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Maryland field hockey defeats Michigan State, 5-1, to start Big Ten play

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The Terrapins move to 8-0 on the season.

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Maryland field hockey opened up Big Ten play on the road Saturday in East Lansing, Michigan, and took down Michigan State 5-1.

The No. 3 Terrapins (9-0) were unable to score early, but their dominant offensive pressure led to a 3-0 run towards the end of the first half that they were able to defend the rest of the way.

Maryland dominated the stat sheet to close out the game, finishing with a 22-6 lead in shots with 14 on target. Sarah Holliday got that start in goal for Maryland and finished with three saves and the lone goal against.

Maryland came into this game 9-0 all-time against Michigan State, but the Spartans held them in check early. This was until the 20th minute, when Maryland scored a pair of goals off penalty corners to take a 2-0 lead. Sophomore defender Sophie Giezeman struck first for her first of the season, and senior Linnea Gonzales doubled the lead less than a minute later.

Under five minutes before halftime, Maryland extended thE lead to three after redshirt freshman Mayv Clune scored on a quick shot. Michigan State would answer off of a penalty corner goal by Makenzie Brown with just over a minute left in the half.

The Terrapins dominated the Spartans statistically in the first half, leading 16-4 in shots, 9-3 in shots on goal and 7-3 in penalty corners.

No time was wasted to start the second half, as Nike Lorenz weaved through the defense off of a penalty corner and gave Maryland a 4-1 lead less than three minutes into the half. Lorenz, who had been out of commission for a couple weeks, made an impact in her return.

Gonzales would then score off a penalty corner in the 51st minute for her second goal of the game, bringing her her season total up to eight in eight contests. She scored 10 goals in each of her first three seasons.

That score held for the final 20 minutes, as Maryland opened conference play with a win.

Up next

The Terrapins will look to move to 9-0 on the season as they take on No. 5 Princeton on Tuesday in Princeton, New Jersey. The Tigers currently sit at 4-2, but have played one of the toughest schedules in the nation and have a mutual win with Maryland over Duke.

After they play Maryland, Princeton will have faced a ranked opponent in seven of their first eight games. The match can be viewed on ESPN+ at 6 p.m. ET.