Oct. 1, 2010

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Maryland field hockey team, ranked No. 1 in the latest Kookaburra / NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll, beat No. 3 Virginia 2-1 in overtime Friday night in Charlottesville. Redshirt junior goalkeeper Melissa Vassalotti and the defense led the Terps (9-1, 3-0 ACC) to their third ACC win of the year and handed the Cavaliers (9-1, 1-1 ACC) their first loss of the season.

In front of a crowd of over 500, Vassalotti had a career-high eight saves in her 74 minutes in goal. After Virginia's Paige Selenski scored in the game's sixth minute, the Maryland defensive unit shut down the Cavaliers for the rest of the game.

"I'm just so impressed with our deep defense. I think Ali McEvoy, Lauren Barr, Alicia Morawski and Harriet Tibble just really played great, solid defense," head coach Missy Meharg said. "The four of them played so strong."

"I am so proud of the women. Maryland is head strong. They believe they can win. To have that outcome here, in this environment, I'm very proud."

After the Cavs took the early lead, the Terrapins had nine penalty corners in the first half. Maryland's Jemma Buckley, playing against her sister, Elly, a Cavalier, put the Terrapins on the board in the 25th minute on a penalty corner setup from senior Katie O'Donnell and Tibble.

The game remained a defensive battle in the second half, forcing the Terps into their first overtime period of the season.

Virginia took control of the ball to start overtime and got a shot off early. Four minutes into overtime, O'Donnell scored on a backdoor pass from Buckley on a corner setup to give the Terrapins the win.

The Terrapins held the penalty corner advantage 12-6, as well as the saves advantage 9-7. Barr had a defensive save in the game. The Cavaliers outshot the Terps, 15-13. Virginia goalkeeper Kim Kastuk had five saves on the day and the Cavs had two defensive saves as well.

Up next, the Terps will head to Ann Arbor, Mich. to face the No. 19 Michigan Wolverines Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.