#1 Maryland Wins 10th ACC Title
MARYLAND TERRAPINS field hockey team won its 10th Atlantic Coast Conference championship. Anna Dessoye, a graduate of Crestwood High School, scored with 26 minutes to go in the game.
 

The  top-ranked  Maryland  field  hockey  team  scored  twice  in  the  second  half  Sunday  to  win  its  10th

 Atlantic  Coast  Conference  championship.  Tournament  MVP  Jill  Witmer

 scored  four  minutes  into  the  second  half,  then  with  26  minutes  to  go,

 Anna  Dessoye,  of  Mountaintop,  sent  in  a  shot  off  a  rebound  for  the  two-

goal  lead. Maryland  (20-1)  won  its  10th  ACC  title,  all  of  which  have  come  under  head  coach  Missy  Meharg.  The  Terps  last

 won  three  straight  in  2008,  2009  and  2010.  Witmer  was  joined  on  the  All-ACC  Team  by  Hayley  Turner,  Ali

 McEvoy  and  Sarah  Sprink. Due  to  a  yellow  card  assessed  to  the

 Terrapins  in  the  final  10  minutes  of  the  game  and  the  Tar  Heels  (15-5)  pulling

 their  keeper  for  an  extra  field  player,  the  Terrapin  defense  dug  deep  and

 completely  shut  down  the  Heels’  threatening  offense.

“In  the  beginning  of  the  game,  we  fell  away  a  lot,  so  the  momentum  went

 toward  North  Carolina,”  Meharg

 said.  “When  we  settled  in  and

 really  started  passing,  it  was  evident  that  we  were  in  control  of  the  game.  There  are  10  field  players  for  each  team  and  Maryland  used  all

 10  all  the  time.  We’re  just  so  proud  of  our  team.  Their  patience,  their  footwork  around  the  ball,  their  communication

 to  protect  each  other  was  outstanding.”

The  Tar  Heels  controlled  the  first  five  minutes  of  the  game  offensively,  but

 the  Terrapins,  who  have  the  nation’s  best  offense,  controlled  the  rest  of  the  first  half.  They  outshot  the

 Heels,  6-2,  in  the  scoreless  first  period.

Right  off  the  bat  in  the  second  half,  the

 Terrapins  had  three  opportunities  to

 get  on  the  board.  Witmer  gave  them  the  1-0  lead  just  over  four  minutes  into  the  second  half.  Turner  sent

 her  a  pass  from  the  baseline  for  a

 point-blank  shot  and  she  tucked  a  high  shot  over  the  goalie.

With  26  minutes  to  go,  sophomore  Dessoye,  a  graduate  of  Crestwood  High

 School,   made  it  a  two-goal  lead  for  the  Terrapins  after  she  buried  in  Ali  McEvoy’s  rebounded  shot  on  a  penalty  corner.

North  Carolina  pulled  its  goalkeeper  Sassi  Ammer  out  of  goal  for  an  extra  field  player  after  a  timeout  with  13:22  to  play.  The  Terrapins  were  assessed  a  five-minute  yellow  card  with  eight  minutes  to  play,  so  the

 Heels  held  an  advantage  of  two  field  players.  The  Heels  took  five  of  their  eight  shots  in  that  time  period,  but

 the  Terrapin  defense  made  stops.  All-ACC  goalkeeper  Natalie  Hunter  made

 both  of  her  saves  on  the  day  in  that  time  frame.

For  information  on  the  Terps’  game  time  and  opponent  in  the  NCAA  Tournament,  log  on  to  umterps.com.

The  Terrapins  are  the  unanimous  No.  1  in  both  the  Penn  Monto/

NFHCA  Division  I  National  Coaches  poll  and  the  latest  NCAA  RPI  rankings

 released  Nov.  5.  The  Terps  have  held  the  top  spot  in  both  polls  since  early  October.