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Back on Track: #4 Field Hockey downs #14 Michigan for First Ever Conference Win

After dropping their first ever Big Ten conference game on the road last week, the Terps came back and shut out the 14th ranked Wolverines on Friday, 2-0.

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.