The Maryland field hockey team extended its winning streak to six games with a victory over No. 15 Iowa on Friday before seeing No. 11 Northwestern end it less than 48 hours later.
The No. 8 Terps started the weekend on a high, defeating Iowa, 4-2. Sophomore Linnea Gonzales led the team in scoring with two goals. This was also her third multi-score game of the season.
The Hawkeyes took the lead in the 11th minute on Natalie Cafone’s ninth goal of the season. Freshman Sophie Pelzer tied the game for the Terps in the 23rd minute, her third goal of the season.
Less than two minutes into the second period, Grace Balsdon broke the tie for the Terps, scoring her ninth of the season. Iowa would tie the game up in the 49th minute, but Gonzales’ two goals would seal the game for the Terps, extending their winning streak to six.
Sunday’s game against Northwestern would fare much differently for the Terps. The Wildcats scored first, within the first two minutes for the first period. It would take Maryland until the 46th minute for them to equalize on Emma Rissinger’s fourth goal of the season.
Northwestern would take a 2-1 lead in the 53rd minute. Maryland (7-3, 2-1 Big Ten) would equalize again in the 55th minute on Welma Luus’ eighth goal of the season, but Northwestern (8-2, 3-0 Big Ten) would seal the victory in the 60th minute on Pascale Massey’s 2nd goal of the game and 4th of the season.
The Terps’ loss against Northwestern was their first loss in Big Ten play this season.
The Terps play their next three games at the friendly confines of the Maryland field hockey and lacrosse complex. Of the three, their toughest game is this Friday against No. 9 Michigan.
The Wolverines are coming off of a tough 3-1 loss at home against No. 4 Penn State. They are led by forwards Emma Way and Courtney Enge, who have each tallied 10 points this season, and goalie Sam Swenson, who has a 0.81 GAA so far.
Michigan’s most significant win this season was their first game of the season, where they blanked No. 1 North Carolina, 1-0. However, they’ve gone 1-2 in games against ranked opponents since that win.
This will be Maryland’s seventh game against a ranked opponent. They’ve gone 4-2 in those games thus far.
After Michigan, the Terps play No. 14 Old Dominion next Tuesday and unranked Michigan State next Friday.