By Gill Vesely
The Maryland Terrapins added another game to the win column with a victory over the New Hampshire Wildcats Sunday due in part to more offensive production by senior co-captains Sarah Sprink and Anna Dessoye.
The Terps (5-3 overall) continued to get on the board through corners, scoring three of their five goals off Wildcat penalties. Maryland leads the Big Ten with an average of 22 shots per game, and took exactly that many this game. Head coach Missy Meharg likes the offense her team is generating, and said after the game that she wasn’t surprised by the number of shots the Terps took.
“We’re very talented upfront,” she said. “We have good penalty corners. That’s what we shoot for is 20 or more.”
Freshman goalkeeper Sarah Holliday started the game for the Terps, giving up only one goal while making three saves. Senior Jill Genovese came in to relieve Holliday in the second half, also allowing one goal, but making four saves.
“Learning from the other goalies has been awesome,” Holliday said after the game. “A lot of people see it as a competition, but I think it’s really great to have that unit and be able to learn from each other.”
In addition to Sprink, who scored off two different corners in the first half, and Dessoye, whose score came late in the first half off a rebound, Carrie Hanks and Welma Luus also found the back of the cage for the Terps. Hanks’ goal – also off a corner – marked her first on the season. Sprink, who has played center back and midfield this season, talked about Hanks’ potential as a defender going forward.
“It is a hard job playing center back,” she said, “because it’s always something different the team needs at the moment. She’s going to be great. She’s so young, she’s a sophomore and she’s doing amazing, so can’t wait to see what she’s got the rest of the season.”
Luus’ goal, fired from about five yards in front of the cage, was made possible by an Emma Rissinger steal and a speedy carry downfield and assist by Julie Duncan.
Defensively, the Terps gave up 14 shots on goal, but the saves by Holliday and Genovese were enough to keep the Wildcats’ scoring low, allowing Maryland to seal the victory.
The Terps will face off against Princeton in a short-turnaround-time game on Tuesday in College Park.