COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The 16th-ranked Maryland field hockey team beat No. 25 Ohio State, 3-1, Friday afternoon at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex behind a strong performance on both ends of the field.
“Ohio State is a great team. They are very, very aggressive,” head coach Missy Meharg. “They have come a long way since the beginning of the season. They’re definitely a team that is growing, just like we are.
Sarah Holliday was absolutely player of the game for us. She was in there at times when we were disorganized in the backfield. I love to see Kyler get on the board early like that. Great shots by Linnea and she and we’ve been working super hard on our goal scoring.”
Gonzales found Greenwalt for the first goal of the day just 71 seconds into the match. Gonzales brought the ball into the circle and passed it to Greenwalt for a straight-on shot from five yards out.
Maryland outshot Ohio State 10-3 in the first period and led 1-0 at the break.
Ohio State started the second half with five straight shots off of two penalty corners, but Holliday made five straight saves to hold the Buckeyes off.
Eight minutes into the second half, Gonzales made it a two-goal lead for Maryland when she took a pass from senior Lein Holsboer and scored.
Three minutes later, Keus put the Terps on top 3-0 when she slammed in a shot off a penalty corner, set up by Holsboer and fifth-year senior Brooke Adler.
Ohio State got on the board when Natalie Faust sent one in from the far post in the 60th minute.
Maryland took 19 shots to Ohio State’s 12 and had seven penalty corners to six. Holliday finished with five saves.
Prior to the game, the Terrapins recognized Meharg, who is in her 30th season as head coach of the Terrapins. She’s led them to a record of 536-133-9 (.797), seven NCAA titles, 23 conference titles and 16 Final Fours. She has been named NFHCA National Coach of the Year an unprecedented nine times in her career.
Maryland will host No. 6 Penn State (12-2, 4-1) Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex. Admission and parking are both free as the Terrapins will honor their six seniors in Brooke Adler, Marissa Cutry, Carrie Hanks, Lein Holsboer, Layne Litsinger and Maddy Ulery.
The Maryland-Penn State matchup will be televised around the world on the Big Ten Network. Click here for your channel number for BTN. Fans can watch online through BTN2Go.com or the BTN2Go app by entering their cable provider information.
DEFLECTIONS…Friday marked Sarah Holliday’s 50th career game…Maryland leads the all-time series over Ohio State, 12-0, and is 6-0 vs. the Buckeyes at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex… The Terps are 115-37-3 (.752) all-time against Big Ten opponents…Meharg is 98-17-1 (.849) vs. Big Ten opponents…The Terrapins are 37-3 (.925) vs. Big Ten teams at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.