No. 5 Maryland field hockey ready for quarterfinals bout with No. 10 Syracuse

Courtesy of Maryland Athletics

No. 5 Maryland will continue its run in the NCAA tournament at home with its first matchup against No. 10 Syracuse (14-5) since 2016.

The winner books a trip to the Final Four in Ann Arbor next weekend. 

The Terps earned their trip to the quarterfinals after beating No. 13 Virginia 2-1 with goals from forward Mayv Clune and midfielder Emma DeBerdine. 

The Orange delivered a massive upset earlier Friday afternoon when they trounced No. 4 Penn State 4-1. 

Syracuse is looking for its first Semifinals birth since 2015 when it won the National Championship. Maryland is looking to return to the Semifinals for the first time in three years. 

This match tomorrow will be the ninth time these programs have met. Maryland currently holds a 6-2 advantage all-time. The teams have played twice in the NCAA tournament (2001 and 2011), with Maryland coming out on top both times. Maryland made it to the National Championship game in 2001 and 2011, winning it all in 2011. 

“I anticipate a very tight game, a game that possibly could go to overtime and be very exciting,” head coach Missy Meharg said. 

Syracuse picked up big wins against then No. 12 UConn, No. 3 Boston College, and No. 5 North Carolina in the regular season.

Terps forward Margot Lawn played Syracuse recently when she played for Louisville during her freshman and sophomore seasons. 

“They are a really good and gritty team,” Lawn said. “I think that it’s going to be a really good matchup because they’re one of these teams that doesn’t give up.”

The Orange distribute the ball well, as six players have scored six or more goals. Defender Eefke Van Den Nieuwenhof leads the Orange with 10 goals and scored their last goal in their First round off a penalty corner. 

Both of the Orange’s goalies are freshmen but goalie Brooke Borzymowski has gotten the bulk of the playing time starting in 16 of the team’s matches. Borzymowski recorded 50 saves.  

In the Terps regional they had the largest attendance out of the four regionals with over 1,000 fans in attendance. 

“I think there’s going to be even more people here tomorrow,” midfielder Kyler Greenwalt said. “If we win we’re obviously going to the Final Four and the crowds are going to be just as big there. It just makes us feel so loved because the stands were filled.”

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