Walter's OT goal sends Terps past defending champ ODU, 3-2

No. 1 Maryland to play Iowa in semifinal Friday

November 15, 1999|By Jeremy Bryant | Jeremy Bryant,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland sophomore Caroline Walter's goal 1: 43 into overtime yesterday sent the Terps' top-ranked field hockey team to the NCAA semifinals for the fifth time in school history with a 3-2 win over defending national champion Old Dominion.

Maryland (22-1) will travel to Northeastern University in Boston to play Iowa on Friday, seeking its third national title since 1987.

The victory set a school record for wins in a season with 22, eclipsing the mark of 21 set by the 1993 national champion.

Walter, the ACC Player of the Year, scored on a penalty corner. Rachel Hiskins hit the ball to Autumn Welsh. Walter took it from her, dribbled toward the goal and shot past goalie Mary Beth Freeman.

"[Coach] told me to dribble in and look for someone that's open. But nobody played me, so I took the shot," Walter said. "This is a special goal for me because it sends us to the final four and I get to see my parents in Boston."

Maryland took a 2-0 lead over No. 7 Old Dominion early in the second half on goals by Carissa Messimer and Carla Tagliente before the Monarchs got their offense going.

Messimer's goal came with 18: 34 remaining in the first half. She chipped the ball over an outstretched Freeman, off a defender and into the net. Tagliente's score came 10: 34 into the second half off a pass from Hiskins.

Old Dominion (17-6) cut into the lead with a goal by Marina DiGiacomo, the Colonial Athletic Association's Player of the Year. The Monarchs tied the game with 11: 02 left in regulation when Ashleigh Miller scored off a pass from DiGiacomo.

Maryland coach Missy Meharg said her team showed how focused it was by winning despite losing the lead.

"It's emotional when you go up 2-0, then the other team put you in that situation [where they come back]," Meharg said. "There was so much confidence in the huddle [between regulation and overtime]. You could just look into their eyes and see the intensity."

Walter said she knew her team would prevail, just as she did in the Terps' two other overtime games this season, including a 2-1 win over Wake Forest for the ACC title.

No. 4 Iowa earned its berth in the semifinals with a 2-1 win over No. 8 North Carolina.

Goals: ODDiGiacomo, Miller; MMessimer, Tagliente, Walter. Assists: ODDiGiacomo, Miller; MHiskins, Welsh. Saves: ODFreeman 12; MHohnstine 6. Half: M, 1-0.

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