Maryland field hockey closed out the 2018 Terrapin Invitational with a 3-1 win over 17th-ranked Harvard, moving to 7-0 on the season.
Despite a slow first half, the Terrapins picked up on the defensive end in the second frame (a flip from the previous few games) and were able to close the game with three unanswered goals.
Harvard struck first in the 18th minute, when Hannah Pearce was able to deflect in her first goal of the season off a penalty corner, giving the Crimson a 1-0 lead. This would be Maryland’s second time giving up the opening goal, with the first coming in the 3-2 win against Boston College.
The Terrapins would respond later in the half when Linnea Gonzales would score off of a penalty corner for her sixth goal of the season.
The 1-1 scoreline at half did not reflect the shot totals, as Maryland led 9-2 with all nine going on goal. Harvard goalkeeper Ellie Shahbo tallied eight saves against Maryland in just the first 35 minutes of play.
Harvard came out firing to start the second half with two shots in the first five minutes, including one on goal that was saved by Sarah Holliday. Maryland would respond well to the pressure, as the Terrapins earned a penalty stroke in the 43rd minute and Sabrina Rhodes scored it.
Madison Maguire would score in the 61st minute after Harvard’s keeper came out to try and break up the attack, giving Maryland a 3-1 lead that would last the rest of the game.
Maryland will travel to East Lansing, Michigan, to start conference play against Michigan State on Saturday. The Spartans are 3-4 on the season, and have not faced a ranked opponent yet.
Earlier Sunday, Pacific took Michigan State to double-overtime and defeated the Spartans 2-1. Maryland opened the season with a 3-0 win against Pacific out in California, so the Terrapins will be hoping these results translate into a win to start Big Ten play.