BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The ninth-ranked Maryland field hockey team (4-2) used a strong second half surge to win at Indiana, 3-1, Friday in both teams’ Big Ten opener. After a scoreless first half, the Terrapins scored three times in the second half to win their third straight game and fifth overall vs. the Hoosiers (4-3).
Maryland outshot Indiana, 5-3, in the first half and took two penalty corners to one for the Hoosiers.
The Terrapins came out pressuring in the second period and controlled the half, outshooting Indiana 16-3.
Less than seven minutes later, senior Lein Holsboer scored her first of two goals on the day, when she finished off her own rebounded shot on another penalty corner.
Indiana’s Elle Hempt cut the Terrapins’ lead to 2-1 when she scored off a penalty corner in the 61st minute.
Maryland answered 25 seconds later when Holsboer hit one through the goalkeeper’s legs for the 3-1 lead.
Maryland goalkeeper Sarah Holliday made three saves in the win.
“Super pleased with our backfield and our structure and our energy today,” head coach Missy Meharg said. “We’ve been taking shots and getting opportunities, so it was just a matter of time until they started going in. Linnea Gonzales really dominated all over the field and she was a catalyst to our structure and maturity.”
First-year played Bodil Keus was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for the first time in her career and first weekly honor for the Terrapins this year. Earlier Wednesday, Keus was also named Longstreth/NFHCA National Defensive Player of the Week.
Maryland was tabbed as the No. 9 team in the country in the Penn Monto/Division I Coaches poll released Sept. 12.
Next, Maryland will return home to host Bucknell (3-4) Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex. Admission and parking for Sunday’s contest are both free.
DEFLECTIONS… Holsboer reached 50 career points in Friday’s matchup…Carrie Hanks made her 75th career appearance as a Terrapin…the Terrapins are now 5-0 all-time vs. Indiana... Since joining the league in 2014, the Terps are 23-4 in conference play…Maryland is 112-35-3 (.757) all-time vs. Big Ten teams and head coach Missy Meharg is 95-15-1 (.868) vs. Big Ten opponents…she is now 531-130-9 (.799) in her 30 years as head coach at Maryland.