Maryland 1, Duke 0

The top-seeded Maryland field hockey team defeated Duke, 1-0, in the NCAA championship game in Louisville yesterday. The Terps won behind a defense that allowed just two goals in its four NCAA tournament games. It is Maryland's fourth national field hockey title.

The third-seeded Blue Devils (18-5), one of the nation's top offensive teams, managed five shots to Maryland's 10. Maryland goalie Kathryn Masson did not need to make a single save.

"Quite honestly, they're the best offensive team in the nation, and our defense was outrageous," said Terps Coach Missy Meharg, who won her third national title in 18 years. "That old slogan, 'Defense wins championships,' we've been saying it all year. And it held true for us today."

Senior Jackie Ciconte scored her 20th goal of the season less than nine minutes into the game, faking Duke goalie Christy Morgan to the ground and then shooting into an open net.

Maryland (23-2) recorded its eighth shutout of the season, while Duke was blanked for just the second time, both coming against the Terps.

"We played like in any other game, we played our style," Maryland senior defender Emily Beach said.

Maryland dedicated the victory to Sabrina Salam, a former all-American and member of the 1993 championship team who died in a car accident last spring.