Terps Hold Off Duke, 2-1, to Move to Semis
Nov. 1, 2012
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Terrapin field hockey All-ACC players Megan Frazer, Harriet Tibble and Jill Witmer all notched a point to lead third-seeded Maryland past sixth-seeded Duke, 2-1, Thursday in the ACC Tournament Quarterfinals at the University of North Carolina.
Frazer and Witmer each scored in the win, as Tibble notched an assist on Witmer's game-winning goal.
Maryland (15-4, 3-2 ACC) will play second-seeded Virginia (15-4, 4-1) Friday at 3:30 p.m. in the ACC Semifinals in Chapel Hill, N.C. In the regular season meeting Sept. 28, Maryland led late, then fell 3-2 at Virginia.
"This is a fantastic outcome. Duke's a very well-coached team," head coach Missy Meharg said. "They're very athletic. For Maryland, this is a tribute to a very determined team. The leadership of Megan Frazer and Harriet Tibble was exceptional, along with Sarah Sprink and Ali McEvoy in the back. It was a great experience for Brooke Cabrera. She had three critical saves in the first half."
"We're just so looking forward to tomorrow afternoon and have an opportunity to play Virginia again. We had a great game against them, even though it wasn't the result we wanted, back in late September. It will be a great game."
Frazer gave the Terrapins an early lead in the 10th minute when she carried it into the top of the circle and sent a backhanded shot into the back of the net.
In the final two minutes of the first half, Duke (7-11, 0-5) got back-to-back penalty corners. Redshirt sophomore Brooke Cabrera got a hand on one for the save and Frazer blocked the other. The Blue Devils took five shots in those last few minutes, with Cabrera notching three saves to preserve a 1-0 Terps lead at the break.
Duke tied it up in the 43rd minute when Devon Gagliardi sent in a roller as Cabrera came out to defend the play.
With 16:35 remaining, senior Harriet Tibble found junior Jill Witmer for the tie-breaking goal. Tibble sent it in from the near sideline and Witmer sent in a shot from her knees that hit the net on the far side.
The Maryland defense held Duke to seven total shots and one shot in the second half. Cabrera notched three saves.
The Maryland-Virginia game will be shown on RSN on on FOX Sports South, FOX Sports Florida, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, and NESN in the ACC footprint. It will be live online for free at http://theacc.co/12FH-RSN-semi2. GameTracker live stats will also be available. For links to watch, log on to the ACC Field Hockey Championship home page at http://theacc.co/FHChamp.
The winner of the Terps-Cavaliers game will be take on either top-seeded North Carolina or fourth-seeded Wake Forest Sunday at 1 p.m. in the ACC Championship match. The Tar Heels and the Demon Deacons play at 1 p.m. Friday in the first ACC Semifinal.
The Terrapins have advanced to the semifinals in all 30 ACC Tournaments they've played in. They are 22-7 all-time in ACC Semifinal matchups.
The entire tournament will be played at top-seeded North Carolina's Francis E. Henry Stadium. Single-day tickets are available for $5, and all-weekend tickets are $10. Students from an ACC school can enter for free with valid student identification.
The Terrapins have won nine ACC Championships, all under head coach Missy Meharg, including the 2009, 2010 and 2011 crowns.