NEWTON, Mass. — Maxine Fluharty scored 3 minutes, 52 seconds into the first overtime to propel No. 1 Maryland past fourth-seeded Duke, 3-2, in the first of two ACC field hockey semifinals matches on Friday afternoon.
Off of a penalty corner, Fluharty collected a rebound in traffic in front of the cage to poke the ball past Blue Devil goalkeeper Lauren Blazing for her 12th goal of the season.
With the victory, Maryland advances to the finals of the ACC field hockey championship for the eighth time in the past 10 seasons. Since the inception of ACC field hockey in 1983, the Terrapins have been a participant in the league’s championship game in 22 of the 31 tournaments held – winning a total of nine titles.
North Carolina: The NCAA has selected 10 student-athletes who will be honored in January as the Today’s Top 10 Award winners. Among the winners for the 2012-13 school year is midfielder Amber Brooks.
Duke: After falling in the first round of the 2013 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championship the day before, 27th-ranked Beatrice Capra of Duke cruised to a victory to open the singles consolation portion of the bracket at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.
Capra, who is seeded No. 1 in the bracket, took down 29th-ranked Lorraine Guillermo of Pepperdine, 6-0, 6-1. She will next face Kanika Vaidya of Columbia on Saturday, after Vaidya downed 16th-ranked Sofie Oyen of Florida, 6-1, 3-6, 6-2.
St. Augustine’s: Wide receiver Brian Richards of Saint Augustine’s was named Division II Offensive Player of the Week and quarterback Cyril Davis of the Falcons was chosen Division II Newcomer of the Week in the Heritage Sports Radio Network (HSRN) Fan Poll on Thursday.
The HSRN Fan Poll is conducted online each week and is voted on by HSRN fans nationwide. The poll nominees are composed of “Players of the Week” from the four HBCU conferences and HBCU independent teams.
N.C. State: The N.C. State swimming & diving team was victorious against Duke and Miami (women only) in its home debut Friday. The 10th-ranked N.C. State men posted a 177-115 victory over the Blue Devils, while the 13th-ranked Wolfpack women’s squad downed Duke, 168-121, and Miami, 207-77.