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Tough Saturday all around - Olympic Sports day 3


Okay, so I'm not in a happy place right now. The Terps were 0-3 today. You all know what happened at Byrd so let me start with field hockey where the Terps dropped a tough one to the #1 ranked team in the country losing to UNC 4-3 in overtime. Before I go on my second officiating rant of the weekend, let me acknowledge that I though UNC outplayed the Terps especially in the second half where NC played aggressively and was in the Terps zone for much of that period. For the game the Heels outshot the Terps 25-12 and had the edge in penalty corners 13-7. The Terps held UNC scoreless on those corners, though so their defense and goalkeeping was solid in those situations. Two minutes in, UNC took a 1-0 lead on an alleged goal by Loren Shealy. I write alleged because only an official who wasn't paying attention or who doesn't know the rules of hockey would have allowed the goal which clearly went off the body of the Carolina player. Unfortunately for the Terps, the game had a referee who fell into one of those categories.

The came back quickly to tie the score with Jill Wittmer smacking a bullet past the NC goalie. Just about 3 minutes later, MD drew its first corner of the game and freshman Sarah Sprink blasted a shot through the NC defense giving the Terps a 2-1 lead. She would repeat that feat off another corner with 4 minutes remaining in the first half. With time dwindling down in the half, sophomore Maxine Fluharty drew a yellow card and NC was able to take advantage of being a player up drawing within one with just over a minute left.

Carolina was able to get a breakaway after a Terp turnover in the midfield area. Goalie Natalie Hunter who recorded 9 saves for the game, was able to turn away the first shot but Emma Bozak was there to punch in the rebound. The Terps were able to mount one last counter but the NC goalie was able to turn away Katie Gerzabek's shot in the 65th minute and regulation ended tied at 3.

Maryland came out aggressively in the overtime and Jill Witmer hit the post with her attempt just 2 minutes in. NC was able to counter with another breakaway and though Natalie Hunter was able to turn away the first shot, NC scored on the rebound to secure the win. The Terps face off Monday night at home against American before wrapping up the season with a home game on Friday night against Rutgers.

Meanwhile down in Raleigh, the Terps volleyball team was swept by NC State losing by scores of 25-15, 25-22 and 25-20. The match did see the return of junior outside hitter Mary Cushman who managed 7 kills. Adreene Elliott again led the Terps in hitting with a .429 percentage though overall the Terps hit only .098 for the match. Briefly, State ran out to a 12-4 lead in the first set and though the Terps were able to draw within 6 at 16-10 and again at 18-12 State finished out the set on a convincing 7-3 run. The Terps got off to a good start in the second set opening the scoring with 2 points off an attack error and a kill by Mary Cushman. They were able to build on that momentum stretching the lead out to 14-9 before NCSU rallied to tie the score at 15. The Terps pulled back ahead and were able to run the lead to 20-17 on kills by Cushman and Elliott and a block by Adreene (pronounced Ah-dreh-nay). However, State was able to regain control and take the set 25-22.

The Terps had another strong start in the third set racing out to an 8-3. lead but fatigue and the Wolfpack caught up with them eventually seeing the score evened at 11. The Pack inched ahead but the Terps reeled them back in at 17 all. Unfortunately for Maryland fans NCS ran off 7 of the next 8 points before closing the match at 25-20. The Terps next match will be at American U on Tuesday at 7 pm before they return home for a weekend series against GT at 7 pm on Friday and Clemson on Sunday at 2.

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