Sept. 13, 2008
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - A late goal in the final eight minutes gave No. 7 Syracuse the upset over top-ranked Maryland, 2-1, on the fist day of the Terrapin Invitational at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex on Saturday afternoon. It is the first loss of the season for the Terps, who also suffer their first loss of the 12-year tournament.
"We lost to a very well-coached team that played with a lot of heart. We'll continue to keep working on our goal scoring and defensive structure, but you have to give Syracuse a lot of credit for this win," said Maryland head coach Missy Meharg.
Both teams refused to let up in the first half, with the first 35 minutes ending in a 0-0 stalemate. The teams were almost even, with Maryland (4-1), who took over the top spot in the national polls this week, attempting eight shots in the period, while the Orange (5-0) had six. Both teams were awarded five penalty corners.
The goalkeepers were also even, contributing to the deadlock. Maryland's Alicia Grater (Gilbertsville, Pa./Boyerstown Area) and SU's netminder Heather Hess each had three saves.
In the second half, it was more of the same unrelenting play on both sides of the field, but in the 43rd minute, Martina Loncarica broke the tie taking a big swipe at the ball from inside the scoring circle, sending the shot sailing to the back of the cage for the game's first goal. It was the first time this season the Terps had trailed in a game.
The Syracuse defense fended off the Maryland attack while holding on to the slim lead. All-American senior captain Susie Rowe (London, England/Colfe's School) took it upon herself to get the Terrapins back even, taking a backhanded shot from the upper-left side of the circle to make the score, 1-1.
While the teams continued to battle, the Orange seemed to have the little extra it needed to break through, scoring again in the 63rd minute, when Maggie Befort deflected Loncarica's shot off a penalty corner to take a 2-1 lead. It would stand for the rest of the game, despite the Terps' 7-2 advantage on corners in the second half and 14-9 edge in shots. Hess ended the game with 10 saves, while Grater had a career-high eight.
In the second game of the afternoon, No. 14 American (3-2) scored four goals in the first half to take a commanding 4-1 lead over Northwestern (3-3). Each team tallied a goal apiece in the second half and the Eagles claimed the victory, 5-2.
The second day of the Terrapin Invitational takes place on Sunday, Sept. 14 with Delaware visiting College Park to take on Syracuse at noon. Maryland battles Northwestern at 2 p.m. The game can be watched on ACCselect.com and can be heard on www.wmucsports.com. Admission and parking at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex is free.
#7 Syracuse (5-0) 0 2 - 2 #1 Maryland (4-1) 0 1 - 1GOALS: SU, Martina Loncarica (un), 42:59; Maggie Befort (Martina Loncarica), 62:39; MD, Susie Rowe (un), 52:57. SHOTS: SU 15, MD 22. PENALTY CORNERS: SU 7, MD 12. SAVES: SU, Heather Hess 10(1 GA, 70:00); MD, Alicia Grater 8 (2 GA, 70:00). ATTENDANCE: 380.
Northwestern (3-3) 1 1 - 2 #14 American (3-2) 4 1 - 5GOALS: NW, Elizabeth Dobbs (un), 31:36; Alexandra Quinn (un), 64:26; AU, Irene Schickhardt (Anne van Erp), 4:02; Christine Fingerhuth (Savannah Graybill), 9:23; Christine Fingerhuth (un), 15:59; Savannah Graybill (Anne-Meike des Wiljes), 24:58; Elizabeth Dobbs (un), 31:36; Alexandra Quinn (un), 64:26; Anne-Meike des Wiljes (Jesika Pufnock, Irene Schickhardt), pc, 65:17. SHOTS: NW 11, AU 11. PENALTY CORNERS: NW 2, AU 5. SAVES: NW, Emily Kyle 5 (5 GA, 70:00); AU, Alyssa Poorman 6 (2 GA, 70:00). ATTENDANCE: 55.