LANCASTER, Pa. - The sixth-ranked Maryland field hockey team’s dominant second half fell just short vs. No. 12 Boston College as the Terrapins fell 2-1 Sunday in the Big Ten/ACC Cup at the Spooky Nook Sports Complex in Lancaster, Pa.
Maryland trailed by one goal at halftime, then came out threatening throughout the second half. The Terrapins outshot the Eagles 11-3 in the second half and 13-9 overall.
“I think BC is a strong team and they play in a strong conference,” head coach Missy Meharg said. “Physically, they were very tough on our forwards. That said, we dominated the second half with 11 shots and six penalty corner opportunities. We’re rotating six or seven first year players, so for us, it’s about getting these touches and these minutes. Getting these top-10, top-15 matchups on the schedule is a real positive for this developing team.”
Maryland came out of the gate pressuring with opportunities in the first seven minutes. But the Eagles capitalized on their first offensive opportunity of the game, when Caroline McGovern scored off a long run and sent it into the bottom left corner of the cage eight minutes in.
The Eagles would hold onto their 1-0 lead at halftime.
The Terrapins (1-2) continued to pressure to start the second period, earning penalty corners in the first seven minutes, but both shots went wide.
Boston College (4-0) made it a two-goal lead when it capitalized on its first offensive possession of the second half. Fusine Govaert redirected a shot from Brigid Wood eight minutes into the second half.
The Terrapins used their timeout with 4:32 to play and pulled goalkeeper Sarah Holliday from goal in favor of an extra field player to pressure on offense. They continued to pressure.
Next weekend, Maryland will host No. 9 Louisville (2-1), Towson (0-3) and American (2-1) in the Terrapin Invitational at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex. The Terrapins will take on the Tigers Friday at 1 p.m., with the Cardinals and the Eagles taking the pitch at 4 p.m.
Maryland will play ninth-ranked Louisville Sunday at 11:30 a.m., with American and Towson facing off at 2 p.m.
Admission will be free for all games. Parking will be free and open for Sunday’s games, but for Friday, fans coming to campus prior to 4 p.m. will need to park in lot 4B, or will be subject to ticketing. Please visit umterps.com this week for updated information.
DEFLECTIONS…Maryland owns the all-time series 12-2 over Boston College… Meharg owns a record of 528-130-9 (.798) in her 30 years as head coach of the Terrapins…Maryland is now 198-64 (.740) vs. ranked teams.