#8 Terps Advance to Big Ten Semifinals

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The second-seeded Maryland field hockey team scored twice in the first three minutes and never looked back in a 3-0 shutout victory over Michigan State in the Big Ten Quarterfinals Sunday.

Senior Lein Holsboer scored her 11th goal of the season in the first 25 seconds and freshman Brooke DeBerdine scored her first career goal as a Terrapin less than three minutes later. Maryland (13-5) moves on to the Big Ten Tournament Semifinals next weekend in East Lansing, Mich.

“It’s outstanding to come out and dominate,” head coach Missy Meharg said. “We’re working very hard on our press and counter attacks. To get 34 shots is outstanding. We’d love to have more goals, but it’s very exciting. We’re very proud of the women for advancing. It’s that time of the year about survive and advance and we’re doing that.”

Holsboer got the Terps on the board just 25 seconds into the match when she took a pass from freshman Sophie Giezeman, brought it just inside the circle and scored.

Two and a half minutes later, DeBerdine made it a two-goal lead for Maryland. Giezeman passed it up to DeBerdine, who scored from the right side just under three minutes into the game. Maryland would lead Michigan State (8-11), 2-0, at halftime.

Freshman Bodil Keus made it a three-goal game when she banged in a shot off a penalty corner with just over 15 minutes to play. Holsboer and fifth-year senior Brooke Adler assisted on the play.

Maryland outshot Michigan State, 34-5, and had 11 penalty corners to two. Junior goalkeeper Sarah Holliday made two saves.

TheI Terrapins have won seven games straight, including four straight over ranked teams, including No. 25 Ohio State, No. 6 Penn State, No. 3 Virginia and No. 21 Rutgers.

Kyler Greenwalt was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week Monday for the second time this year.

Maryland has scored 27 goals in the last seven games. They scored 26 in their previous 11 games to start the season. Six Terrapins have scored five goals or more.

Maryland will take on third-seeded Penn State (15-3) in the Big Ten Tournament Semifinals Friday at 1:30 p.m. ET in East Lansing, Mich. Top-seeded Michigan (16-2) will play fourth-seeded Northwestern (14-5) at 11 a.m. ET in the first semifinal of the day. Both semifinals and Sunday’s championship game will be televised around the world on the Big Ten Network, and the BTN2Go app. For more on the Big Ten Tournament, click here.

DEFLECTIONS… Maryland leads the all-time series with Michigan State, 9-0… Meharg owns an all-time record of 540-133-9 (.798)…the Terps are 8-2 in the Big Ten Tournament… The Terps are 118-37-3 (.756) all-time against Big Ten opponents… Meharg is 101-17-1 (.853) vs. Big Ten opponents in her 30 years at the helm of the Maryland field hockey program