#1 Maryland Heads To NCAA Finals
Nov. 19, 2010
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland field hockey team (22-1) beat No. 7 Ohio State 3-1 Friday night in the NCAA Semifinals round.
Senior Katie O'Donnell, who was named the Mid-Atlantic Region Player of the Year earlier Friday, lead the Terrapins to the championship game Sunday with her seventh career hat trick.
Maryland advances to the NCAA championship game for the 10th time in school history. Six of its 10 appearances have been against North Carolina. The Terrapins beat the Tar Heels twice this season, including a 3-2 win Oct. 23 in College Park and a 5-2 win two weeks ago for the ACC Championship in Winston-Salem, N.C.
The Buckeyes took an early 1-0 lead, with a tip-in goal by Jena Cacciatore in the fifth minute off of a rebounded shot.
O'Donnell scored the Terps' first goal off of a penalty corner just under 10 minutes later, as freshman Ali McEvoy notched the assist. O'Donnell inserted on the corner to sophomore Harriet Tibble, who passed it to McEvoy. O'Donnell took the pass and tipped it in for a backdoor shot.
After going into the break tied at one, O'Donnell struck again eight minutes into the second half. Again on a corner setup, junior Jemma Buckley took a shot that was saved by Ohio State goalkeeper Ally Tunitis. O'Donnell took a high shot off the rebound for the score.
In the game's 63rd minute, O'Donnell sent in a hard shot from Tibble for the final score of the game.
The Terrapins outshot the Buckeyes 16-5 and had eight corners to the Buckeyes' one. Redshirt junior goalkeeper Melissa Vassalotti had four saves on the night.
After Friday's performance, O'Donnell needs one goal to break the 100-goal mark and three to break the ACC career goals record. She already owns the ACC's career points and assists marks.
Maryland has an all-time record of 94-9 at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex and is 17-1 at home in NCAA Tournament games.
Tickets to Sunday's game is $10 for adults and $7 for seniors and students. To buy tickets, or for information on group tickets, please visit the Terrapin Ticket Office online at umterps.com or call 1-800-IM-A-TERP.
SATURDAY NFHCA ALL STAR GAMES
SUNDAY CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Sunday's games will be streamed live on the NCAA.com and will not be shown on television.