UNC Upends Maryland For Division I Field Hockey National Championship

Brittany JacobsCorrespondent IDecember 4, 2009

On Nov. 22 at Wake Forest University, the Maryland Terrapins and the North Carolina Tar Heels competed in a field hockey championship that will go down in history.

Coming into the game Maryland was ranked No. 1 and was undefeated with a 23-0 record.  UNC, on the other hand, was the third seed in the tournament and had lost two games (19-2) prior to the championship matchup.

The first half was scoreless and, remarkably, this hard fought battle saw four of the last five goals scored in the final 10 minutes!

In the 43rd minute of the game, Terrapin Nicole Muracco scored Maryland's first goal during a two-on-one breakaway. 

The next goal was scored by UNC's Dani Forword on a pass form Melanie Brill and with that, the game was tied. 

Maryland answered with another tally less than two minutes later.  On a penalty corner, Megan Frazer snagged a rebound and put it past Tar Heel goalkeeper Jackie Kintzer.  The Terps were up 2-1 with 7:49 remaining in the game. 

At this point UNC called a timeout and pulled their goalie, allowing them to place another field player on the field (think ice hockey if you're not familiar with the rules of field hockey). 

"In a national championship game, you've got to risk," Shelton said.  This risk paid off. Big time.

Only three minutes later, Illse Davids received a pass from Katelyn Falgowski and scored on a reverse stick shot from the top of the circle.

The score was now tied, 2-2, with less than five minutes remaining in regulation and both teams now desperate for a goal. 

With 11.7 seconds remaining on the clock, UNC drew a penalty corner.  As the Tar Heels lined up at the top of the circle, “Melanie Brill on my left just kept repeating out loud, ‘I believe in you, I believe in you, I believe in you,'" said Dani Forword.

With the game on the line, Forword scored, leading her UNC Tar Heels to their sixth national championship and defeating the No. 1 ranked Maryland Terrapins.

Check out the scoring highlights and the celebration after the win!   Wait for the video to load, it's worth it!