No. 15 Maryland field hockey loses a heartbreaker to No. 6 Michigan in OT

By: Alex Rychwalski

The No. 15 Maryland Terrapins lost a heartbreaker to the No. 6 Michigan Wolverines 3-2 on a last second goal at the end of the second overtime.

For the third time in four games, the Terps conceded a goal in the first four minutes of play. Michigan’s Carly Bennett scored one minute into the game to put the Wolverines up 1-0.

Maryland’s slow carried over to the offensive end as well, as they didn’t get their first shot on goal until 10:12 into the game when Kyler Greenwalt sent a shot wide.

Michigan continued to stretch their lead when a Wolverine penalty corner led to a second goal, as Halle O’Neill scored to make the score 2-0.

Despite their slow start, the Terps didn’t give up. At the 25:12 point in the half, Lein Holsboer put the Terps on the board with her seventh goal of season to cut the deficit to one.

At the half, both teams had taken six shots, but the Terps managed to have a 5-3 advantage in shots on goal despite being a goal behind.

The second half started very back and forth, as both teams struggled to get good shots on goal. Neither team had a shot on goal for the first 25 minutes of the half.  

Maryland took a timeout at 56:07 to regroup to try to tie the score, and the decision by Maryland coach Missy Meharg paid off.

The Terps finally got a shot on goal at the 60:15 point in the half when Melissa Wilken scored her first goal of the season on a reverse chip. Her goal tied the score 2-2.

After 70 minutes of highly contested action, the game was tied and went to overtime, which consists of two 15 minute 7 on 7 halves.

Both teams traded shots early in the first overtime, but neither team could push the winning goal through in either overtime period. The game looked like it was going to a penalty shootout.

With just a second left in the final overtime, Michigan’s Emma Way pushed through the decisive goal off a loose ball in a scrum to give the Wolverines a 3-2 victory.

The loss drops the Terps to 6-5 on the season and 2-2 in conference play. The Wolverines improved to 8-2 on the season and 4-0 in conference play after handing the Terps their third loss in four games.

The Terps next take the field on Oct. 6 against Michigan State in East Lansing at 4 p.m.