After two hard-fought home victories against No. 9 Michigan and No. 13 Old Dominion, the Maryland field hockey team closed out its homestand on a high note, defeating Michigan State, 3-1.
Coming in, Maryland (10-3, 4-1 Big Ten) had won 8 out of their last 9 contests. A win would not only sweep the homestand, but would put the Terps in a tie for first place in the Big Ten, as conference leaders No. 6 Northwestern lost to Indiana earlier in the day.
The Terps would start out slow in the first period, which and Michigan State (5-7, 1-3 Big Ten) quickly took advantage In the ninth minute, Sophie Macadre scored her 5th of the season off a rebound attempt, giving the Spartans the early 1-0 lead.
Just as in its past few games, Maryland would be quick to respond. In the 13th minute, Linnea Gonzales would tie the game up on her seventh of the season.
The game would remained tied at the half, but Maryland controlled possession and outshot the Spartans 10-5 in the period.
In the second period, Maryland picked up where they left off, and in the 39th minute, freshman Madison Maguire would put the Terps ahead on her first career collegiate goal.
Maguire wouldn’t be done, as in the 57th minute, she scored her second goal of the game, and of the half, off a cross from Emma Rissinger. Maguire’s second would seal the 3-1 victory for the Terps.
However, a scary moment happened in the 48th minute, as Welma Luus, one of Maryland’s top scorers, went down with an injury. There was no word on any specifics, but Maryland head coach Missy Meharg said that she twisted her ankle.
Maryland shut down Michigan State in the second period, yielding only 4 shots. Meanwhile, the Terps had 8 shots in the half and a penalty corner.
Overall, the Terps outshot the Spartans 18-9 and won in the penalty corner department, 4-1.
Maryland goalie Sarah Bates would shine again, as she saved four shots in her second straight start.
The Terps will hit the road for their next two games, at Ohio State and No. 5 Penn State before they return home to finish out the regular season, starting with No. 1 Connecticut on October 23.
Three Things to Know:
- The more shots you take, the more goals you make. Maryland continued their dominance win the shot column, taking twice as many shots as Michigan State. Maryland dominated the shot count once again, just as they did in all three games on the homestand.
- Go to your youth. The Terps played five freshman up-front, including Maguire, who was switched from the midfield to up-front before the game. Kelly Lepage also played well on the attack. This is just a glimpse of the bright future Maryland field hockey has, and has continued to have over the past several decades.
- Home is where the heart is. Maryland has been a perfect 6-0 this season at home. With one of the highest average attendances in the conference, it’s not surprising that the Terps play so well in College Park. But that perfect record could be challenged as Maryland still has home games vs. UConn and No. 10 Virginia left to play.