Maryland Clinches Third Consecutive ACC Field Hockey Championship Title With 5-2 Win Against North Carolina
Nov. 7, 2010
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Senior Katie O'Donnell tallied five points and junior Jemma Buckley notched a hat trick as No. 1-seeded Maryland topped second-seeded North Carolina, 5-2, in the 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Field Hockey Championship Game on Sunday at Kentner Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C. It marks the Terps' third-straight conference title and ninth overall.
With the victory, Maryland improves to 19-1, while North Carolina falls to 19-2. The Terps also earn the ACC's automatic bid to the 2010 NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championship. League teams will learn their fate for the national tournament Tuesday at 8 p.m. when the selection show airs on NCAA.com.
The Terps held a slight advantage on shots, taking 12 to the Tar Heels' 11. North Carolina was awarded seven penalty corners to Maryland's five. Redshirt-junior Melissa Vassalotti made four saves for the Terps, while senior Jackie Kintzer had one.
Buckley registered a game-high six shots for the Terps, four of which came on goal. Freshman Marta Malmberg led the Tar Heels with three shots. O'Donnell recorded five points, assisting on three goals and scoring one.
Maryland struck first in what turned out to be a back-and-forth first half. O'Donnell passed from the end line to Buckley who deflected it into the cage past Kintzer.
North Carolina responded less than five minutes later as sophomore Jaclyn Gaudioso Radvany received a cross from classmate Kelsey Kolojejchick in front of the goal and knocked it in to tie the game at one.
The Terps pulled ahead once again just over three minutes later as Buckley collected her own rebounded shot and scored.
Sophomore Caitlin Van Sickle tied it for the Tar Heels in the 26th minute off a penalty corner. Classmate Katie Ardrey inserted and junior Teryn Brill made the stop before passing to Van Sickle.
Freshman Jill Witmer scored what would eventually be the game-winner in the 30th minute after O'Donnell crossed the ball from the right side. The Terps would take a 3-2 lead into halftime.
Maryland increased its advantage to two goals just over 10 minutes into the second half. After Kintzer was drawn out of the cage, Witmer crossed to O'Donnell, who sent the ball into the open net.
With nearly eight minutes to play, the Tar Heels pulled their keeper to add another offensive player. Maryland took advantage on a penalty corner with less than three minutes to play. O'Donnell inserted the ball, while sophomore Harriet Tibble made the stop and passed to Buckley, who scored her third goal of the contest.
Maryland played in the championship game for the third-straight year, while North Carolina made its first appearance since 2007. The loss was just the second all-time in the title game for the Tar Heels.
The game featured the top two teams in the country as the Terps are currently ranked No. 1 and the Tar Heels are No. 2. It also marked a rematch of the 2009 NCAA National Championship game, which was also played at Kentner Stadium. In that game North Carolina handed Maryland its first loss of the season after scoring the game-winner with 11 seconds to go.