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Maryland field hockey beats Duke, 4-3, in top-5 matchup

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The Terps finish the Big Ten/ACC Cup unbeaten.

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Fresh off a late win over 13th-ranked Boston College on Friday, Maryland field hockey keyed in against third-ranked Duke as they moved to 5-0.

The No. 4 Terrapins led throughout, scoring two goals in the first 15 minutes. The teams went back and forth in the second half, but Maryland held on for a 4-3 victory.

The scoring stared early for the Terrapins as freshman Bibi Donraadt scored her third goal of the season off a deflection. Maryland was able to generate pressure on the offensive end thanks to Linnea Gonzales and Nike Lorenz, which opened up lanes for other players to step up.

Under two minutes after the first goal, Bodil Keus was able to score off of a penalty corner, giving Maryland a 2-0 first-half advantage. Duke would apply pressure and end the half with a 7-5 advantage in shots, but no goals to show for it.

In the second half, the Blue Devils fought their way back into the game. Just as the half began, Maryland was caught on its heels and a dangerous play in front of goalkeeper Sarah Holliday gave Duke a penalty stroke, which Haley Schleicher converted.

Melissa Wilken would then answer with her first goal of the season, giving Maryland a 3-1 lead, but Duke’s Olivia Sahaydak responded on a great passing play to make it 3-2 with under 13 minutes left.

Maryland would generate a penalty corner with eight minutes left that resulted in a hard goal that Nike Lorenz rifled in, expanding the Maryland lead back to two goals. But once again, Duke found themselves right back on the offensive end and Lily Posternak scored her first goal of the season with six minutes remaining.

The Terrapins were able to escape this game with a 4-3 victory, moving to 5-0 on the season and earning two wins over ranked opponents in one weekend.

Three things to know

1. Sarah Holliday is the real deal. Despite having her first three goals against on Sunday, the scoring could have been much worse if it wasn’t for her play in net. Holliday tallied up 10 saves and forced many errant shots thanks to her instincts of when to leave her net and rush open attackers.

2. The Maryland bench is quite deep. Nike Lorenz and Linnea Gonzales found themselves well-covered against Duke, but a few reserves found their chances to shine. Missy Meharg played six substitutes who combined for two goals and an assist with five shots (three on goal). Being able to fall back on a strong bench was a key to knocking off Duke, and will be a staple as the season progresses and players need to remain fresh.

3. The road gets a little easier from here. Next weekend, Maryland hosts the Terrapin Invitational, with matchups against Delaware and Harvard. The teams are ranked No. 9 and No. 15, respectively, but Maryland has already showed it can hang with anyone. This will provide more chances for Maryland to fine tune its game plan before Big Ten play begins Sept. 15 on the road against Michigan State.

Editor’s note: an earlier version of this story claimed neither of Maryland’s opponents next week were ranked, and that Donraadt’s goal was her first of the season.