Maryland Downs Duke, 2-1
Nov. 1, 2012
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Megan Frazer and Jill Witmer scored and the Maryland Terrapins held off the Duke Blue Devils, 2-1, Thursday evening at the ACC Field Hockey Championship at Francis E. Henry Stadium.
No. 3 Maryland (15-4, 3-2 ACC) improves to 33-20 in ACC Championship play and 6-1 against Duke in the tournament. Sixth-seeded Duke (7-11, 0-6) falls to 15-30 in the event.
"This is a fantastic outcome. Duke's a very well-coached team," head coach Missy Meharg said. "They're very athletic. For Maryland, this is a tribute to a very determined team. The leadership of Megan Frazer and Harriet Tibble was exceptional, along with Sarah Sprink and Ali McEvoy in the back. It was a great experience for Brooke Cabrera. She had three critical saves in the first half."
With the victory, the Terrapins are now 2-0 in ACC Championship first round action after not earning a bye for the second time in program history and first since 2003. The win is the seventh in the last eight games for Maryland, which advances to Friday’s semifinals and will play No. 2 Virginia at 3:30 p.m.
"We're just so looking forward to tomorrow afternoon and have an opportunity to play Virginia again. We had a great game against them, even though it wasn't the result we wanted, back in late September. It will be a great game."
Frazer, named to the All-ACC team yesterday along with Witmer and Harriet Tibble, got the Terrapins on the board 8:53 into the contest. The senior midfielder grabbed a loose ball, dribbled to the top of the circle and found the back the goal for her ninth of the season.
Duke scored the equalizer shortly after halftime. Devon Gagliardi collected a pass from Abby Beltrani and dove to get a shot past the charging Maryland goalkeeper, Brooke Cabrera. The goal, her seventh of the season, was her first since scoring a hat trick on Sept. 30.
“We had our moments, the goal was beautiful and that was exactly the attacking game plan and pattern that we knew could succeed,” said Duke coach Pam Bustin. “It was just a matter of getting people in the right places and recognizing it at the right times.”
The Terrapins regained the lead for good with 16:35 left in the game on a goal by Witmer, assisted by Tibble. Witmer, set up to the left of Duke goalkeeper Lauren Blazing, settled the Tibble pass and switched to her backhand before finding the opposite post for her 12th of the year.
The Maryland offense controlled possession for most of the second half, outshooting the Blue Devils 8-1 in the period. The Terrapins held a 7-4 advantage in penalty corners and had 14 total shots to seven for Duke.
Cabrera made three saves and allowed one goal for her fourth win of the season.
More information on the 2012 ACC Field Hockey Championship can be found online at http://theacc.co/FHChamp.