STORRS, Conn. – Senior Megan Frazer scored with 2:10 left, sending Maryland to its fifth consecutive semifinal match with a 2-1 win at third-seeded Connecticut on Sunday. Maryland (18-5) earned a spot in its 15th semifinal under head coach Missy Meharg.
“UConn is a tremendously well-coached team and they’re highly technical in terms of their individual players,” head coach Missy Meharg said. “I thought we sat back in the first half and tried to figure out what they were going to be like. The quality of the match picked up in the second half and it was an advantage for us. Megan Frazer is just a winner. She’s done it since her freshman year. I’m just so proud of the Maryland women for finding a way to win and get back to the [semifinals].”
UConn’s Chloe Hunnable put the Huskies (19-3) on the board first when she knocked one in off a penalty corner 10 minutes into the game.
With just under 12 minutes left in the first, junior Jill Witmer sent in a pass to freshman Alyssa Parker who was able to pop the tying goal past UConn keeper Sarah Mansfield’s head. After Parker’s score, the game stayed tied through halftime and most of the second half.
With 2:24 remaining in the game, Connecticut’s Alicia Angelini was given a yellow card for a hard defensive play on Katie Gerzabek. With the Terrapins up a player, Megan Frazer cracked a hard backhanded shot from the left of the circle to put Maryland up 2-1 with 2:10 to play.
Connecticut called a timeout after Frazer’s goal and pulled Mansfield out for an extra field player, but couldn’t got a shot off in the final two minutes.
Natalie Hunter recorded three saves in goal.
Maryland will take on Princeton on Friday at Old Dominion’s Powhatan Sports Complex.
Maryland is 53-16 all-time in NCAA tournament play for more tournament wins than any other school. They have advanced to 16 semifinals overall, 15 under Meharg.
The Terps have won five of the last seven NCAA titles (2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011) and have appeared in four consecutive NCAA title games.