Caroline Walter scored 1 minute 43 seconds into overtime to lift the Maryland field hockey team to a 3-2 victory over defending national champion Old Dominion yesterday in a second-round NCAA tournament game at AstroTurf Field in College Park.
The top-ranked Terrapins will play Iowa in a national semifinal game Friday at Northeastern University. Maryland's last appearance in the final four was in 1995.
"I felt with the quality of our performance and the way we were playing, I didn't expect this game to go into overtime," Maryland Coach Missy Meharg said.
The Terrapins took the lead yesterday when freshman forward Carissa Messimer scored off a rebound with 18:34 left before halftime. Junior Carla Tagliente made it 2-0 with just over 29 minutes left.
But the Monarchs' Marina DiGiacomo, a junior forward, scored off a penalty corner with 25:40 left. Ashleigh Miller tied it with 11:02 left when she took a pass on the left side of the goal and fired a shot past goalkeeper Ashley Hohnstine.
That set the stage for Walter, the Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year. She took a pass from sophomore Autumn Welsh and knocked a shot past diving goalkeeper Mary Beth Freeman.
ACC Soccer Title for Duke
In Winston-Salem, N.C., junior substitute Stephen Pate bounced in a sliding shot in the 129th minute to give second-ranked Duke a 2-1 victory over Virginia in triple overtime and its first Atlantic Coast Conference men's soccer title.
Pate's goal came off a cross-field pass from Dwayne Harris. The Cavaliers had advanced to the final after finishing seventh in the conference during the regular season.
Duke took a 1-0 lead nine minutes into the game, when ACC player of the year Ali Curtis scored.
Three minutes into the second half, Virginia was even on the counterattack. Forward Sheldon Barnes gathered the ball on the right and centered for a streaking Kyle Martino, the ACC rookie of the year, who carried into the area and easily beat goalkeeper Jeff Haywood with a right-footed shot.
-- Bo Ketner
MEN'S SOCCER: Second-seeded Connecticut posted a 2-0 victory over fifth-seeded Georgetown (11-9-1) to win the Big East tournament in Storrs, Conn. The Huskies (16-4) get an automatic bid by winning the league title. . . . No. 5 seed William & Mary defeated No. 2 seed Virginia Commonwealth, 4-2, to win the Colonial Athletic Association tournament. . . . No. 11 UMBC defeated host Lafayette, 6-5, on penalty kicks after a scoreless draw in an NCAA tournament play-in game. The Retrievers will enter the main draw, to be announced tonight. . . .
Prince George's Community College fell to Macomb (Mich.), 4-1, in the consolation match of the NJCAA Division III tournament in Garden City, N.Y. PGCC's goal was scored by Machel Milwood, who was named to the NJCAA all-American team. Herkimer (N.Y.) defeated Holyoke (Mass.), 2-0, in the final.
WOMEN'S SOCCER: Kelly Convey scored with 13:35 left in regulation to lift sixth-seeded Penn State (19-3-1) to a 3-2 win over unseeded Maryland in the second round of the NCAA tournament. Lindsay Basalyga scored both goals for Maryland (11-10-1). . . . Angela Hucles scored two goals in Virginia's 3-1 win over James Madison. The Cavaliers advanced to the third round, where they will host Hartford on Saturday at 2 p.m. . . . William & Mary beat Duke, 3-0, at Christopher Newport University, advancing to a third-round game Saturday at North Carolina.
VOLLEYBALL: Notre Dame defeated visiting Georgetown, 1-15, 11-15, 15-7, 15-6, 17-15, to win the Big East regular season title.