COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland field hockey team’s comeback bid in the final minutes vs. No. 15 Old Dominion fell just short Sunday as the Terrapins fell, 3-2, in their first loss of the year.
The Terrapins (15-1, 4-0 ACC) had opportunities and numbers advantages in the final 20 minutes due to Natalie Hunter being pulled from the goal and a yellow card dealt to the Monarchs. Maxine Fluharty capitalized once to cut the Monarchs’ lead to one, but the Terps couldn’t convert to tie the game.
“I thought we put up a great fight towards the end to get a goal back,” head coach Missy Meharg said. “Unfortunately, we started the game a little slower than we had anticipated. I thought we played very well in the final 20 minutes and Delaney Leathers did a great job as our kicking back.”
Old Dominion (9-6) jumped out to an early lead in the first 66 seconds of play. The Monarchs won a corner on their first possession, then Rosario Villagra put them on the board 1:06 in with a shot from the left post.
Maryland answered just over 14 minutes later. Senior Shelby Sydnor put back a rebounded shot to tie the game. They would stay tied through halftime.
The Monarchs took the lead back with just under 20 minutes to play when Danielle Clutter scored off a short pass from Katy Fuhrman. Sixty-seven seconds later, they scored again to take a 3-1 lead when Villagra got her second on the day off a penalty corner.
Meharg called timeout with just under 10 minutes to play. Old Dominion’s Nicole Goff picked up a yellow card with 6:43 to play, which would leave the Terrapins up a player for five minutes. With 6:29 to go, Meharg pulled Hunter from goal to put in freshman Delaney Leathers as a kicking back and an extra field player, which actually gave Maryland a two-player advantage on the field with the yellow card.
Forty-seven seconds later and with 5:42 to play, Katie Gerzabek found Fluharty near the top of the circle for a score off a long shot. Maryland took two more shots in the final minutes, but couldn’t convert.
The Terps outshot the Monarchs, 17-13 and each had four penalty corners. Hunter notched six saves and ODU keeper Megan Hept had seven.
Next, Maryland will host No. 6 Virginia (15-3, 3-2) Friday at 6 p.m. in the Terrapins’ final ACC home game. The match will be Maryland’s annual pink game in honor of breast cancer awareness. The Terps are asking fans to consider donating to the National Foundation for Cancer Research at https://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/maryland-fieldhockey/p4tc.