DURHAM, N.C. -- The ninth-ranked Maryland field hockey team (14-6) shut out No. 12 Wake Forest, 2-0, Saturday in the NCAA Tournament First Round at Duke’s Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium in Durham, N.C.
Maryland allowed Wake Forest just three shots on the day and held the Demon Deacons (12-8) without a penalty corner.
“Maryland played with a dominant mentality from the beginning to the end of 70 minutes,” head coach Missy Meharg said. “It’s amazing not to give up a penalty corner against a Wake Forest team that their skillsets and attack penalty corners are some of the best in the country. It’s a real tribute to our deep defense, but more importantly was our defensive mentality. We really couldn’t be more proud of the Maryland women for advancing. We have a great opportunity to play a team that we opened with this year. Duke’s a phenomenal team and we look forward to playing them in Durham on their field.”
Junior Linnea Gonzales broke the Terps through when she put one in the goal in the 23rd minute for a 1-0 lead. She intercepted the ball, brought it into the circle and buried a shot from five yards out for the score.
Maryland would hold onto that one-goal lead through halftime. The Terrapins took nine shots to Wake Forest’s two in the first period.
The Terrapins finished with 11 shots to Wake Forest’s three and had three penalty corners. Junior goalkeeper Sarah Holliday made two saves.
Maryland will take on No. 2 Duke (17-3) in the NCAA Quarterfinals Sunday at 2 p.m. The Maryland-Duke game will be streamed live online free of charge here. Live Stats will be available here. Updates will also be posted to the Maryland Field Hockey Twitter feed. For the full NCAA bracket, click here.
Duke beat Miami (Ohio), 3-2, in Saturday’s First Round.
Four of the eight teams remaining in the NCAA Tournament are Big Ten teams. Michigan, Northwestern, Penn State and Maryland helped the league go 4-0 in First Round action.
This is Maryland’s 23rd straight NCAA Tournament appearance - the longest active streak in the country. The Terps have made 29 NCAA Tournament appearances and are 58-21 (.734) all-time in NCAA Tournament games, which is the highest Tournament winning percentage in the nation. Missy Meharg is 54-20 (.730) all-time in NCAA Tournament games.
Maryland has scored 31 goals in the last nine games. They scored 26 in their previous 11 games to start the season. Six Terrapins have scored five goals or more.
Senior Lein Holsboer and junior Linnea Gonzales were named to the All-Big Ten First Team. Senior Carrie Hanks made the All-Big Ten Second Team and Bodil Keus was voted Big Ten Freshman of the Year. Holsboer and Hanks made the All-Big Ten Tournament Team.
Head coach Missy Meharg is in her 30th season as head coach of the Terrapins. She’s led them to a record of 541-134-9 (.798), 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.