Over the past two years, Rachel Hiskins has developed a knack for scoring the winning goal in the Maryland field hockey team's victories over Virginia. Yesterday, Hiskins did it again, although when she scored, she didn't think the goal would be so important.

The third-ranked Terrapins dominated the first half, scoring three times -- the last on a shot by Hiskins, a junior midfielder from Australia. Maryland ended up needing that goal, as the eighth-ranked Cavaliers scored twice in the second half before falling, 3-2, at AstroTurf Field in College Park.

Maryland (11-1 overall, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) started the season ranked No. 1, but lost to Old Dominion, 5-3, in its third game Sept. 4. Since then the Terrapins have reeled off nine consecutive victories, the past three against ACC teams.

The Terrapins had added incentive yesterday because the Cavaliers eliminated them in the first round of the NCAA tournament last season, 5-1. A week before that game, Hiskins scored the winning goal in overtime as Maryland beat Virginia, 1-0, in the ACC tournament final.

Yesterday the Terrapins were at their best early. Freshman forward Carissa Messimer scored in the fourth minute off an assist from Keli Smith, and junior back Molly Kauffman tipped in a pass from Hiskins in the 26th minute. Hiskins then scored off a pass from Smith on a corner at the end of the half.

"I thought it would be just another goal," said Hiskins, who leads the Terrapins in scoring with 13 goals and 18 assists.

But Virginia controlled the second half, with senior forward Meredith Elwell scoring two goals. The Cavaliers (7-3, 0-2) had a corner at the end of the game, but Smith blocked it to clinch the Terrapins' win.

"We may have been a little soft at the start of the second half," Maryland Coach Missy Meharg said. "We played our way into some smart hockey at the end." . . .

Freshmen Magdalena Aguilar and Erin Whiteside scored two goals apiece to lead American (6-5, 2-2) to a lopsided, 6-0 victory over Virginia Commonwealth (1-8, 0-3) at Georgetown.

American scored five first-half goals and outshot Virginia Commonwealth, 24-6.

MEN'S SOCCER: Ricardo Capilla and Kevin Jeffrey scored first-half goals to give unranked Virginia Commonwealth a 2-1 upset win over No. 9 Maryland in College Park. Jason Cropley scored for the Terrapins, who were the top-ranked team in the nation earlier in the season. They now stand at 7-3; Virginia Commonwealth improved to 7-1-1. . . .

Georgetown sophomore Kenny Owens (Wilson) redirected Kevin Shaw's (Roosevelt) corner kick into the Boston College (3-4-1) net with 1 minute 24 seconds remaining to lead Georgetown (5-4-1) to a 1-0 victory, its fourth straight win at Harbin Field. Georgetown's goal came after a half of sustained pressure that yielded seven corner kicks and a 7-1 advantage in shots on goal. . . .

Adam Rosen scored with 1:45 remaining in the first overtime to give American a 2-1 win over James Madison in Harrisonburg, Va. A pass from the end line was deflected by JMU goalkeeper Billy DuRoss, and Rosen knocked the rebound into the net from about five yards out. The Eagles improved to 3-5-0, 1-1-0 in the Colonial Athletic Association. James Madison fell to 7-2-1, 1-1-0. . . .

Senior Jimmy Tanner scored twice to lead Old Dominion past host George Mason, 4-0. The victory was the second straight for the Monarchs (6-2, 2-0) and snapped a seven-game losing streak against George Mason (4-6-1, 0-2). Tanner scored in the 38th and 51st minutes. . . .

Navy fell to 4-4-1, 1-1-0 in the Patriot League with a 1-0 loss to Holy Cross in Annapolis. Jeff Carroll scored the game-winner in the 79th minute.

WOMEN'S SOCCER: American senior forward Sarah Rosen scored twice and added two assists to lead the Eagles (5-5) to a 4-1 victory over visiting Howard (1-7). Rosen scored in the 27th and 28th minutes, and also assisted on two scores by junior Ashley Flanigan. . . .

Avery Willis forced overtime with a goal in the 82nd minute and scored the game-winner in the 102nd minute as William & Mary defeated Maryland, 3-2, in Williamsburg. Emily Janss gave the Terrapins the lead in the seventh minute and Kim King made it 2-0 with a 43rd-minute goal, but the Tribe (8-2) responded with two second-half goals.

Ali Wolff had six saves for the Terrapins, who fell to 3-7-1.