Terps reach title game in field hockey Beat Northeastern, 3-1; No. 1 Carolina looms


WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Maryland's field hockey team is in a familiar spot -- the NCAA title game -- against a familiar opponent.

Maryland defeated Northeastern, 3-1, at Wake Forest University in yesterday's semifinals and will play top-ranked and undefeated North Carolina in the final.

The Tar Heels defeated James Madison, 3-0, to advance to their sixth final in the past seven years.

Maryland ended Northeastern's 19-game win streak.

Goalkeeper Jen Ruggiero of Northeastern (21-3) stopped Tricia Burdt's penalty stroke. Less than a minute later, the Huskies' Karrie Danilecki scored on a fast break for a 1-0 lead.

Burdt scored five minutes later, and the score was tied at halftime.

Midway through the second half, sophomore Eliza Knerr scored her first goal of the season to give the Terps a 2-1 lead.

And Sara Salam beat Ruggiero to the lower left corner on a penalty stroke with 14:25 left to complete the scoring.

Headed to its second title game in three years, Maryland (19-4) will play UNC for the fourth time this season. The Tar Heels won the first three games in overtime. The Terrapins trail 19-10 in the series but are 2-0 against them for the championship. Maryland beat North Carolina, 2-1, on penalty strokes in the 1993 title game.

"I felt like I was under constant pressure," said Ruggiero. "They had a great number of penalty corners, and that's the kind of game I like; I just wasn't able to keep them all out."

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