Maryland loses title game to N. Carolina in final seconds

November 23, 2009|By Sports Digest

Top-seeded Maryland lost the NCAA title game to third-seeded North Carolina, 3-2, on Danielle Forword's goal off a penalty corner with 11.7 seconds to play Sunday in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Tar Heels (20-2) earned their sixth NCAA championship and second in the past three years. Maryland (23-1), the defending champion, had beaten Carolina, 4-1, in Chapel Hill. The Terps led in shots 8-1 in a scoreless first half and got on the board seven minutes into the second half on a breakaway goal by Nicole Muracco. They led for the next 18 minutes until Forword tied it after Maryland's Alexis Pappas received a yellow card. Less than two minutes later, the Terps regained the lead when Megan Frazer scored on a penalty corner rebound. North Carolina coach Karen Shelton pulled goalkeeper Jackie Kintzer in favor of an additional field player, and the gamble paid off three minutes later when Illse Davids took a pass from Katelyn Falgowski and fired a reverse shot from the left-center of the circle past charging goalie Alison Grater. The winning goal, Forword's 17th of the season, was assisted by Falgowski and Caitlin Van Sickle on North Carolina's seventh penalty corner of the day. "We're disappointed, certainly, in not winning the national championship," Maryland coach Missy Meharg said. "We want to give a lot of credit to a very disciplined Carolina team."

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