COLLEGE PARK, Md. – No. 2 Maryland field hockey shut down Miami (Ohio), 6-0, Sunday in the final game of the Terrapin Invitational in College Park. The Terps put their offensive firepower and depth to use, as six players scored in the win, and their defense put together its second shutout of the year.
As dominant as the offense was, Maryland’s defense held Miami (Ohio) without a shot until the final two minutes of the first half and without a corner until the 55th minute.
“We played such great counter defense, collectively and individually,” head coach Missy Meharg said. “For most of the game, Miami had zero shots. That’s been our goal since last weekend and even from yesterday. We just wanted to stay focused on defense and really stay vigilant on who’s got marks. I was very impressed with our deep defense. I thought Ali McEvoy and Sarah Sprink were tremendous together with that. Our attack penalty corner unit today was absolutely detailed and on fire.”
The Redhawks (3-4) held the Terrapins’ offense at bay for the first 12 minutes of the game. Maryland (6-0) broke through off its first corner of the game. Steffi Schneid notched her first goal of the season off the corner for a 1-0 lead 12:15 in.
The Terps held on to their one-score lead for another 12 minutes, until Jill Witmer jumpstarted a quick three-goal run. Witmer sent a hard shot from near the top of the circle and found redshirt freshman Emma Rissinger at the right post for the deflection in the 25th minute. Fifty seconds later, Witmer scored herself as she took a pass from Ali McEvoy from out near midfield, turned and shot around the Redhawk’s keeper.
Three minutes later, Hayley Turner made it 4-0 before the break when she tipped in Sarah Sprink’s shot off a corner from the right post.
Sophomore Alyssa Parker made it 5-0 in the 50th minute when junior Maxine Fluharty found her behind the Miami keeper for the score. McEvoy notched the Terps’ sixth goal off a penalty corner setup from Anna Dessoye and Fluharty.
Maryland outshot Miami (Ohio), 22-7. Brooke Cabrera picked up two saves in her 22 minutes in the goal and Jill Genovese added one as well.
Next, Maryland will welcome No. 18 Wake Forest to College Park Friday at 7 p.m. for its ACC opener. Live stats will be available for Friday’s game at UMTerps.com and the game will be shown live online for a fee on TerpsTV Premium. The matchup can be heard online for free via Maryland’s campus station, WMUCSports.wordpress.com and live updates will be available at @TerpFieldHockey.
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