#3 Terrapins Edged By #2 Tar Heels, 2-1
Oct. 22, 2011
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The third-ranked Maryland field hockey team was edged by No. 2 North Carolina, 2-1, Saturday afternoon. The Terrapins (13-3, 4-1) put together a strong second half that culminated in Jemma Buckley's goal as time expired.
After they were held without a shot or a corner by the nation's top-ranked defense, the Terrapin offensive unit came out swinging in the second half. They took four penalty corners in the final seven minutes. Buckley scored on the final one, but it wasn't enough to take control of the final score.
"Carolina is a strong team. They played a championship-level start," head coach Missy Meharg said. "Maryland seemed to be a little under their intensity level at the beginning. It took us a little while to get into tempo. The second half was strong, but we're looking to get those two halves together."
The Tar Heels (16-1, 5-0) struck first when Jaclyn Gaudioso Radvany deflected in Caitlin Van Sickle's shot off of a corner in the eighth minute. They would take a 1-0 lead into the break.
Kelsey Kolojejchick scored her first career goal vs. the Terrapins to give the Heels a 2-0 lead with 20:30 left to play. Terps' goalkeeper Melissa Vassalotti notched a strong save on Kolojejchick's shot, but Kolojejchick knocked it a high shot on the rebound for the score.
The Terrapin defense was strong throughout - holding the ACC's leading scorer, Kolojejchick, to one goal and just two shots on goal.
Maryland had six penalty corners for the game and eight shots - all in the second half. Carolina also had six corners and took 11 shots.
Vassalotti notched four saves, while the Tar Heels' Sassi Ammer had three.
With the win, the Tar Heels clinched the No. 1 seed in the ACC Tournament, which will be held in College Park Nov. 4-6. The Terrapins will be the No. 2 seed and both teams will have a first-round bye. Either Maryland or North Carolina has won the conference's regular season title in each of the last six years.
Next, the Terrapins will return home to play host to Drexel (10-6) Wednesday at 7 p.m. Prior to the game vs. the Dragons, the Terps will honor their three seniors in Jemma Buckley, Meghan Dean and Melissa Vassalotti.