Maryland to play for NCAA title

Field hockey

November 19, 2005

The top-ranked and top-seeded Maryland field hockey team never trailed in its NCAA tournament semifinal game, claiming a 3-2 victory over perennial power and No. 3 Old Dominion last night at Trager Stadium in Louisville, Ky.

The Terps (22-2) attacked early and often, attempting 17 shots in the game, eight in the first half. But the defense was even better, limiting the Lady Monarchs (19-6) to just six shots for the game, including just one in the first period.

With the score tied at 1-1 early in the second half, the Terps' Janneke van Leeuwen scored on a penalty corner off an assist from Paula Infante at the 26:22 mark of the second half to give Maryland a 2-1 lead.

Several minutes later, Jackie Ciconte gathered a rebound off a shot by van Leeuwan and netted a crucial insurance goal with 7:11 remaining to extend the Terps'advantage to 3-1.

It was the third meeting between the teams this season, with each team winning on the other's field.

Maryland will face No. 4 Duke tomorrow for the national title at 12:30 p.m. The Blue Devils defeated No. 2 Wake Forest, 3-2, yesterday. The Terps will be looking for their fourth title.

Salisbury 3, Ursinus 2 -- Ashley Twigg scored the game-winner on a rebound with less than four minutes left as the Sea Gulls tied the NCAA Division III tournament record for consecutive victories (11) with a national semifinal win over the Bears at Washington and Lee University. Salisbury (20-1), winner of the past two Division III national championships, tied the winning streak of the College of New Jersey (1990-92). The Sea Gulls will face Messiah today in the championship game at 1 p.m.

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