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The No. 4 Terps are 4-0.

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A year after advancing to the national championship game with a lineup full of underclassmen, it was one of Maryland’s veterans who stepped up Friday night. Junior Madison Maguire scored two goals, including the game-winner with 2:06 left in the second half to give the fourth-ranked Terps a 3-2 win over No. 13 Boston College.

Maguire scored her first goal with 16:55 left in the first half, and Sabrina Rhodes scored her first goal of the season in the second half. The Terps controlled possession for most of the night, outshooting the Eagles 16-11 and drew six penalty corners compared to Boston College’s one. Noelle Frost started her second game of the season, finishing with six saves.

With the win, Maryland is 4-0 for the first time since 2013.

Boston College controlled the early minutes of the game, putting consistent pressure on Maryland’s defense while the Terps struggled to convert passes in the midfield. The Eagles got on the board first 11 minutes into the first half, taking advantage of a Maryland defensive breakdown.

Ymke Rose Gote sent the ball to Elizabeth Warner, and Noelle Frost followed to block her shot. This left Brooke Matherson wide open, and she converted the point-blank opportunity.

The Terps started to settle in after that, and Maguire dribbled through Boston College’s entire defense to tie the game with 16:55 left in the first half. Maryland had a penalty corner with two minutes left in the half, only for a Eagles defender to deflect the ball away from the goal. Head coach Missy Meharg used the team’s only video review to try to get another penalty corner, but the call didn’t change.

Like the end of the first half, Maryland continued to control possession. The Terps outshot Boston College 11-4, and most of the Eagles opportunities came late in the half. Nike Lorenz had her shot off a penalty corner deflected early in the period, then had another go over. After the second penalty corner, she picked off a pass in midfield and sent it toward the goal, only for no teammate to put a stick on it.

The Terps’ pressure finally paid off with 12:36 left in the half, with Rhodes slapping in a goal to take the lead. That didn’t last long, as Frederique Haverhals scored off a penalty corner two minutes later to tie the game.

After surviving a few pushes by Boston College, Maguire curled a shot past Boston College goalie Sarah Dwyer for the go-ahead goal.

Maryland is back in action Sunday at 2 p.m. against No. 3 Duke. The Terps beat the Blue Devils in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament last year to advance to the Final Four.

Three things to know

  1. Maryland controlled the game after the opening minutes. It took about 10 minutes for the Terps to settle in, but after that, they looked poised. The offense and midfield were aggressive, and the defense snuffed out opportunities in open play.
  2. Madison Maguire can make things happen on offense. Maguire had three assists in Maryland’s opening slate last weekend, and scored her first two goals of the season tonight. Both came off impressive manuevers, with one coming after she dribbled through the defense and another on a perfectly placed shot.
  3. The goalie platoon continues. AfterbSarah Holliday got most of the minutes last weekend, Frost played the entire game. The junior made some impressive saves in the first half, and was comfortable playing back as well as pushing forward to stop chances. Meharg said she will continue alternating goalies and Holliday will start against Duke.

Initially, it was ruled that both of Maryland’s second half goals were scored by Bibi Donraadt. The story has been updated to reflect that Sabrina Rhodes and Madison Maguire scored those goals.