Maryland tops Syracuse in OT thriller
Tibble’s first goal of season propels Terrapins into NCAA semis
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Junior Harriet Tibble sent No. 4 Maryland (17-4) to its fourth consecutive NCAA tournament semifinal appearance on Sunday afternoon with her game-winning goal in the Terrapins 2-1 overtime victory against third-ranked Syracuse (19-4).
With 1:34 left in the first overtime period, Tibble drilled in her first goal of the year off of a corner inserted by Megan Frazer for the win.
"This is just an amazing team in the way we have grown in the final few weeks from the level of our training, to performance under pressure, and our emotional trust in each other," Maryland head coach Missy Meharg said.
"I am so proud of the team, and on behalf of the staff, it has been an incredibly interesting season. To be in the position of playing our very best hockey at the most critical time in the year is such a tribute to the players."
After nearly 56 minutes of scoreless play, freshman Katie Gerzabek put the Terrapins on the board. Janessa Pope found her along the sideline and sent her the ball across the circle where Gerzabek finish it off to give Maryland a 1-0 lead.
Less than seven minutes later, Syracuse's Kelsey Millman tallied the equalizer when she tipped in a ball from Heather Susek in front of the goal to bring the score to 1-1.
The Terps outshot the Orange 11-5 and had seven corners to the Orange's four on the day. Syracuse goalkeeper Leann Stiver made three saves while Maryland keeper Melissa Vassalotti recorded one.