UM wins ACC title in field hockey

Rowe seals victory vs. No. 1 Wake, 3-2



College Park -- Susie Rowe drove in the winning goal off a defensive rebound at the top of the circle with 41.1 seconds left to give the No. 3 Maryland field hockey team a 3-2 win over top- ranked Wake Forest yesterday in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game.

"I just tried to hit it in as hard as I could. I love to score, and it just worked out today," said Rowe, a freshman defender.

Coach Missy Meharg won her 300th game, and the Terps (19-2) won their sixth title, their first since 2001.

"I think it's good luck," Meharg said about earning the milestone with a title win. "It's just nice to get a championship for our seniors."

Despite holding the advantage in penalty corners (10-4), the Terps' defense came up with big defensive plays to frustrate a potent Wake Forest offense. Goalkeeper Kathryn Masson anchored the defense with eight saves on 19 shots.

Janneke van Leeuwen scored off a Rowe pass in the beginning of the first half to give Maryland the early lead.

Christine Suggs tied the game on a penalty corner in the first half for the Demon Deacons (19-1). But Jackie Ciconte scored with 1:36 remaining in the first half to give the Terps a 2-1 halftime lead.

Rowe, who scored twice in Friday's win over Duke to reach the final, was named the tournament's most valuable player. Rowe, Paula Infante and Lauren Powley were named to the All-Tournament team. The 1,306 fans in attendance set a record at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.

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