PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- The 12th-ranked Maryland field hockey team (12-5, 6-2 B1G) rolled past No. 21 Rutgers, 6-0, in the regular season finale in Piscataway Sunday afternoon. Junior Melissa Wilken and sophomore Madison Maguire each notched their first career hat tricks in the win.
With the victory, the Terrapins locked up the No. 2 seed in the Big Ten Tournament. They will host a quarterfinal matchup vs. Michigan State next Sunday in College Park.
Wilken scored two of her three goals in the first half, with the third 12 minutes into the second half. Maguire scored her first just before halftime, then scored twice in a minute for Maryland’s final two goals.
Wilken broke open the scoring when she collected a loose ball rebound and tipped it in in the seventh minute.
In the 25th minute, Wilken made it a two-goal lead for the Terps when she sent a shot into the empty side of the net from 10 yards out.
Maguire added her first score off a pass from freshman Kyler Greenwalt. Maguire took the pass and scored from right in front of the goal. Maryland led 3-0 at the break.
Twelve minutes into the second half, Wilken scored the Terps’ fourth goal off a pass from junior Linnea Gonzales from the left side.
Just under five minutes later, Maguire combined with fifth-year senior Brooke Adler to finish off a 2-on-1 with the Rutgers keeper. Sixty-five seconds later Maguire tipped in a shot from five yards out with 22:03 to play.
Maryland outshot Rutgers, 17-5. Junior goalkeeper Sarah Holliday made one save.
The Terrapins have won six games straight, including four straight over ranked teams. They beat No. 25 Ohio State, 3-1, last Friday, after Kyler Greenwalt scored 71 seconds in. Last Sunday, they beat No. 6 Penn State, 2-1, in double overtime after Carrie Hanks scored in the 87th minute. At No. 3 Virginia Tuesday, Greenwalt scored twice as the Terps dominated 68 minutes of the 70 minute match.
Bodil Keus was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week Monday for her second career weekly honor.
Maryland was tabbed as the No. 12 team in the country in the Penn Monto/Division I Coaches poll released Oct. 17.
The Maryland-Michigan State matchup will be Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex. Michigan State will host the advancing teams Nov. 3 and 5 in East Lansing. For more on the Big Ten Tournament, click here.
DEFLECTIONS… Maryland leads the all-time series with Rutgers, 30-3-1, and has won the last 13 straight matchups, dating back to 1999…Sixth-year Rutgers head coach Meredith (Long) Civico is a Maryland field hockey alum…she played for head coach Missy Meharg in 2003 and 2005 and was a member of the 2005 NCAA title team…Meharg has led the Terrapins to a record of 539-133-9 (.798)… The Terps are 117-37-3 (.755) all-time against Big Ten opponents… Meharg is 100-17-1 (.852) vs. Big Ten opponents in her 30 years at the helm of the Maryland field hockey program…Since joining the league in 2014, the Terps are 28-4 in conference play.