CHAPEL HILL, N.C., NOV. 22 -- This was what the University of Maryland's field hockey team dreamed about for three weeks. Junior midfielder Kim Turner's second goal of the game was a 25-yard shot that deflected off defender Leslie Lyness' stick and over goalkeeper Kathy Mulvey 3:11 into overtime today. It gave the second-ranked Terrapins a 2-1 victory over top-ranked North Carolina and made them NCAA champions.

The victory gave Maryland (18-4-1) its first national field hockey title and redemption for its 5-0 loss to the Tar Heels in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament final here on Nov. 1.

"They killed us in the ACCs," said Turner, whose penalty hit goal with 13:23 remaining in regulation tied today's game. "All I could remember was their coach saying after that game, 'With a team like Maryland, this could come back to haunt us.' "

For the Tar Heels (19-2), it did, primarily because of the spectacular play of Maryland goalkeeper Kim Chorosiewski.

The senior tri-captain, who was the goalkeeper for the Terrapins' 1986 national championship women's lacrosse team, was sensational. She made 16 saves, 10 in a first half during which North Carolina had a 14-3 advantage in shots and a 9-2 advantage in penalty corners. During one two-minute stretch she made six saves, turning the Tar Heels away on four penalty corners.

"We kept knocking on the door," said Shelton, whose team outscored its opponents, 80-14, this season. "She {Chorosiewski}) wouldn't let us in."

"Kim's played some great games," Maryland Coach Sue Tyler said, "but this by far was the best."

"Once we survived the first half with a scoreless tie," Chorosiewski said, "we knew we had a chance."

North Carolina took a 1-0 lead on Lori Bruney's goal off a penalty corner with 21:20 left in regulation. However, the Tar Heels were unable to build any momentum.

"We learned this year that we could come from behind," junior back Jessica Wilk said. "Their goal made us play harder."

Wilk's drive off a penalty corner went past Mulvey, but back Tracey Yurgin stopped the ball with her feet, giving Maryland the penalty hit.

"This is great," Chorosiewski said. "After the 5-0 game, this is what we wanted more than anything -- to beat them the next time." Maryland 0 1 1 2 North Carolina 0 1 0 1

GOALS -- Md.: Turner (penalty hit), 56:37; 73:11; UNC: L. Bruney, 48:40.

ASSISTS -- UNC: Blaisse.

SHOTS -- Md. 9, UNC 26.


SAVES -- Md.: Chorosiewski, 16; UNC: Mulvey, 5.