No. 11 Maryland field hockey swept by No. 5 Michigan falling to .500 on the season

(Courtesy of Maryland Athletics)

Despite a dominant offensive performance, the Terps (6-6, 4-3, B1G) could not find the back of the net and ultimately fell to the Wolverines (9-2, 6-0, B1G) 2-0 and lost their third straight game. 

“I feel a little deja vu from yesterday’s game from a standpoint of dominating,” head coach Missy Meharg said. 

The Terps had numerous opportunities to score but could not convert despite outshooting the Wolverines 13-6 and earned seven penalty corners compared to the Wolverines three. 

“I think our execution, speed of our push out and accuracy was off,” Meharg said. “I think [midfielder] Nathalie [Fiechter] had a miss trap and mainly because we were not on target from beginning to end. I would say with more detail on our part we would be having a good percentage of those go in.”

As always the Terps will continue to work on penalty corners and taking advantage of their opportunities. 

“I think turning our possessions into creating opportunities and actually capitalizing on them,” Fiechter said. 

After forward Mayv Clune’s shot sailed wide, the Wolverines quickly moved the ball up the field. Midfielder Lora Clarke received a pass into the shooting circle. She then tapped the ball forward to forward Tina D’Anjolell who hit the ball over a diving Noelle Frost giving Michigan a 1-0 lead in the second quarter. 

The Terps threatened less than a minute into the third quarter, but Michigan’s goalie Anna Speiker stretched her legs out and saved Clune and midfielder Emma DeBerdine’s back-to-back shots. Speiker finished the match with four saves.

The Wolverines added on to their lead with an Anouk Veen goal off their only fourth quarter penalty corner attempt.

Maryland was without one of its veteran leaders today as Brooke DeBerdine missed her first ever collegiate match because of an injury. Despite dropping to .500, Meharg is still optimistic about the team and their outlook for the rest of the season.

“We are so new together,” Meharg said. “We are a work in progress. Right now we are doing everything we can to learn about these opponents, cause we are only playing Big Ten [teams].” 

The Terps will be back in action against Rutgers in College Park on Thursday night at 6 p.m. and Saturday at noon to end the regular season.

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