Maryland Survives 2OT Thriller With Wake Forest, 5-4, to Reach ACC Title Game

Nov. 5, 2010


WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Junior defender Jemma Buckley scored on a pass from sophomore midfielder Megan Frazer three minutes into the second overtime period to give top-seeded Maryland a 5-4 win over fifth-seeded Wake Forest in the first semifinal game of the 2010 ACC Field Hockey Championship at Kentner Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Terps advance to the championship game for the third consecutive year.

Maryland improves to 18-1 on the season, while Wake Forest falls to 10-9.

After the Terps took a 4-2 lead in the 61st minute, the Demon Deacons rallied, scoring two goals within a span of just over two minutes. The game-tying goal came with five seconds to go in regulation. Maryland pushed the ball down the field and thought a penalty corner had been awarded, but the clock had run out, forcing the game into extra time.

Maryland controlled both overtime periods, taking 10 shots to Wake Forest's zero. The Terps had three penalty corners in the first overtime period but could not capitalize until Buckley's game-winner, her 18th goal of the season, which came on Maryland's first penalty corner of the second OT.

Sophomore goalkeeper Kaitlyn Ruhf tallied 12 saves for the Demon Deacons, while redshirt-junior Melissa Vassalotti had four for the Terps.

Maryland out-shot Wake Forest 29-8 and was awarded a total of 16 penalty corners. The Demon Deacons had three penalty corners in the game.

Senior Katie O'Donnell and freshman Jill Witmer, both attackers, led the Terps in scoring, registered two goals each. O'Donnell took a game-high nine shots, seven of which were on goal. Witmer now has 15 goals in 2010. Buckley, Frazer and freshman attacker Haley Turner had one assist apiece.

Junior midfielder Kaitlin Piosa and classmate Kerry Ergen, a forward, both scored twice for Wake Forest. Ergen took a team-high four shots, with three on goal. Piosa has five goals on the season, while Ergen has four.

O'Donnell put the Terps on the board in the 23rd minute, collecting the rebound after her first shot was saved and sending it in for her 26th goal of the season. She increased Maryland's advantage to 2-0 with less than four minutes remaining in the first half. The Terps were awarded a penalty corner and after Buckley's shot was deflected, O'Donnell knocked it in.

Wake Forest answered with a few seconds left in the first half, taking advantage of their first penalty corner. After junior midfielder/back Faith Adams inserted, junior back/midfielder Lauren Greenwald made the stop and passed to junior midfielder Kaitlin Piosa, whose shot deflected high off of redshirt-junior goalkeeper Melissa Vassalotti's pad into the box. Maryland held a 2-1 lead heading into halftime.

The Terps took a 3-1 advantage early in the second half, as Witmer scored off a rebound. The Demon Deacons pulled within one nearly three minutes later on a goal by Ergen after a deflection by the goalkeeper. Maryland took a two-goal lead once again as Witmer scored on a pass from the baseline. The lead would hold for nearly seven minutes until Wake Forest rattled off its back-to-back scores, forcing the game into OT.

Maryland moves on to the title game, which is set for Sunday, Nov. 7 at 12 p.m. The Terps will face the winner of the second semifinal game between No. 2 seed North Carolina and No. 3 seed Virginia.