COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The 10th-ranked Maryland field hockey team (5-3) came up just short in a second half push and fell to No. 17 Princeton, 2-1, Tuesday evening at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.
The Terrapins trailed early, then scored with 24 minutes to play, but ultimately fell shy.
“Princeton is a very athletic team,” head coach Missy Meharg. “They are super well-coached. They’re always going to bring a flavor of championship-level field hockey to a contest. The difference for us has been and continues to be playing 35 minutes instead of 70. We’re so proud of our second half. Maryland played incredible field hockey. We were first to every 50-50 ball. We countered, we attacked and we scored. We're going to continue to work and train very hard.”
Princeton (2-4) scored 3:38 into the match when Ryan McCarthy took advantage of a one-on-one with a hard shot from just inside the circle. The Tigers made it a two-goal lead when Clara Roth sent in a rebounded shot off a penalty corner in the 27th minute. They would lead 2-0 at halftime.
Maryland got on the board when freshman Bodil Keus sent in a penalty stroke in the 46th minute. The Terps trailed 2-1 with 24:01 to play.
The Terrapins continued to pressure the Tigers’ defense throughout the second period, taking seven shots. Maryland pulled goalkeeper Sarah Holliday from the goal in favor of an extra field player with 4:05 to play, but fell just short.
Maryland outshot Princeton, 14-12, and had five penalty corners to three for the Tigers. Holliday made four saves and freshman Hannah Bond made two defensive saves in the match.
Next, Maryland will host No. 19 Iowa (4-5) Friday at 3 p.m. at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex. Admission is free. Fans coming to campus prior to 4 p.m. can park in lot 4B. Fans parked outside of lot 4B are subject to ticketing. Click here for a campus parking map.
Maryland will host No. 14 Northwestern (5-3) Sunday at 1 p.m. in College Park.
DEFLECTIONS… Maryland owns the all-time series over Princeton, 22-9-1… Meharg is now 532-131-9 (.798) in her 30 years as head coach at Maryland…the Terps are 163-20 (.891) all-time at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.