In their 3-2 road loss to #15 Northwestern, the Terps out-shot the Wildcats 23-5 and had a 12-1 edge in penalty corners. Maryland came to Ann Arbor looking for a win to draw them even in conference play. They came for a win and that's exactly what they left with. Maryland will head to East Lansing on Sunday to take on #18 Michigan State after beating yet another top-15 opponent. Maryland stifled Michigan's offense with a dominant defensive performance, winning 2-0.
Maryland got on the board first as Steffi Schneid scored with eight minutes left in the first half off of a penalty corner. It was a defensive battle early on with Maryland having three shots in the first half and Michigan only having two shots. Neither team was able to gain a decisive edge early in the game.
Maryland continued to put the pressure on after halftime. They out-shot the Maize and Blue 10-3 in the second half and out-shot Michigan 13-5 as a team. Michigan's goalie Sam Swenson made seven saves but it wasn't enough. The Terps dominated and shut down Michigan's leading scorer and play-maker Leslie Smith.
Maxine Fluharty took a feed from Anna Dessoye and notched Maryland's second goal with less than 11 minutes to play, giving Maryland a decisive 2-0 lead. Maryland blanked the Wolverines for their third shutout of the season and now have some good momentum going into Sunday's game against the Spartans.