Nov. 21, 2010

 

By Jeff Seidel
Special to NCAA.com

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -
When asked to describe the shot she took that gave Maryland the 2010 NCAA Division I womens field hockey national championship, Megan Frazer hesitated and then giggled.

The reason - she just couldnt remember very much about it.

But one thing Frazer knew for sure was that her shot went in to give No. 1 Maryland a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over No. 2 North Carolina with two minutes, 10 seconds left in the second period of sudden-death overtime before an overflow crowd at Marylands Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex Sunday afternoon.

Maryland (23-1) now has won four national titles in the last six seasons. North Carolina (22-3) won it the two years that the Terrapins didnt. The Terrapins now have won seven national titles, and the Tar Heels also were trying for their seventh.

North Carolina captured the crown last year, beating Maryland 3-2 on a goal with 11.9 seconds left in regulation, and the Terrapins have very sharp memories of what happened that day in Winston-Salem, N.C.

I just have a picture in my mind of them winning last year,” Frazer said. I just wanted it to be us so much this year. And we did it.”

But it wasnt easy.

Maryland took an early lead on a goal from Hayley Turner 4:31 into the game after a penalty corner. But North Carolina bounced back to score twice off of penalty corners of their own, one coming with 30 seconds left in the first half on a Meghan Dawson shot, the other on a Marta Malmberg shot.

Malmbergs goal gave the Tar Heels a 2-1 lead with 28:57 left in regulation. Maryland had been flat offensively until that point, when the Terrapins began to pressure North Carolina more and more.

Maryland finally tied it on a Harriet Tibble shot with 7:25 left in regulation. Tibble made scored on a reverse after a re-start.

The game went into overtime, where the Terrapins dominated play in the 7-on-7 format. Katie ODonnell set up the winning play by making a steal, and pushing the ball to Frazer, who ripped a shot past North Carolina goalie Jackie Kintzer (nine saves) as the
overtime was winding down.

They beat us with 11.9 seconds left,” ODonnell said of the 2009 championship. I will always remember that time. This year, I know that we won with two minutes, 10 seconds left in overtime on an amazing shot on an amazing field in an amazing environment.”

North Carolina coach Karen Shelton said she hoped her team would make it to the end of overtime when the game wouldve gone to penalty strokes.

I thought both teams fought extremely hard,” Shelton said. We just fell a little bit short at the end. Congratulations to Maryland.”

At some point, Frazer will probably remember how she got that winning goal. For now, though, the memory is obscured by the bigger victory.

Im blank on it,” she said with a laugh. All I remember is connecting with the ball and seeing it how it hit the backboard. I just remember feeling it hit my stick and then seeing it hit backboard and not having to run any more.”