Freshman forward Moira Putsch, a player Coach Missy Meharg told us to watch for before the season opener, has begun to assert herself more and more as the Maryland Terrapins field hockey squad has entered into Big Ten play. That assertiveness has translated into a second B1G Freshman of the Week Award.
Although she didn't score in Maryland's first Big Ten conference win at Michigan, her speed and determined attack drew enough attention to open space for her teammates and create the penalty corner opportunities that helped the Terps secure the 2-0 win in Ann Arbor.
The Terps then made the short trip to East Lansing where they faced another ranked conference opponent, the Michigan State Spartans. Putsch not only registered a goal and an assist for the contest but also contributed a non-box score play cutting behind Spartans' goalie Sierra Patton as she came off her line to defend an attack from the left side. Patton ended up putting Putsch to the turf which drew a penalty corner on which Maryland scored to open a comfortable 3-0 lead.
The freshman, who is tied for second in goals with five and is also tied for the team lead in points with thirteen, picked up that fifth goal just two minutes after drawing the foul. The score, which put the Terrapins up 4-0 with under 25 minutes to play, essentially salted the game away.
Maryland returns home to face Ohio State on Friday afternoon at 3:30 in their first ever home Big Ten conference game. The game kicks off a huge weekend for Terrapins sports. Maryland volleyball will play it's first home B1G match Friday night shortly after the end of the field hockey contest. Fans should come out to see the star freshman, who is easily identified by her distinctive yellow headband, and follow that with the short walk to the Pavilion at Xfinity Center to watch a volleyball squad that has yet to play a home game this season and hosts their first ever Big Ten conference game.
Of course then there's that little football game against Ohio State on Saturday. Sunday will see the Terps host a plethora of women's sports with field hockey tackling Old Dominion, women's soccer kicking off a game against Indiana, and volleyball hosting 15th ranked Purdue.