In spite of the rain coming down hard all Friday night, No. 4 Maryland Field Hockey (13-5, B1G 4-4) took the lead and never looked back, earning their fourth straight win. The Terps supplanted the No. 24 Buckeyes (7-10, B1G 1-7), 6-0, in a tidy season finale.
The Terps had six different goal scorers and four of the team’s eight seniors had a chance to find the back of the net Senior night — a fitting sendoff for a prolific class of athletes.
“It is attributed to selfless play and team hockey,” head coach Missy Meharg said of the diverse scoresheet.
The Buckeyes held their own throughout most of the first quarter, allowing the first penalty corner in the final third of the period.
But the home side would quickly get the best of the visitors. The Terps earned two penalty corners in a row as the first quarter waned, and on the second corner, forward Hope Rose hit a beaming shot past the defense to jump to a 1-0 lead in the first frame.
The Buckeyes earned their first penalty corner of the game about two minutes later, but the shot sailed wide.
The Terps converted on another penalty corner early in the second quarter with senior defender Riley Donnelly sending a rocket to the back of the net to double the Terps lead.
Near the end of the half, Lawn sent a pass into the circle to senior forward Mayv Clune who tipped the ball in to score her first goal of the season.
With under two minutes left in the half, the Buckeyes took their first two shots of the game, but Terps goalie Noelle Frost made two kick saves back-to-back — typifying the nature of the defensive and offensive domination.
The rain didn’t impact the Terps, who ended with six goals, their second most on the season.
“I think the rain adds a bit of drama to the game,” Clune said. “I know it’s easier to start diving for balls and diving for goals.”
After Clune’s score, two more seniors, Kyler Greenwalt and Bibi Donraadt, found the back of the net.
With under six minutes left, the Buckeyes had a chance to end the Terps shutout bid when the ball passed Christina Calandra, but midfielder Emma DeBerdine was there to preserve the shutout.
DeBerdine came up behind Calandra and swept the ball away with her stick right before the ball crossed the goal line, completing the team’s sixth shutout on the season and their fourth straight victory.
The Terps will travel to Rutgers next week for the Big Ten Tournament.
“The Big Ten is such a strong conference and it’s going to be a really great tournament,” Donnelly said.