No. 8 Wake Forest Field Hockey Suffers 5-3 Defeat to No. 2 Maryland

Sept. 25, 2010

Final Stats |  Photo Gallery 

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - No. 2 Maryland took 28 shots and had nine penalty corners en route to defeating No. 8 Wake Forest 5-3 at Kentner Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Terrapins remain undefeated at 8-0 overall and 2-0 in the Athletic Coast Conference, while the Demon Deacons fall to 6-3, 1-1 ACC.

Senior Liza Casella, sophomore Lizzie Rae and freshman Kari Walkley all scored a goal, while juniors Lauren Greenwald and Faith Adams and freshman Jess McFadyen all had an assist for the Deacs.

Sophomore goalkeeper Kaitlyn Ruhf did a solid job in goal, and was able to save 10 of the 28 shots the Terrapins fired at her. The 10 saves are a season high, one more than she had against Duke on September 11.

The Deacon defense did a superb job for the first 28 minutes of the game, as the contest remained at a scoreless tie. During that time, Maryland took nine shots, four of them on goal for Ruhf to save. Walkley had the only Wake Forest shot in that stretch when she had a one-on-one breakaway opportunity saved by Maryland goalkeeper Melissa Vassalotti at the 12:48 mark.

The Terps finally got on the board in the 29th minute after a penalty corner. Jemma Buckley took a shot and ended up with the assist when Kirstie Dennig deflected the ball past Ruhf.

Rae answered almost instantly with a goal just over a minute later. She had possession at the top of the circle, beat a few Terrapin defenders and fired a reverse slap shot into the top of the cage for her team-leading seventh goal of the season.

Maryland continued the late, first-half flurry of goals in the 32nd minute when Buckley dribbled the ball nearly half the length of the field and fired a shot past Ruhf to give the Terrapins a 2-1 halftime lead.

With more than 10 minutes elapsed in the second half, Walkely was on the receiving end of a nice diving pass from McFadyen and put the ball past Vassalotti at the far post to tie the score at 2-2. The goal was Walkley's fourth of the year.

Maryland then scored two unanswered goals to take a commanding lead. Both goals came from the stick of Jill Witmer, one in the 50th minute and one in the 57th minute.

The Deacons refused to quit, though, and got one back when Casella scored her second goal of the year after being set up on a penalty corner by Adams and Greenwald.

Maryland's Katie O'Donnell, who recently became the ACC's all-time points leader, scored the final goal of the game in the 61st minute after collecting a Wake Forest turnover deep in the offensive zone.

The Demon Deacons will have a day off before hosting No. 18 Stanford on Monday at 3 p.m.



NCAA Tennis Gear