AMHERST, Mass. – No. 2 Maryland field hockey overcame a tough first half to win at No. 7 Massachusetts, 4-1, Sunday. Sophomore Anna Dessoye scored her first of two goals with 35 seconds to play before the break to open the scoring.
Maryland (10-0, 2-0 ACC) was held scoreless through the first 34 minutes. The Terrapins’ powerful offense threatened throughout the first half until Dessoye punched through. She dribbled it to the left side of the circle, then sent a high shot into the right side of the cage. The Terps would lead the Minutewomen (7-4), 1-0 at the break.
“UMass had a disciplined defensive plan which earned them multiple attack penalty corners in transition,” head coach Missy Meharg said. “Natalie Hunter was outstanding in goal for us. Despite not playing our best brand of hockey today, we are proud of the women for finding a way to win.”
Redshirt freshman Emma Rissinger made it a two-goal lead the Terrapins in the 46th minute when she brought it in, then tucked it past the UMass goalkeeper. Four minutes later, Dessoye added her second goal for a 3-0 lead. Alyssa Parker sent a pass from the right side in front of the goal then Dessoye finished it off.
Lindsay Bowman of the Minutewomen put them on the board with just under 11 minutes to play off a rebound.
Senior Hayley Turner finalized the score at 4-1 when she sent in Parker’s pass with less than a minute to play.
Senior goalkeeper Natalie Hunter notched three saves, all in the second half, as the Minutewomen took nine shots in the second period.
Next, the Terps will take on No. 1 North Carolina (8-1, 1-1) Saturday at 1 p.m. in Chapel Hill, N.C. Live stats will be available for Saturday’s game at UMTerps.com and live updates will be available at @TerpFieldHockey.