No. 1 Maryland Edges Out No. 19 Michigan
Oct. 3, 2010
Courtesy of Maryland
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The Maryland field hockey team (10-1, 3-0 ACC), ranked No. 1 in the latest Kookaburra / NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll, beat No. 19 Michigan (7-5, 2-0 Big Ten) 4-3 Sunday afternoon to give head coach Missy Meharg career win 400.
Senior Katie O'Donnell notched her sixth career hat trick Sunday afternoon. She struck early, in the first minute of the game, as she capitalized on a turnover by the Wolverines to put the Terps on the board. Less than three minutes later, Michigan's Alicia Mayer evened the score.
Just under nine minutes in, O'Donnell scored again to give Maryland a 2-1 lead. Sophomore Hayley Turner dished it to O'Donnell from five yards out for the score. In the game's 21st minute, junior Jemma Buckley scored on a penalty corner setup from sophomores Harriet Tibble and Janessa Pope to give the Terps a 3-1 lead at the break.
The Wolverines' Bryn Bain made the score 3-2 four minutes into the second half with a shot from 10 yards out. O'Donnell answered four minutes later on an assist by freshman Ali McEvoy. Michigan's Rachael Mack scored with three minutes left in the game to finalize the score at 4-3.
Sunday's win gives Meharg a record of 400-102-9 over her 23 years at the helm of the Maryland program. Her career winning percentage of .792 is second-highest among all active NCAA Division I coaches. She is the tenth coach in NCAA history to break the 400-win mark.
Freshman Natalie Hunter started in goal for the Terrapins. She notched three saves on the day.
The Terps out shot the Wolverines, 12-9 and held the advantage in penalty corners, 7-6.