COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The 17th-ranked Maryland field hockey team (8-5) scored in the opening minutes and never looked back as the Terps beat Liberty, 4-1, Sunday afternoon in their annual Pink Game for breast cancer awareness.
Sophomore Madison Maguire scored in the first 70 seconds of the game to jumpstart the Terps’ offense, which took 17 shots to the Flames’ seven.
“Maryland has started two games in a row really dominating, with a mindset to win the games and a mindset to score goals,” head coach Missy Meharg said. “Couldn’t be more proud of the win for back-to-back games like that. It’s an area we’ve worked super hard on. It’s coming to the forefront.
This game had a lot of flavor to it. We had a lot of different things with timeouts, injuries, player cards, referrals and I thought our team handled those things with a lot of maturity. Lein Holsboer, Carrie Hanks and Brooke Adler were super mature.”
Maguire wasted no time getting Maryland on the board. She collected a loose ball in front of the cage and sent it into the net just 70 seconds into the match.
In the eighth minute, Maryland was awarded a penalty stroke. Freshman Bodil Keus sent it in to make it a 2-0 lead for the Terps.
Liberty (5-7) got on the board five and a half minutes into the second half when Jill Bolton scored off a hard shot from just inside the circle.
Keus added her second score of the day when she banged one in off a penalty corner with no time on the clock. Holsboer added her second assist on the day and junior Sabrina Rhodes picked one up as well.
Junior goalkeeper Sarah Holliday added three saves.
Maryland was tabbed as the No. 17 team in the country in the Penn Monto/Division I Coaches poll released Oct. 3.
The Terps will host a pair of Big Ten matchups next weekend. The Terrapins will host Ohio State (6-6, 0-4) Friday at 4 p.m. and No. 5 Penn Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex. Admission is free for both games.
Fans planning to attend Friday’s game can park in lot 4B after 2 p.m. Fans parked prior to 2 p.m. are subject to ticketing. Click here for a campus parking map. Parking is free and open for Sunday’s contest.
Friday’s matchup with the Buckeyes will be Maryland’s Alumni game with all alumni invited back. The Terrapins will also honor all NCAA, Big Ten and ACC Champions on the field at halftime. Friday is the Terps’ PRIDE Game and all Pride members are invited to attend.
Sunday’s game vs. Penn State 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… This marked Maryland’s first meeting with Liberty…The Terps are 165-21 (.887) all-time at the Complex… Meharg is now 535-133-9 (.797) in her 30 years as head coach at Maryland.