COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The seventh-ranked Maryland field hockey team (4-2) beat crosstown opponent American, 6-2, Sunday in the Terrapin Invitational at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.
Sophomore Linnea Gonzales and senior Grace Balsdon each scored twice for the Terrapins, who won their third straight game. In the Terps’ two games this weekend, Gonzales tallied four goals and an assist for nine points.
“This was a great outcome,” head coach Missy Meharg said. “American plays the fastest hockey of any team that we’ve played so far this year. They create incredible havoc. They have huge wills and they imposed that on us. We were fortunate to come away with some really good shot selections and finish.”
Gonzales opened the scoring when she sent in a hard shot from out near the circle in the 13th minute.
Twelve minutes later, Balsdon made it a two-goal lead for the Terrapins when she banged in a goal off a penalty corner. Junior Carrie Hanks assisted on the play. Maryland would lead American 2-0 at the break.
Gonzales added her second score 10 minutes into the second period when she tipped in a shot off a penalty corner. Hanks added her second assist of the day as the Terps took a 3-0 lead.
Senior Welma Luus scored four minutes later when she deflected in Gonzales’ high shot in the 49th minute to make it 4-0 Maryland.
The Eagles got on the board in the 55th minute when Rafaela Rubas sent in a hard shot off a penalty corner. Five minutes later, American scored on another penalty corner, this time by Haley Bowcutt.
Maryland responded with two goals in the final six minutes. Freshman Sophie Pelzer scored with a high shot into the top left corner of the cage with 5:37 to play. Balsdon added her second score off a penalty corner at the buzzer to finalize the score at 6-2.
The Terrapins outshot the Eagles, 25-11. Sophomore goalkeeper Sarah Holliday made five saves in her 66 minutes in goal. American goalkeeper Maura Jacobs made 11 stops in the match.
The Terrapins will open Big Ten play next weekend when they host Indiana (4-2) Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex. Admission and parking are both free for Saturday’s game.
All youth fans ages 13 and younger are invited to attend a pregame clinic hosted by the Maryland Field Hockey team. Starting at 11 a.m., all fans are welcome to play nine holes of mini golf at the Complex. Click here for more on the promotional schedule.
Saturday’s match is also the Terrapins’ Pride game. All Pride Student Group Members in attendance will be entered in for a chance to win an LG 360 Cam capable of taking 180º and 360º degree photos and videos.
The Maryland-Indiana game Saturday 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.
DEFLECTIONS: Maryland is 42-1 all-time vs. American and has won the last 16 straight matchups, dating back to 2004…The Terps are 149-17 (.898) all-time at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex…Meharg currently holds a record of 513-125-9 (.800) in her 29 years at Maryland…The Terps were tabbed as the No. 6 team in the country in the Penn Monto/Division I Coaches Preseason poll released last Tuesday…The Terrapins return 14 letterwinners and seven starters from last year's Big Ten title squad, while welcoming 10 freshmen to the roster.
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