COLLEGE PARK, Md. --The 10th-ranked Maryland field hockey team (6-4, 2-1 B1G) dropped a back-and-forth match to No. 14 Northwestern, 3-2, Sunday at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.
The Wildcats (7-4, 2-1) scored in the opening minutes, then the Terrapins put in two unanswered goals for a 2-1 lead. Northwestern tied it up and took the lead back in the last 20 minutes.
“This was a great game,” head coach Missy Meharg said. “We started out slow. They got a penalty corner to start and scored in the first 2:34. That sets you on your heels. Overall, super pleased with the growth of the team. We definitely played a good brand of hockey and put ourselves in a position to win. We’re a work in progress and these young kids are going to get better and better every day.”
The Wildcats got on the board just 2:34 into the match off the first penalty corner of the game. Pascale Massey deflected in a shot by Puck Pentenga from the left post.
Maryland tied it up in the 26th minute when fifth-year senior Brooke Adler took a pass from junior Sabrina Rhodes on the right side and sent it in from five yards out. The teams would stay tied at halftime.
Senior Lein Holsboer gave the Terrapins a 2-1 lead when she collected a loose ball in front of the cage and sent it in just 3:36 into the second half.
The Wildcats tied the match in the 50th minute when Massey scored off the rebound on a penalty corner. Northwestern took its 3-2 lead when Kirsten Mansfield deflected in a shot from Pentenga off a penalty corner in the 55th minute.
Maryland outshot Northwestern 16-15. Goalkeeper Sarah Holliday had six saves.
Holsboer was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week and Kyler Greenwalt was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week for their first career weekly honors.
Maryland was tabbed as the No. 10 team in the country in the Penn Monto/Division I Coaches poll released Sept. 19.
Next, Maryland will travel to take on No. 9 Michigan (7-2, 3-0) Friday at 6 p.m. in Ann Arbor. Live Stats will be available and updates will also be posted to the Maryland Field Hockey Twitter feed, so "Follow" to get updates sent straight to you.
DEFLECTIONS… The Terps lead the all-time series with the Wildcats 16-8.…Meharg is now 533-132-9 (.797) in her 30 years as head coach at Maryland…the Terps are 164-21 (.882) all-time at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex…Maryland is 104-24 (.813) vs. ranked teams at home and 200-65 (.757) vs. ranked teams overall since 1999.