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No. 5 Maryland field hockey loses in first round of NCAA Tournament

Terrapins' loss ends their season after a 17 game winning streak.

Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

No. 5 Maryland field hockey (19-4) lost to No. 16 Princeton 3-1 in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday.

Princeton (11-6) scored 21 minutes into the game off a broken penalty corner. The Terrapins blocked sophomore Ryan McCarthy's shot, but Princeton junior Cat Caro corralled the loose ball and slotted it past Maryland freshman goalie Sarah Holliday.

Freshman Sophia Tornetta scored her first of two goals on the day 10 minutes later to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead. Tornetta made a back post run and tipped in a shot from senior Kate Ferrara. It was Tornetta's fifth goal of the year.

Maryland nearly cut the deficit to one before the first half ended. Senior Alyssa Parker fired a shot at the goal and beat Princeton goalie Anya Gersoff, but Princeton senior midfielder Debi Michelle-Jantzen made a diving save to keep it out.

Tornetta added her second goal of the game with 10 minutes to play in the game. She put a low shot past Holliday, giving Princeton a 3-0 lead.

Maryland freshman Julie Duncan got one back for the Terrapins with three minutes to play, sliding a shot past Princeton's senior goalie Gersoff.

It was the fourth straight meeting between Maryland and Princeton in the NCAA Tournament. Both teams have now won twice.