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Terps will vie for 10th ACC title in program history
NEWTON, Mass. (TheACC.com) – Maxine Fluharty scored 3:52 into the first overtime to propel No. 1 Maryland past fourth-seeded Duke, 3-2, in the first of two ACC Field Hockey Semifinals matches on Friday afternoon.
Off of a penalty corner, Fluharty collected a rebound in traffic in front of the cage to poke the ball past Blue Devil goalkeeper Lauren Blazing for her 12th goal of the season.
With the victory, Maryland advances to the finals of the ACC Field Hockey Championship for the eighth time in the past 10 seasons. Since the inception of ACC field hockey in 1983, the Terrapins have been a participant in the league’s championship game in 22 of the 31 tournaments held – winning a total of nine titles.
Maryland stormed out to a 2-0 lead on the Blue Devils, who one day prior defeated Virginia in the quarterfinals of the tournament. Forward Alyssa Parker put the Terrapins on the board first at the 8:44 mark of the first half, as she deflected a shot by Jill Witmer past Blazing for her seventh tally of the season.
Following multiple scoring chances, Maryland cashed in again, as Emma Rissinger scored her sixth goal of the season after Witmer sent another shot toward the cage. This time, Blazing allowed a rebound to her right that Rissinger punched home to give the Terrapins the two-goal lead.
The Blue Devils managed to even the score with a strong second half that included five shots and two penalty corners.
A goal by Abby Beltrani, her second of the season, off a pass from Grace Christus brought Duke to within one with 16 minutes remaining.
With less than four minutes left in regulation, the Blue Devils knotted the contest at two on a goal by Hannah Barreca off of a penalty corner. Assisting on the tying goal for Duke was Beltrani and Emmie Le Marchand.
Fluharty’s goal just under four minutes into overtime improved the Terrapins to 3-0 on the season in extra time. The Terrapins finished with 21 shots and five penalty corners, while Duke produced seven shots and five penalty corners.
More information on the 2013 ACC Field Hockey Championship can be found online at http://theacc.co/FHChamp.