UM women stumble, recover to top UNC

They waste 7-goal lead, but win in OT, 19-17

April 25, 1999|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Maryland coach Cindy Timchal always preaches to her players before games about not trying to prove their the best, but simply compete for 60 minutes. Wait, change that to 66 minutes.

After squandering a seven-goal, second-half advantage, the top-ranked Terrapins needed a Jen Adams' goal with 44 seconds left in the six-minute overtime to secure a 19-17 victory over No. 6 North Carolina yesterday before 750 in an Atlantic Coast Conference tournament first-round game.

Adams scored two of her career best seven goals in overtime, and Christine Jenkins contributed five goals for Maryland, the nation's highest-scoring team that has only been pushed past regulation twice during its 22-game win streak.

The Terrapins outscored the Tar Heels 4-2 in overtime to ruin the first game in Carolina's brand-new Francis E. Henry Stadium.

"I guess today we were able to `guts' out a few extra minutes," Timchal said. "There are all different ways of winning. I know that when the momentum shifted to Carolina's way, there was a little cause for concern. You don't have a lot of opportunity to get your team back on track. If they lose focus, you have to hope they pull it together as a team."

Maryland (14-0), which has not lost since last year's ACC first-round game against the Tar Heels, will play Virginia in today's championship game at 1 p.m. The Terrapins have beaten the Cavaliers in nine straight meetings.

The Terrapins staked themselves to a 15-8 lead with 19: 21 remaining in the game after Jenkins scored consecutive goals in a 1: 23 span. North Carolina, which had never given up more than 14 goals in the program's four-year history, had difficulty stopping Maryland's drives and struggled early in adjusting to the loss of starting goalkeeper Debbie Castine, who left three minutes into the game with a possible anterior cruciate ligament tear.

Then Maryland took itself out of a rhythm when it decided to spread its offensive sets and the Tar Heels began to pinch inside to shut off the Terrapins' dump-off passes. That combination culminated in Maryland missing its last 11 shots of regulation.

North Carolina (7-6) furiously stormed back, slamming in seven straight goals in 10 1/2 minutes. Kellie Thompson's spinning move from the right wing tied the score at 15 with 4: 29 left in regulation.

"You could look at them and see the blank stares," Carolina midfielder Brooke Crawford said of the Terps. "They were in shock."

But the three-time defending national champions didn't exhibit much distress in overtime.

Adams ended a 20-minute Maryland drought when she scored off an Allison Comito feed just 42 seconds into overtime. Maryland extended the margin to 17-15 when it won the ensuing draw and Comito set up Jenkins 47 seconds later.

The Tar Heels did inch back to 18-17 with 1: 15 left on Erin McGinnis' sixth goal before Adams answered 31 seconds later.

"We just tried not to lose focus on what we were doing out there, not letting Carolina, the refs or the scoreboard get us down," said Adams, who has scored at least one point in 28 consecutive games.

"We wanted to focus on what we were doing, the things we could control out there. Well, it was a little bit of a shock for them coming back so quick. I guess at the same time, we knew it was in us to find that next level."

Maryland 8 7 4 -- 19

UNC 5 10 2 -- 17

Goals: M--Adams 7, Jenkins 5, Comito 3, Carney 2, Sommar 2; NC--McGinnis 6, Thompson 3, MacNair 2, Mohler 2, Off 2, Havrilla, Kickham. Assists: M--Adams 3, Comito 3, Carney 2, Egan; NC--Mohler 2, Off 2, Thompson 2, McGinnis. Saves: M--Kahoe 12; NC--Coyne 9, Castine.

No. 2 Virginia 10, No. 5 Duke 9: Francis Segarra made seven of her 10 saves in the second half, including a game-saving, one-on-one stop with seven seconds remaining, as the Cavaliers (12-3) held off the Blue Devils (10-4).

Virginia went on a 4-0 run midway through the first half to take a 5-1 lead. The Cavaliers maintained that lead and held a 10-7 margin with 5: 44 remaining after Jessica Hull's goal.

Duke scored twice late, closing within 10-9 on Kate Kaiser's goal with 32 seconds. The Blue Devils nearly sent the game into overtime, but Segarra turned away Courtney Rodgers' low shot.

Virginia 7 3 -- 10

Duke 4 5 -- 9

Goals: V--Haas 3, Hull 2, Mooney 2, Hook, Fromal, Taylor; D--Noble 3, Dirks 2, Kaiser 2, Rodgers 2. Assists: V--Hook 2, Hull, Haas, Sambus; D--Martin 3, Soulier, Gordon. Saves: V--Segarra 10; D--Chaney 11.

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