Oct. 1, 2006
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Heading into the game with an 11-game win streak on the line, the No. 1 Terrapin field hockey team was forced into overtime but eventually came away with a 2-1 victory over No. 20 Michigan on Sunday afternoon at Bigler Field on the campus of Penn State University. The last undefeated team in the country, the Terps' 12-game winning streak to open the season is the best start in school history.
Reigning national champion Maryland is also inching towards the school's record of 29-straight victories which spanned the 1999 and 2000 seasons. The Terps are currently riding a 21-game win streak dating back to last season.
Coming off a commanding 5-1 win at Virginia on Friday, the Terps dominated the Woliverines (5-7), outshooting them, 13-6. However, Michigan challenged the Terps, taking advantage of some Maryland's mistakes in the backfield.
Freshman Nicole Muracco (Sewell, N.J.) notched the game-winning tally less than three minutes into the overtime frame, corralling the ball in the Michigan (5-7) circle before chipping high to the top of the cage past goalkeeper Beth Riley. Muracco has scored a goal in the last eight-consecutive games and has had a point the Terrapins' last 11 matches.
In the first half, after Michigan nearly scored on an interception, the Terrapins responded with a goal just moments later as sophomore Sarah Scholl (Center Valley, Pa.) positioned herself along the left post and redirected a hard shot from Muracco to give the Terps the initial lead at the 17:45 mark.
The Wolverines continued to pressure Maryland's side of the field. The teams traded penalty corners and scoring opportunities in the final minutes of the half, but neither could convert and Maryland held a one-goal advantage entering the halftime intermission.
Michigan reemerged from the break rushing the Terps' circle to knot the score at one goal apiece less than four minutes into the half. Kelly Fitzpatrick intercepted a pass deep in Maryland territory, stepped into the circle and drove a hard shot to the far, low corner of the cage.
The Terps gained back-to-back penalty corner opportunities in the waning moments of regulation, but Wolverine goalkeeper Beth Riley made stops on both attempts to force the extra period.
Maryland becomes the last team in the nation with an unblemished record after No. 5 Ohio State fell to No. 12 Indiana, 2-1, in Bloomington, Ind., this afternoon.
Maryland returns home to the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex to host ACC-rival Duke on Saturday, Oct. 7 at 1 p.m. for a rematch of last year's NCAA Tournament championship game. Help the Terps "Red Out" the Blue Devils and get a hot dog for $1.
#1 Maryland (12-0) 1 0 1 - 2 #20 Michigan (5-7) 0 1 0 - 1GOALS: MD, Sarah Scholl (Nicole Muracco), 17:45; Nicole Muracco, un, 72:44. SHOTS: MD 13, MICH 6. PENALTY CORNERS: MD 8, MICH 5. SAVES: MD, Kathryn Masson 2 (1 GA, 72:44); MICH, Beth Riley 6 (3 GA, 72:44). ATTENDANCE: 292.