Park on Sept. 8 and falling, 1-0, in Norfolk on Oct. 19. The Terrapins won the last postseason meeting, 3-2 in overtime on Nov. 14, 1999 in College Park.

                             1st  2nd  OT
No. 16 William & Mary (12-9)  0    1    0  --   1
No. 5 Maryland (17-4)         1    0    1  --   2

GOALS: W&M - Kate Baird (Ann Ekberg (IC)), 61:27 (2nd). Maryland - Jackie Ciconte (Izzy Pamer (IC)), 21:49 (1st); Carissa Messimer (un), 74:31 (OT). SHOTS: W&M 4, Maryland 20. PENALTY CORNERS: W&M 3, Maryland 15. CARDS: W&M - Baird (Green), 12:36 (1st); Shannon Karl (Green), 66:16 (2nd). Maryland: Palmer (Green), 66:06 (2nd). SAVES: W&M - Claire Miller (11 saves, 2 goals allowed, 74:31 minutes). Maryland - Tori Cano (3 saves, 1 goal allowed, 74:31 minutes). ATTENDANCE: 249.