The No. 2 Terps advanced to the field hockey Final Four with a dramatic 3-2 shootout victory over No. 8 Syracuse on Sunday in College Park. It is the team’s second year in a row to advance to the NCAA Semifinals and their 21st such appearance in 35 seasons under head coach Missy Meharg.
The teams were even at 2-2 after five rounds of the shootout, sending it to extra frames. Hope Rose scored to put the Terps up before Syracuse's Charlotte deVries shot wide to give the Terps the win.
Goalie Paige Kieft, who didn't play in regulation or overtime, came on for the shootout. After allowing Syracuse to score the first two goals to take a 2-0 lead, she did not allow a goal in the final four frames to secure the 3-2 edge in the shootout.
Emma DeBerdine had tied the game at 1-1 early in the fourth quarter after Syracuse's defense thwarted the Terps' powerful offense to that point.
Freshman Sophie Klautz then scored what looked to be the game-winning goal with 5:40 left in regulation on an assist from DeBerdine, putting Maryland ahead 2-1. But Syracuse answered just over a minute later as Eefke van den Nieuwenhof converted a penalty corner to tie the game and send the Terps to overtime for their second consecutive NCAA Tournament game.
The third-seeded Terps (19-3 overall), hunting for their ninth NCAA Tournament championship, will now head to Storrs, Conn., for a matchup against No. 2-seeded Northwestern on Friday.
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