Maryland Captures 2013 @ACCFieldHockey Championship

Maryland Captures 2013 @ACCFieldHockey Championship

Sunday November 10, 2013


(Photo by Eric Canha, theACC.com)


Two second-half goals propel Terrapins to victory over North Carolina

NEWTON, Mass. (theACC.com) – No. 1 Maryland scored two goals early in the second half and benefited from a strong defensive performance to claim a 2-0 victory over No. 3 North Carolina and win the 2013 ACC Field Hockey Championship.

With the win, Maryland (20-1, 6-0) clinched the 10th ACC Field Hockey Championship in program history and first since 2010. In addition, the Terrapins locked up the league’s automatic berth to the NCAA Championship and avenged a 4-2 loss to the Tar Heels in the 2012 ACC Field Hockey Championship title game.

After a first half that consisted of tight defensive play from both squads, Maryland opened things up with two goals in the first ten minutes after halftime.

The Terrapins broke the scoreless tie just over four minutes into the second half. Hayley Turner found tournament Most Valuable Player Jill Witmer in the circle to put Maryland up, 1-0. Turner drove along the end line to goalkeeper Ammer’s left and centered a pass to Witmer, who lofted a shot to the top left corner of the cage for her team-leading 16th goal of the season.

“We talked about what-if scenarios so that they were very prepared and we just talked about finishing,” said Maryland coach Missy Meharg on her halftime speech. “We didn’t want to get away from anything we were doing, and that was critical. We just stayed on the plan and were vigilant on the second 35-minute game.”

Minutes later, Maryland capitalized again to stretch its lead to 2-0 on a goal by Anna Dessoye. Off of a penalty corner, Ali McEvoy blasted a shot through traffic toward the net that Ammer turned away. Dessoye, however, was in perfect position to poke the rebound past Ammer.

The Tar Heels (16-5, 3-3) pulled Ammer from the cage with 13:22 left in the game and earned an advantage with a Maryland yellow card with nine minutes left. The Terrapin defense withstood the North Carolina offensive pressure to secure the program’s 10th title.

“Congratulations to Maryland for winning the ACC Tournament,” said North Carolina coach Karen Shelton. “I thought the first half was pretty even, but Maryland took control in the second half.

“We had to get a little bit desperate to try and generate some offense, but it wasn’t enough to get the ball past (Maryland goalkeeper Natalie) Hunter. We know that this isn’t the end of our season, so we are excited for next weekend when the NCAA Tournament starts.”

In all, Maryland posted 12 shots and five penalty corners to North Carolina’s eight shots and four penalty corners.

The Terrapin defense held the nation’s second-best scoring offense to eight shots and zero goals, the second scoreless game of the season for the Tar Heels. The victory was Hunter’s 18th of the year.

More information on the 2013 ACC Field Hockey Championship can be found online at http://theacc.co/FHChamp.

2013 ACC Field Hockey All-Tournament Team
Jill Witmer, Maryland (MVP)
Hayley Turner, Maryland
Ali McEvoy, Maryland
Sarah Sprink, Maryland
Emily Wold, North Carolina
Samantha Travers, North Carolina
Janne Grove, North Carolina
Lauren Blazing, Duke
Emmie Le Marchand, Duke
Alyssa Manley, Syracuse
Jordan Page, Syracuse