COLLEGE PARK -- The Maryland field hockey team had imagined a different ending.
Sure, the No. 3 Terps had lost twice to top-ranked North Carolina in overtime this season, and the Tar Heels haven't allowed a goal in overtime this year. But this time, the Terps had controlled the second half and entered overtime on an emotional high.
Then Kate Barber scored nine minutes into overtime to give the Tar Heels a 3-2 win and the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championship, and Maryland just stood still.
No crying. No shouting. No reaction at all.
"I'm just paralyzed," said Sara Salam, who scored both Maryland goals. "I'm shocked we lost. We didn't deserve to lose."
Three of the Terps' four losses this season have come against the Tar Heels. Maryland (17-4) also hasn't defeated North Carolina since winning the national championship against it in 1993.
The most puzzling part for the Terps is how quickly their momentum disappeared.
After Kim Schroll scored with 14:17 remaining in the game to put North Carolina ahead, 2-1, the Terps rebounded quickly. The Terps answered 32 seconds later when Salam tied the game by converting a penalty stroke and continually chipped at the Tar Heels' defense.
But in overtime, it was North Carolina (21-0) that applied all the offensive pressure.
"I think we had the emotional edge and felt we could win the game," said Maryland coach Missy Meharg, who was named ACC Coach of the Year. "It was nice for us to be chased. It's just a big disappointment because we thought we were going to win."
Maryland .. .. .. .1 ..1 ..0 ..-- ..2
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