Early in the fourth quarter, Terps’ forward, Hope Rose, received the ball alone on the far side of the field and pushed toward the near the circle before finding midfielder Bibi Donraadt in front of the net.
Donraadt sent a rocket into the net for her 40th career goal, putting Maryland ahead 3-1.
The Terps’ defense did the rest, stopping multiple penalty corners, propelling No. 4 Maryland field hockey (3-0) to a crucial victory over No. 14 Boston College, 3-1. (1-2)
“It’s nice to win games, but the biggest message is the quality of [field] hockey,” head coach Missy Meharg said. “The sustained possession was very impressive. People had good shots and were able to get on the board against a pretty experienced goalie.”
The game started fast, with both teams driving the ball into the circle just seconds into the game.
Two minutes into the game, Terps’ forward Margot Lawn created a three-on-one opportunity. The Eagles’ defense appeared to poke the ball away initially, but Rose came flying in and launched a shot into the bottom left corner, giving Maryland a 1-0 lead.
A minute later, Boston College drove the ball downfield and won a penalty corner.
The Eagles did not waste the opportunity.
Eagles’ midfielder, Peyton Hale, sent a strike past Terps ‘goalie Christina Calandra, tying the game four minutes into the game.
Later in the first, Calandra made a kick save, keeping the game tied.
“I know there’s going to be goals against me, so that’s not shocking,” Calandra said. “It’s about how we bounce back from that and I think the team stayed present and we were able to work the ball around the midfield and get goals against them.”
The Eagles had multiple opportunities to tie the game at two but couldn’t find the back of the net.
The Eagles’ best opportunity came when a Maryland penalty corner deflected away, giving the Eagles a numbers advantage. Maryland defender Rayne Wright saved the Terps, clearing the ball away before the Eagles could notch a shot.
Early in the second quarter, midfielder/forward Leah Crouse passed the ball to Lawn, who was
along the baseline.
Lawn sent the ball back to Crouse, who snuck the ball into the bottom right corner for her first goal as a Terp, putting Maryland ahead, 2-1.
Maryland dominated the second quarter and the rest of the game, outshooting the Eagles 16-10 in the Terps’ most competitive contest yet.
Wright had a tremendous impact defensively, breaking up multiple Boston College scoring opportunities, and preserving the Terps’ lead.
Lawn garnered assists on both of Maryland’s first two goals and nearly had her third late in the third quarter.
Lawn intercepted a pass right outside the shooting circle and passed it to midfielder Sophie Klautz, who had a one-on-one opportunity, but Eagles’ goalie Carine Van Wiechen came out and blocked the shot.
The Terps found their insurance goals, courtesy of Rose and Donraadt with ten minutes to play.
The Terps close out the B1G/ACC Cup against No. 18 Duke on Sunday at 12 p.m.