#1 Maryland Pushes Past Northeastern, 4-1

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LANCASTER, Pa.  –  The top-ranked Maryland field hockey team scored four goals in the second half to push its way past Northeastern, 4-1, Sunday in the Terps’ final game of the Conference Cup at the Spooky Nook Sports Complex in Lancaster, Pa.

The Terrapins (2-0) outshot the Huskies (0-2), 14-2 in the first half and controlled the ball for most of the period, but found themselves in a scoreless tie at the break. Head coach Missy Meharg and her staff made adjustments at halftime, which the Terps responded to immediately.

"Very pleased with what Northeastern brought to the table," Meharg said. "They really made us build the game and that's never easy to do. The women were frustrated by their zone and their fall-away zone and at halftime, we talked about the emotion of frustration and how you beat it. I'm very pleased with their adjustments at halftime. Scoring four goals in the second half is outstanding."

Maryland earned a penalty corner in the first minute of the second period and junior Sarah Sprink scored her first goal of the season on the set piece. Sophomore Rachel Frusher notched an assist on the play.

Just over three minutes later, senior Maxine Fluharty made it a two-goal lead for the Terps when she deflected in Sprink’s shot off another penalty corner.

The Huskies got on the board to cut it to 2-1 in the 52nd minute when Marisa Dunn scored off a corner, but two minutes later, senior Steffi Schneid made a play to get the ball to junior Shari Jones, who finished it off to make it 3-1.

Freshman Moira Putsch scored her first career goal with under eight minutes to play off a pass from junior Anna Dessoye.

The Terrapins outshot the Huskies, 21-4 and had eight penalty corners to three. Northeastern goalkeeper Becky Garner had six saves, while redshirt senior goalkeeper Brooke Cabrera had one for the Terrapins.

Next, Maryland will return home to host No. 2 North Carolina Friday at 4 p.m. at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex. Admission is free for the Terps-Tar Heels game.

LiveStats will be available for Friday’s game vs. North Carolina and updates will also be posted to the Maryland Field Hockey Facebook page and Twitter feed, so "Like" and "Follow" to get updates sent straight to you.

The Terrapins were tabbed as the nation’s No. 1 team in the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Preseason poll released Tuesday.