EAST LANSING, Mich. -- The 17th-ranked Maryland field hockey team dominated Michigan State, 4-1, Friday afternoon behind senior Lein Holsboer’s one goal, three assist performance at Ralph Young Field.
Holsboer scored the Terps’ first goal just 6:15 into the match, then assisted on all three other goals to seal the win for Maryland (7-5, 3-2 B1G).
“Maryland played with a dominant mindset from the opening whistle,” head coach Missy Meharg said. “Michigan State applied a variety of different pressures which Carrie Hanks and our developing defensive unit adjusted to quickly. Lein Holsboer continues to threaten the opposition’s deep defense with a goal and three assists on the day. Michigan State’s new Astroturf field plays exceptionally well and we look forward to returning in November for the Big Ten Tournament.”
Holsboer scored in the seventh minute when she intercepted the ball, took it into the circle and slammed it home.
Nineteen minutes later, sophomore Kelee Lepage made it a two-goal lead for Maryland when she deflected in a pass from the baseline from Holsboer. The Terps would lead 2-0 at halftime.
Sophomore Madison Maguire wasted no time scoring the Terrapins’ third goal. Just under two minutes into the second half, she took a pass from outside the circle and scored from five yards out. Her goal made it a 3-0 lead.
Michigan State got on the board when Lauren Bonness scored in the 47th minute.
Senior Bodil Keus made it a 4-1 final score when she scored off a pass from Holsboer with just under four minutes to play.
Junior goalkeeper Sarah Holliday made 11 saves.
Maryland was tabbed as the No. 17 team in the country in the Penn Monto/Division I Coaches poll released Oct. 3.
The Terps will return home to College Park to host Liberty (4-6) Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex. The matchup with Liberty will be the Terrapins’ annual Pink Game for breast cancer awareness.
Admission and parking are both free for Sunday’s contest.
DEFLECTIONS… Maryland owns the all-time series with Michigan State, 8-0…the Terps are 114-37-3 (.750) all-time against Big Ten opponents…Meharg is 97-17-1 (.848) vs. Big Ten opponents…Since joining the league in 2014, the Terps are 25-4 in conference play… Meharg is now 534-133-9 (.797) in her 30 years as head coach at Maryland.