LANCASTER, Pa. – The sixth-ranked Maryland field hockey team (1-1) fell just short vs. No. 2 Duke, 2-0, Friday evening in the Big Ten/ACC Cup at the Spooky Nook Sports Complex in Lancaster, Pa.
Junior goalkeeper Sarah Holliday notched a career-high 12 saves in the match as Maryland threatened throughout the second half with energy and opportunites.
“The opportunity to play a team like Duke this early in the season is fantastic,” head coach Missy Meharg said. “They’re senior-laden, they’ve got a ton of experience. They brought an energy onto the field. If we had an opportunity to play our second half in the first half, I think we may see a different outcome and a different level of play. We opened up a little bit slow and Duke took advantage of that.”
Duke (2-0) struck first, taking the first lead 4:46 into the match when Ashley Kristen scored off a rebounded shot. The Blue Devils took a 2-0 lead when Ainsley Gill finished off a penalty corner in the 16th minute.
The Terrapins pressured the Blue Devils throughout the second half, cracking three shots and looking for more opportunities.
Eighteen Terps played in Friday’s match, including seven newcomers to the squad.
“When you’ve got many new players who are really contributing in a match like this early in the season, you want to give everyone as many minutes and an understanding of Final Four-level hockey,” Meharg said. “That’s what we saw in the second half and we’re super proud of the energy in the second half.”
Maryland will play No. 12 Boston College (3-0) in the Big Ten/ACC Cup this weekend at the Spooky Nook Sports Complex Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students with a student ID and children 14 and under. For more information, click here.
Seniors Carrie Hanks, Lein Holsboer and junior Linnea Gonzales were named to the Big Ten Players to Watch list last week. Fifth-year senior Marissa Cutry will serve as the Terrapins’ team captain this season.