DURHAM, N.C. -- The ninth-ranked Maryland field hockey team (15-6) scored twice in the final seven minutes to top No. 2 Duke, 3-2, Sunday in the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals at the Blue Devils’ Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium in Durham, N.C.
Duke (17-4) led most of the second half, then, goals by Big Ten Freshman of the Year Bodil Keus and All-Big Ten First Team honoree Linnea Gonzales sent the Terps to their 18th Final Four and 17th under head coach Missy Meharg. This is Maryland’s first NCAA Semifinal appearance since 2013.
“Since the beginning of August, I’ve been amazed at this team’s resilience,” Meharg said. “When you think they’re down, they just come back for more. Their ability to execute under high pressure is phenomenal. I couldn’t be more proud of having an opportunity to play a great Duke team. We were able to take the wind out of their sails with our pressure over the last 10 minutes. This is a real tribute to our leadership. The seniors in Brooke Adler, Lein Holsboer and Carrie Hanks were phenomenal in orchestrating this come-from-behind victory.”
Duke got on the board first when Rose Tynan sent in a high shot off the crossbar just 86 seconds into the match.
Freshman Kyler Greenwalt tied the match in the 23rd minute when she deflected in a pass from sophomore Madison Maguire’s stick. Maguire intercepted the ball, brought it into the circle and sent a pass to the left to Greenwalt who sent in a pass to the bottom left corner of the cage. They would stay tied at 1-1 through halftime.
Duke took the lead once more when Ashley Kristen scored from four yards out in the 42nd minute.
The Blue Devils would lead 2-1 for much of the second half, until Keus tied the match with 6:36 left to play. Senior Lein Holsboer earned a corner for the Terrapins with under 7:00 to play, then inserted on the penalty corner play. Keus scored with a perfect high drag flick into the top right corner of the cage to tie the match. Holsboer and fifth-year senior Brooke Adler assisted on the play.
Just under two minutes later, Gonzales flipped In a pass from Holsboer, who brought it into the circle along the endline. Gonzales’ shot flipped up into the cage over the goalkeeper.
Maryland took six shots to Duke’s 10 and two penalty corners to the Blue Devils’ three. Junior goalkeeper Sarah Holliday made five saves.
Maryland will take on No. 3 Michigan 21-2) in the NCAA Semfinals Friday at 4:45 p.m. at Louisville’s Trager Stadium. The Maryland-Michigan game will be streamed live online and links will be available later in the week. For the full NCAA bracket, click here.
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 59-21 (.738) all-time in NCAA Tournament games, which is the highest Tournament winning percentage in the nation. Missy Meharg is 55-20 (.733) all-time in NCAA Tournament games.
Maryland has scored 34 goals in the last 10 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 542-134-9 (.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.