Maryland field hockey took a brief break from Big Ten play to get a home win against Liberty, thanks to a powerful offensive attack from the No. 17 Terps.
The Terps took the lead just 70 seconds in with a goal from five yards out, for Madison McGuire’s third goal of the season. Maryland wouldn’t relent either, scoring again in the eighth minute on a penalty stroke by Bodil Keus to help keep the match out of reach. Liberty snuck a goal by in the second half, but the Terps retaliated with two more goals to win, 4-1.
Liberty was able to respond with a goal in the 16th minute, but it wouldn’t stand long. After the goal was upheld on first review, Maryland coach Missy Megharg called for another look and the goal was reversed.
The Terps offense gave the Liberty goalkeeper a hard time, as seven of Maryland’s nine first half shots were on goal, forcing sophomore Allison Schaeffer to make five saves in the first 35 minutes. As a whole, Liberty seemed completely overpowered in the first period, giving up three penalty corners, including the goal by Keus, and only managed three shots of its own in that span.
After Maryland was clearly the more aggressive team in the first half, Liberty came out firing to try to close the gap. The Flames managed their only goal of the day, when freshman midfielder Jill Bolton scored her fourth goal of the season on a hard shot inside the circle.
Liberty’s attack mode didn’t last long, and Maryland responded just a minute later with a goal by junior forward Linnea Gonzales off a baseline assist from senior midfielder Lein Holsboer. That was the straw that broke the camel’s back, as the Flames spent the rest of the game trying to put out fires.
Just when Liberty thought there was nothing left to fret, Keus added her second goal of the game on a stopped-clock penalty corner, that Holsboer and Gonzalez both assisted on for Keus’ seventh goal of the season.
Maryland goalkeeper Sarah Holliday had a relatively easy day in goal, only having to make three saves on the day and allowing a goal. Maryland went back into attack mode, finishing the game outshooting Liberty 17-7 with a dozen shots on goal for the Terps, compared to just four from the Flames.
Maryland now moves to 8-5 on the season (3-2 Big Ten) and resumes conference play next weekend as Ohio State comes to the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex next Friday at 4 p.m.