On what felt like the first true day of fall, Maryland field hockey hosted 12th-ranked Delaware to kick off the 2018 Terrapin Invitational. Thanks to a dominant first half, Maryland was able to hold off a second half push by Delaware to win 5-3 and move to 6-0 on the season.
Both the Terrapins and Blue Hens played cautiously for the first few minutes, as conditions were still a bit wet from the rain College park had the night prior. Maryland was able to capitalize early due to Delaware’s lack of pressure, as Kelee Lepage knocked in a rebound off of a penalty corner shot just under four minutes into the game.
Bibi Donraadt was then able to double the score for Maryland 11 minutes into the match, as a hard shot bounced off of Delaware goalkeeper Sydney Rhodes’ pad and went between her legs for the goal. Then, at the 19:45 mark in the first half, Linnea Gonzales ripped in her fifth goal of the season, giving Maryland a 3-0 lead.
With just under 12 minutes left in the half, Delaware’s Lotte de Koning would receive a pass on the break and beat Maryland’s Noelle Frost one-on-one to make it a 3-1 game heading into the half.
The Terrapins held an 8-5 lead in first-half shots, but their commanding lead was certainly related to their shots on goal, where they led Delaware 6-1 in the first 35 minutes of play.
Just over 10 minutes into the second half, Maryland found itself in a two-on-one situation, where Julie Duncan passed it off to Sabrina Rhodes across the goalkeeper, which resulted in Rhodes’ second goal of the season.
Similar to Duke in the second half last sunday, Delaware responded with two goals just minutes later. First, Femke Strien scored from a hard shot on the left side and then de Koning would add her second of the match off of a penalty stroke, making it a 4-3 game.
Eight minutes later, though, Maryland would respond to the pressure off of a penalty corner as Bodil Keus slotted in her second goal of the season, giving the Terrapins a 5-3 lead and some breathing room.
The second half was dominated by offense, as Maryland had nine shots (seven on target), but gave up six shots and five on target to the Blue Hens.
Maryland will face 17th-ranked Harvard tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. ET as the Terrapins look to move to 7-0 on the season before their first conference match at Michigan State.
Three things to know
- The goalkeeping carousel continues. Noelle Frost got the nod for this game against Delaware, showing that Missy Meharg still believes in rotating goalkeepers through these weekend tournaments. Frost struggled when faced with a one-on-one, something Sarah Holliday showed that as one of her strengths against Duke.
- Maryland’s offensive powers are real. The first half was a really strong 35 minutes for the Terrapins as they had eight shots, six of which were on goal. Similar to their west coast trip, Maryland found strength in bunches and were able to capitalize on opponents’ hesitant defensive play.
- Late defense needs to pick up. Similar to when they played Duke last weekend, the Terrapins came out in the second half and allowed their opponents to fight back into the game. Though this game contained just two quick lapses, Maryland needs to tighten up before it starts to lose leads completely.