National Championship Maryland 1, Duke
Maryland 1, Duke 0
LOUISVILLE, KY -- Senior Jackie Ciconte's goal at the 26:26 mark of the first half was the difference as the No. 1 University of Maryland claimed the 2005 NCAA Division I Field Hockey championship with a 1-0 victory over No. 4 Duke University Sunday at Trager Stadium in Louisville, Ky.
Countering after a Blue Devil shot, Ciconte gathered the ball and dribbled in from 25 yards out and beat Duke senior keeper Christy Floyd for the matches' only goal.
The 1-0 score set a mark for the lowest scoring output in a championship match, and the teams combined 15 total shots also set a title match low mark.
Maryland (23-2) was strong out of the gate, peppering the Duke (18-5) cage with five shots in the first 10 minutes of the match including Ciconte's goal. The Terrapins held an 8-2 shot advantage in the opening frame.
The Blue Devils weren't without opportunities however, and had their best scoring chance when senior Katie Grant's shot from four yards away off a penalty corner was just wide at the 15:37 mark of the first half.
Duke pressed the attack through the midpoint of the second half, coming away with four penalty corner chances. However, the Blue Devils were unable to convert against a stingy Maryland defense which allowed only five shots on the afternoon.
Following a Duke timeout with 10:15 remaining, the Terrapin defense locked down the Blue Devils as Maryland didn't allow another Duke scoring opportunity.
With the win, Maryland claimed its fourth national championship, and first since 1999. The title is the third for Terrapins coach Missy Meharg. It was the third consecutive loss in the championship match for Duke, as well as its third defeat of the season at the hands of the Terrapins.
Five Maryland players were named to the All-Tournament team. Joining Ciconte were seniors Emily Beach, Paula Infante, Lauren Powley and Tiffany Marsh. They were joined on the squad by Duke seniors Nicole Dudek, Katie Grant, Christy Morgan and freshman Laura Suchoski as well as Old Dominion senior Janelle Engle and Wake Forest junior Lauren Crandall.
-- Courtesy Louisville