Terps Hold Off #9 Michigan, 2-1
Sept. 4, 2011
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland field hockey team (3-1) held off No. 9 Michigan's late rally for a 2-1 win Saturday afternoon at the Terps' home opener at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex. Senior Jemma Buckley and sophomore Jill Witmer each scored in the win.
"This was a big result for this group, coming off of a really tough battle on Friday," head coach Missy Meharg said. "I'm so proud of the way this new team came out and made a commitment to their style and their standard of protecting this house. Michigan is a great team. They're formidable and they are a championship team."
After a scoreless first half, Buckley put the Terps on the board less than two minutes into the second period. Her shot was deflected in off of a penalty corner set up from junior Harriet Tibble and freshman Katie Gerzabek.
In the 47th minute, Witmer sent one in off of an assist by sophomore Ali McEvoy for the Terps' second goal.
After a Michigan timeout with 18:30 remaining in the game, the Wolverines began their rally to get on the board. They scored with just over seven minutes remaining in the game when Emy Guttman tipped in a shot into the left corner of the cage.
To continue their surge, the Wolverines (2-2) got three of their five penalty corners in the final five and a half minutes of the game. On all three corners, the Terrapin defense held tough as two of the three shots were blocked and McEvoy notched a defensive save on one as well.
Sophomore goalkeeper Natalie Hunter notched four saves, while Haley Jones of Michigan had four as well. The Terps took 16 shots, 11 in the second half, to the Wolverines' 13 and notched six corners to UM's five.
"Our leadership was great. Jemma Buckley and Megan Frazer were great leaders when we needed them at the end of the game," Meharg said. "Their energy and verbal commands were well-received by their teammates. We grew a ton today and we're looking forward to the Terrapin Invitational next weekend."
The official student support group of Maryland field hockey, The Club, was on-hand Saturday to support the Terrapins, as over 700 people came out to watch the home opener.
Next weekend, the Terrapins will play host to the annual Terrapin Invitational tournament with American, Northwestern, Ohio and Villanova all coming to College Park. Maryland will play Northwestern in the tournament opener Saturday at 11 a.m., with American taking on Ohio at 1 p.m. The AU Eagles will play Northwestern at noon Sunday and the Terps will close the tournament with Villanova at 2 p.m. Gametracker live stats will be available for all four games and both admission and parking to all games are free.