Terps eliminated in field hockey Virginia rolls, 5-1, in NCAA vTC quarterfinals

November 16, 1998|By Eduardo A. Encina | Eduardo A. Encina,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

COLLEGE PARK -- The Maryland field hockey team came into yesterday's NCAA tournament quarterfinals against Virginia riding an emotional high.

The Terps had home-field advantage and a first-round bye before meeting the Cavaliers, a team they defeated a week earlier in the championship game of the ACC tournament in overtime. The Terps had won nine straight and were undefeated this season in College Park.

But the Cavaliers (16-4), who spent six weeks of the season as the top-ranked team in the country, got two goals from midfielder Lorraine Vizzuso and rolled to a 5-1 victory to earn a trip to the final four in Philadelphia next weekend.

It had appeared as though the magic would continue for the fourth-seeded Terps (16-6) when sophomore midfielder Carla Tagliente quickly cut in front of Virginia goalie Becky Worthington and scored her team-leading 17th goal 4 minutes, 46 seconds into the game.

After Tagliente's first-half goal, however, the Terps were unable to move the ball offensively.

"I thought Virginia went out and showed some true athleticism, speed at a championship contender level and they did a good job of bringing a lot of emotion from last week's loss to College Park," Maryland coach Missy Meharg said.

Virtually every time a pass was made to a Maryland offensive player, three Virginia players swarmed and broke up the play.

The Cavaliers also outshot the Terps, 12-4, and continually had break opportunities on Maryland goalie Angela Platt.

"We really didn't use our width today effectively. We used the middle a lot, and we didn't begin to use the sides until later, and by that time it was too late," Tagliente said. "We just weren't together today."

Last Sunday, the Terps stopped the Cavaliers' offense and defeated Virginia, 1-0, in overtime on the Cavaliers' home field.

"After last week, we felt that they had come onto our field and taken what was ours, and it's nice to come back a week later and get a win on their home field," said Vizzuso.

This was the second straight year that Maryland had lost in the NCAA tournament quarterfinals on its home field.

Last year, the Terps lost, 4-0, to Princeton.

The Terps lose only two senior starters, one of whom is ACC tournament MVP back Jen Pratt.

Goals: V--L.Vizzuso 2, M.Vizzuso, Elwell, Hayes; M--Tagliente. Saves: V--Worthington 2, M--Platt 7. Half: V, 2-1.

Pub Date: 11/16/98

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