Off the back of two straight wins and getting 3 big points vs Penn State this past Sunday, Maryland took on Lehigh looking to keep up that momentum towards another crucial Big Ten contest vs Indiana on Sunday.
The first 10 minutes went by without much incident, before Jereme Raley got the first shot of the game which was blocked. A corner followed soon after, with Alex Shinsky's effort also being blocked. The next 10 minutes were much the same as the first 10, with neither team recording a shot.
Maryland picked up the intensity after the 20th minute mark, with Shinsky getting the first shot on target of the night, forcing a save from Ciaran Nugent. They kept up the pressure, with efforts from Sauers and Mael Corboz going wide and high respectively. Finally, just past the half hour mark, they broke through. Corboz played a good ball through for David Kabelik who picked his head up well and laid it off for Mikias Eticha to roll into the empty net and put UMD up 1-0.
Lehigh got a little spell of play just before half-time, getting off two shots from Jamie Luchini and Doyle Tuvesson, but neither were on target.
At half-time it was 1-0 Maryland, an absolutely dominant first half. They had 9 more shots, and just dominated the game as a whole.
The Terps got 3 early corners in the first 5 minutes of the second half, but couldn't capitalize on any of them. While they didn't create many chances in the first 20 odd minutes of the half, they did a good job controlling the game calmly and putting in a very professional effort.
The second half was a dull affair before Eticha got on the scoresheet for the 2nd time and all but wrapping up the win for UMD with a very nice finish from 8 yards out.
The rest of the half passed without much incident, much like the entire second half, with a few shots from both teams here or there.
Overall it was a thoroughly dominating performance from Maryland and a good way to keep momentum towards more crucial B1G games. The Terps are back at it on Sunday at 1 PM ET vs Indiana. You can catch it on the Big Ten Network.