Top 10 Roundup
Fluharty, Witmer score late goals to lift top-ranked Maryland
No. 1 Maryland 2, No. 4 Syracuse 1 (OT)
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Maryland came back in the final minute of regulation and went on to beat Syracuse 2-1 in overtime in an action-packed matchup at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex on Friday night.
After defensive stops in the final two minutes of regulation, junior Maxine Fluharty took it the length of the field and scored with 49 seconds to play as her shot rolled through Orange goalkeeper Jess Jecko’s legs. Just 2:37 into the 7-on-7 overtime, senior Jill Witmer sent in the game winner. Maryland moved to 15-0 overall and 4-0 in ACC play.
“This was the fastest team we’ve played so far in College Park,” Maryland head coach Missy Meharg said. “Syracuse was very, very spirited. They have a lot of different weapons. It was a very even game. Maryland just has a way mentally, when we have an opportunity to set a new tempo or set a new play, to really step up and follow the game plan. One of them was to play man to man and I thought we did a great job at that.”
Despite a scoreless first half, the Terrapins outshot the Orange (12-2, 2-2 ACC) 7-5 with both teams having multiple chances to get on the board. Due to back-to-back yellow cards given to the Orange, Maryland was up two players for almost the entire last five minutes of the first half. The Terrapins kept a one-player advantage for the first 4:53 of the second half as well.
Still, neither team could get on the board. Syracuse opened a 1-0 lead with 21:01 to play when Karlee Farr tucked one in behind Terps goalkeeper Natalie Hunter from the left post.
Meharg called timeout with 9:57 to play and Maryland still down by one. With 5:25 to go, she pulled Hunter out of goal in favor of an extra field player. Maryland had two penalty corners in the next three minutes and couldn’t capitalize. Syracuse took it back the other way and drew back-to-back penalty corners, while Maryland had no goalie to defend them, in the final two minutes. Fluharty came out of the cage and made stops on both corners. On the second, she took it all the way the other way and cracked a hard shot from way out that went in to force overtime.
Maryland rode the momentum into the overtime period and Witmer deflected in Ali McEvoy’s shot for the win in the 73rd minute.
The Terps outshot the Orange, 18-13. Hunter picked up six saves and Jecko had eight for the Orange.
No. 2 Connecticut 5, Georgetown 0
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Marie Elena Bolles notched the first hat trick of her career, scoring all three goals in a 5:14 span, to lead Connecticut to a 5-0 victory against Georgetown on Friday afternoon. With the win, UConn improves to 13-1 on the year and 5-0 in conference play. The Hoyas slip to 2-12 overall, 0-5 in the loop.
Bolles is the seventh Husky all time to record a hat trick and she joins teammates Anne Jeute and Chloe Hunnable in the record book. Bolles, who recorded her 100th career point last week, is now second on the team with 12 goals and 31 points.
UConn took a lead it would not relinquish at the 18:55 mark. Mckenzie Townsend found herself with the ball deep in the Georgetown circle and took a shot that was saved by Hoyas goalie Rasalie Nolen. Nolen was unable to clear the ball though and Townsend controlled the rebound and found the back of the net with her second attempt.
Jeute gave the Huskies some insurance when she followed Townsend with a goal seven minutes later. Jeute was able to corral the rebound off an Olivia Bolles shot and punch it past Nolen, giving UConn a 2-0 lead.
Bolles’ three goals came in rapid fashion at 40:57, 44:09 and 46:11. The first two scores came off penalty corner opportunities and the third came thanks to a cross from Jeute. Bolles, a Meerbusch, Germany native, is now fourth on the team with seven assists and 24 points.
No. 6 Syracuse 4, No. 8 Duke 3
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Virginia defeated Duke 4-3 on Friday night at Turf Field in Charlottesville.
Senior Elly Buckley logged a hat trick on senior day. Freshman Lucy Hyams had three assists, including setting up two of Buckley's goals.
Virginia took 18 shots in the game, 11 on goal, while Duke managed six shots, five on goal.
Buckley, one of eight Cavalier seniors honored in the post-game senior day ceremony, moved into third place on the Cavalier career points list with her six points in the game, giving her 179 in her career. Buckley, who has 46 points this season on 20 goals and six assists, leads the ACC in both points and goals.
Hyams and Tata are now tied for second on the team with 20 points. Tata's goal was her 10th of the season. Hyams now has 10 assists with five goals.
No. 10 Massachusetts 7, La Salle 1
AMHERST, Mass. -- Massachusetts freshmen midfielders Charlotte Verelst and Izzie Delario recorded a goal each during the opening minutes to spearhead the UMass offense in its 7-1 victory against La Salle at Garber Field on Friday afternoon. Brooke Sabia --- who earned a pair of goals and an assist -- Lauren Allymohamed, Hailey Cockrum and Renee Suter joined Verelst and Delario in the scoring column.
Delario added a helper to net three points on the day while Lindsay Bowman, Alyssa Ineson, Hannah Prince and Alexa Sikalis also netted an assist each to facilitate the attack against La Salle.
The Maroon and White tallied a 33-6 lead in shots and 19-5 edge in on-target attempts. UMass also led in penalty corners, 16-2 while goalkeeper Sam Carlino tallied four saves for her 25th collegiate victory.