COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The 16th-ranked Maryland field hockey team took down No. 6 Penn State, 2-1, in double overtime Sunday when senior Carrie Hanks scored the game-winning goal in the 87th minute on Senior Day.
The Terrapins (10-5, 5-2 B1G) were locked in a defensive battle with the Nittany Lions (12-3, 4-2) for 86 minutes, then Hanks took a ball from sophomore Madison Maguire for just her second goal of the year. The Terps have won four straight games.
“First and foremost, this is a breakthrough outcome for our team,” head coach Missy Meharg said. “We’ve been close. We’ve put great segments of hockey together and I think we played the game with a complete intensity. We gained a lot of control, even when it was chaotic. I couldn’t say enough about Bodil Keus. She’s a freshman, so that makes me super happy about the future of our backfield. Penn State is an awesome team and I’m sure we will see them again.”
The two teams stayed scoreless through the first period. Maryland outshot Penn State, 10-3, in the first 35 minutes.
Senior Lein Holsboer finally broke open the scoring when she tipped in a loose ball rebound from the left post in the 41st minute.
Less than three minutes later, Penn State tied the game at 1-1 when Abby Myers sent in a shot off a rebound with 27 minutes to play.
At the end of the regulation, Maryland and Penn State headed to the 15-minute, 7-vs.-7, golden goal overtime period. Junior goalkeeper Sarah Holliday made three of her nine saves in the first overtime.
Hanks scored just 1:12 into the second overtime when she took the ball from Maguire and sent in a high shot that banged in off the crossbar.
Maryland took 21 shots to Penn State’s 16 and had five penalty corners to four.
DEFLECTIONS… Maryland is now 116-53 (.686) all-time vs. top 10 teams and is 105-25 vs. ranked teams at home (.808)…Meharg is now 537-133-9 (.798) all-time in her 30 years as head coach at Maryland… The Terps are 116-37-3 (.753) all-time against Big Ten opponents…Meharg is 99-17-1 (.85-) vs. Big Ten opponents…The Terrapins are 38-3 (.927) vs. Big Ten teams at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.