Old Dominion, Maryland Advance To Second Round Of NCAA Field Hockey Championships

November 16, 2002
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Nov. 16, 2002

Final Stats

NORFOLK, VA -- The Old Dominion Lady Monarchs (20-3) scored within minutes of the opening whistle and Maryland Terrapins (17-4) needed overtime to advance to second round action in the NCAA Field Hockey Tournament on a rainy Foreman Field.

The top ranked Lady Monarchs reach the second round of NCAA Tournament action for the ninth straight year with a 5-1 victory over the Richmond Spiders(17-7), who made their first ever NCAA Tournament appearance. Fifth ranked Maryland makes its 13th appearance in the second round with a 2-1 overtime win over #16 William and Mary (12-9). It was the Tribe's second trip to the NCAA's, also making the tournament in 2000.

In the opening game, the Lady Monarchs raced out to a 2-0 lead within the first minute and a half of the opening whistle. Freshman forward Rosalinda Banuelos (Escondido, CA) scored a mere 43 seconds into the game and under a minute later senior midfielder Tiffany Snow (Escondido, CA) sailed in the eventual game-winner on one of her game-high three goals. Snow, the CAA Tournament MVP and Player of the Year, would also round out the half converting a penalty stroke, giving Old Dominion a 3-0 lead at the half.

Senior midfielder Tara Herrmann (Perskasie, PA) extended the Lady Monarch lead to 3-0 with 23:46 remaining, but Richmond quickly charged downfield after the push to thwart a possible Old Dominion shutout. Senior forward Sandeep Kaur (Salford, England) passed to classmate Melissa Yuppa (Fairfield, NJ) at the right side of the Old Dominion net shooting the ball past Lady Monarch netminder Marybeth Freeman (Holland, PA). Snow then gave the Lady Monarchs their fifth goal and her third of the afternoon on a penalty corner with five minutes remaining.

Freeman ended the afternoon with three saves, while Richmond's rookie Michelle Swartz (Severna Park, MD) recorded seven stops in the loss.

Old Dominion outshot the Spiders 16-6, allowing Richmond to fire off just one shot in the first half of play. The Lady Monarchs also out cornered Richmond 13-2.

First round action continued, as did the rain, on Foreman Field with Maryland using overtime to defeat William and Mary 2-1.

The Tribe and Terps went back and forth through the opening half until freshman forward Jackie Ciconte (Wilmington, DE) from sophomore Colleen Barbieri (Centerreach, NY) with 13:11 on the clock gave Maryland a 1-0 lead.

Maryland fired away on the Tribe net 14 times in the second half, but the William and Mary defense, behind eight second half saves by goalkeeper senior Claire Miller (Va. Beach, VA) and two defensive saves by sophomore Anna Davis (Richmond, VA), managed to stop the Terps from scoring. With time ticking away in the second half, the Tribe was awarded their lone penalty corner of the second half with 8:37 remaining. Senior Ann Ekberg (Va. Beach, VA) passed the ball to sophomore Kate Baird (Lismore, Australia) waiting at the left side of the Terp net to tie the game at 1-1.

With just under ten minutes remaining in the first overtime session, senior midfielder Carissa Messimer (Mountaintop, PA) found the open hole off a penalty corner to record the golden goal for the Terps.

Miller made 11 saves in net for the Tribe, while rookie Tori Cano (Sea Cliff, NY) made three saves and played all 83 minutes in her second career start.

Maryland outshot the Tribe 20-3 and out cornered William & Mary 15-3.

Old Dominion and Maryland will face each other for the third time this season. Old Dominion holds the all-time series advantage 19-10-1. The Terps took a 2-0 victory in their first meeting back on September 8th, but the Lady Monarchs avenged the loss with a 1-0 home win on October 19th. Maryland has not defeated Old Dominion on Foreman Field since 1996. Game time is slated for 2:00 p.m.