COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The top-seeded Maryland field hockey team advanced to its sixth straight Final Four Sunday with a 3-2 win over No. 8 Princeton at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.
ACC Offensive Player of the Year Jill Witmer scored twice, once to tie and once for the lead, to send Maryland (22-1) to its 17th overall Final Four and 16th under head coach Missy Meharg. The Tigers (14-5) led twice in the first half, until Witmer and the Terrapins took control just before the break.
“We’re exceedingly excited to move on,” Meharg said. “We’ve been talking about advancing and every single game, we’ve been talking about advancing our game. I’m very proud of the all of the women for finding a way to beat a very talented, very experienced, defending national champion Princeton team.”
Princeton struck first off of a penalty corner 90 seconds into the match. Sydney Kirby sent in the first goal of the afternoon on a deflection.
The teams battled through the rest of the period. With 33 seconds to go in the first half, Princeton’s Allison Evans sent in a high, hard shot from the right side of the circle for a 2-1 lead.
Less than 30 seconds later, Witmer dribbled into the Terps’ offensive circle herself and scored through multiple defenders to tie it with six seconds to go before halftime.
Just over three minutes into the second half, sophomore Alyssa Parker fed Witmer for the Terps’ first lead of the day. Parker had a look herself, which was blocked by the Princeton keeper, then dished it to Witmer for a quick shot from the right post.
Maryland outshot Princeton, 14-9, and each team had four penalty corners.
The Terrapins will play No. 5 Duke (16-6) Friday at 2 p.m. in Norfolk, Va. in the NCAA Semifinals. The game will be streamed live online for free on NCAA.com. The winner of Friday’s match will face either No. 3 North Carolina or No. 4 Connecticut in Sunday’s 4 p.m. NCAA Championship game.
Tickets are on sale now for the NCAA national championship tournament for $25, which includes admission to the Division I games at ODU, and the Division II and III semifinal games on Friday, Nov. 22 at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex. Single session tickets are $20 and groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets in advance for only $10 per day by calling 757-683-4444 or visit www.ncaa.com/tickets