Tomorrow night there's volleyball at AU and men's soccer at home and I will attend one or the other but report on both. For now, we can turn out attention to field hockey which got back on the winning track tonight shutting out a feisty group of AU Eagles 3-0 at the FH & Lacrosse Complex. The Terps came out aggressively at the outset earning a penalty corner about 2 minutes into the game but were unable to capitalize as the AU goalie deflected Sarah Sprink's shot. The game settled into a defensive rhythm and the combination of an aggressive AU defense and perhaps a bit of a hangover from Saturday's tough overtime loss allowed the Eagles to stay in it. The Terps had a flurry of shots at about the 17 minute mark of the first half but the first shot by Lindsey Puckett was saved by the goalie, Katie Gerzabek's shot was blocked by the defense and Puckett's next attempt flew wide. AU countered with a quick attack and a player getting behind the MD defense but Natalie Hunter was up to the task and was able to come out of the goal and clear the shot.Both MD and AU were unable to score off their 2 subsequent penalty corners. AU appeared to have scored off their initial penalty corner with about 7 minutes remaining in the half but after consultation, the umpires ruled that the ball had deflected in off an AU player's leg and disallowed the goal. Jill Witmer's shot late in the half from a tough angle was saved relatively easily by AU's keeper and the half closed with neither team able to crack the goal. The Terps out shot the Eagles 10-3 for the half and had 3 corners to AU's two.
The second half began much like the first with MD getting a penalty corner about 2 minutes into the half. Mirroring the first half, they again failed to convert as AU's defense blocked Sarah Sprink's attempt. The game remained scoreless until the 46th minute when the Terps were able to capitalize on their 7th penalty corner of the night with Ali McEvoy assisting on Jill Witmer's 11th goal of the season. With the ice broken, MD continued to apply pressure creatin more opportunities and 2 more corners with Janessa Pope scoring off Witmer's pass less than 4 minutes later. Sophomore Steffi Schneid closed the scoring off a beautifully executed penalty corner with Katie Gerzabek and Harriet Tibble earning assists.
Just a reminder, the Terps will close out the regular seasonFriday night with a home game against Rutgers and it will be senior night for eight players who have had an exceptional run in their time at MD. So come out to show your appreciation for co-captains Megan Frazer and Janessa Pope along with fellow seniors Kirstie Dennig, Colleen Gulick, Danielle Kauffman, Lindsey Puckett, Harriet Tibble, and Tara Zollinger.
And for those of you who missed it in the post or my Fan Shot, a promising women's basketball season got off to a rough start when they lost starting point guard Brene Moseley to (guess what?) a torn ACL during Sunday's practice.