#3 Terrapins Top Owls in Opener, 4-2

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PHILADELPHIA, Pa.  – The Maryland field hockey team won at Temple, 4-2, Friday afternoon in its season opener and the first game of the Conference Cup. Freshman Linnea Gonzales led the Terrapins (1-0) with two scores in her Maryland debut.

“This was a very strong opening game for Maryland,” head coach Missy Meharg said. “There were over 700 fans in Philadelphia. Temple was quite resilient, but Maryland’s midfield really dictated with the fitness and the tactics of Alyssa Parker. It’s very exciting to have freshmen Linnea Gonzales and Julie Duncan statistically putting Maryland in the winning category.”

Gonzales scored her first career goal and the first goal of the Terrapins’ season 12 minutes into the match. She drove it in herself and knocked in a clean shot to the right side of the goal.

With about 10 minutes left in the first half, redshirt senior Welma Luus finished off a pass from freshman Julie Duncan from the right side to make it a 2-0 lead. Temple’s Tricia Light scored five minutes before halftime to make it a 2-1 game at the break.

Five minutes into the second half, Gonzales scored her second of the day off a penalty corner set up by Lein Holsboer and Emma Rissinger to make it a two-goal lead for the Terrapins.

Just six minutes later, senior Anna Dessoye scored after a penalty corner off a pass from fellow senior Sarah Sprink to make it 4-1.

The Owls’ Alyssa Delp scored their second goal less than two minutes later.

The Terrapins took 21 shots to the Owls’ seven and had eight penalty corners to five.

Next, the Terrapins will return home to host the second day of the Conference Cup Sunday. Temple and Towson will play at noon at the Field hockey & Lacrosse Complex. Maryland will take on Saint Joseph’s at 2 p.m. Admission and parking are both free.

The Terps-Hawks game Sunday will be streamed live on the BTN2Go app, which is the official app of the Big Ten Network. It will be a BTN Plus production and will require an additional subscription. Fans can access all Big Ten content on BTN Plus for $119.95 per year or a $14.95 monthly subscription. A Maryland School Pass for BTN Plus, which includes all Terrapin contests, home and away, on BTN Plus for $79.95 per year or for a $9.95 monthly subscription.                                            

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With the win, Maryland won its 20th straight season opener…The Terps are 38-3-2 all-time in season openers…Three Terrapins made their career debuts in Friday’s game including Gonzales, Duncan and Faye Curran…Temple head coach Marybeth Freeman was an assistant at Maryland from 2003-09 and helped win the 2005, 2006 and 2008 NCAA titles. Temple assistant Katie Gerzabek played at Maryland from 2010-14, was an NFHCA All-American and helped win the 2011 NCAA title.