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Maryland field hockey clinches share of Big Ten title with win over Indiana

Senior Anna Dessoye's overtime winner gives Terps second straight Big Ten Championship

Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

It took seven minutes longer than they wanted, but Maryland field hockey clinched at least a share of the Big Ten champion for a second straight year with a 1-0 overtime victory over Indiana.

Needing a win to clinch at least a share of the Big Ten championship, No. 6 Maryland (14-3) came out fired up, with eight shots in the first half. Maryland peppered the cage throughout the game, outshooting Indiana 27-9. But despite Maryland's relentless pressure, Indiana would not crack, eventually forcing overtime.

Indiana's freshman goalie Noëlle Rother recorded 16 saves, keeping the Hoosiers (8-8) in the game. Her 16 saves are more than Maryland freshman goalie Sarah Holliday has recorded in her last seven games combined. Rother's performance kept the game scoreless throughout regulation.

In overtime, it was the Hoosiers that came out fast. They had three shots in the first four minutes, but couldn't put the ball past Holliday. Seven minutes into overtime, Maryland struck. Senior Anna Dessoye scored her seventh goal of the season off an assist from senior Welma Luus, clinching at least partial share of the Big Ten title for Maryland.

Maryland will host in-state rival Towson (2-13) on Sunday for Senior Day.