Maryland field hockey took on No. 8 Michigan just two days after shutting out No. 23 Ohio State, and the No. 3 Terrapins stayed hot, winning 2-1 to improve to 11-0 this season.
Senior Linnea Gonzales scored first to start both halves of play, and the Terrapins shut down Michigan as time ran out to take the victory. Maryland finished the game with a 17-11 lead in shots and placed 11 shots on goal. Sarah Holliday saved four shots, her second most in a single game this season behind the 10 save effort she had against Duke.
Wet conditions led to rather cautious play in the first half, but Michigan began the game with a forecheck that resulted in and interception but no shots on goal.
Maryland would strike first 10 minutes into the game off a penalty corner. Gonzales scored her ninth goal off the season off assists by Hannah Bond and Sabrina Rhodes.
Michigan would respond with pressure in the final 15 minutes of the half that included a shot that got past Sarah Holliday, but hit the post and went wide. The Wolverines then scored a few minutes later, as Emma Way put in her 11th goal of the season on a quick shot near the net.
At the half, a 1-1 score reflected the shot totals well as Maryland held a rather narrow 11-8 lead with seven shots on target compared to Michigan’s four. The Terrapins did have five penalty corner opportunities, but were only able to score off of one.
Similar to the first half, Maryland found an opportunity around the 10-minute mark, as Gonzales took a shot that was deflected in and gave Maryland a 2-1 lead at the 44:14 mark.
Michigan came close to tying things up during a penalty corner chance with five minutes remaining in the game. The corner was set up top and swung out by the Wolverines, but Sarah Holliday did well to block the shot and her defense helped clear the ball out.
With three minutes remaining Michigan pulled goalkeeper Anna Spieker to add an extra attacker, but it was not enough.
Maryland’s next matchup will be its toughest of the season, as the Terrapins will visit No. 1 Connecticut in one week in a rematch of last year’s national championship game.
Three things to know
- Sarah Holliday is getting into great form. After the game, Linnea Gonzales spoke about Holliday’s presence in net by noting, “It’s always great when she’s in goal. She’s a loud goalie, she’s confident, and we always feel good with her defense when she’s in the goal.”
- Missy Meharg noticed Michigan keyed in on individual players. She mentioned after the game that the Wolverines were playing a box-and-one (also a box-and-two at times) against Gonzales and Nike Lorenz. Meharg said she likes the team’s chances against similar defense down the stretch this season, and when asked if she could see other teams using it she said, “I hope so.”
- This win will do wonders for Maryland’s confidence moving forward. “[It was] very good to come out with another Big Ten win,” Gonzales said. “I think we played with a lot of heart. Michigan is always a very aggressive team so it was good to get that kind of competition in.”