NCAA Champion: Maryland Edges North Carolina 3-2 In 2OT For National Crown

Nov. 21, 2010

 

No. 1 Terps Claim NCAA Championship

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Sophomore Megan Frazer scored the game-winning goal in the 98th minute to give the No. 1 University of Maryland field hockey team the 2010 NCAA Championship with a 3-2 victory over North Carolina Sunday afternoon at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.

With the win, the Terps claimed the program's seventh national title and sixth under head coach Missy Meharg. Maryland has won four of the last six titles (2005, 2006, 2008, 2010).

"This is a fantastic result in a really exciting game," Meharg said. Just some great athletes at the end there, 14 of them just gutting it out to become national champions. It was a great North Carolina team as always, just a really fitting finish for us."

Maryland took an early 1-0 lead 4:31 into the game, when freshman Hayley Turner tipped in a shot sent to her from junior Jemma Buckley off of a corner setup. The Tar Heels tied the game at one with 30 seconds left in the first half. Meghan Dawson scored off of a corner setup from Teryn Brill and Katie Ardrey.

North Carolina took a 2-1 lead six minutes into the second half, again on a corner setup. Marta Malmberg scored the go-ahead goal.

With just under seven minutes remaining in the game, sophomore Harriet Tibble scored her first goal of the season when she sent in a shot from out near the top of the circle. The Terrapins went into their third overtime game of the season.

Maryland had three corners in the first overtime period, but couldn't convert as North Carolina goalkeeper Jackie Kintzer recorded two saves.

With 2:10 remaining in the second overtime, senior Katie O'Donnell intercepted a pass from the Tar Heels. She sent it over to Frazer near the top of the circle and Frazer sent in a rocket shot for the game-winner.