No. 6 Terps Field Hockey edges out No. 13 Princeton 2-1

By: Connor Bell

In their second game of their non-tournament schedule, the Terps beat the Princeton Tigers 2-1 in a well-fought game by both teams.

In a rather low-scoring affair between these two top-15 foes, both clubs managed to strike early in each respective half. Maryland jumped out to an early first half lead thanks to a goal by defender Grace Balsdon at the 3:50 mark.

This low scoring however was due to the strong Terps defense who kept the ball out of their zone frequently and kept Princeton scoreless the entire first half, eventually allowing only four shots on goal the entire 70 minutes. Sophomore goalkeeper Sarah Holliday also blocked three shots in the game to allow the Terps to hold out for the win.

Maryland’s offense on the other hand was as solid as ever as they fired off 14 shots against the Tigers, getting half of them on goal against Princeton goalie Grace Baylis. However, Princeton would not be denied and showed why they were ranked number 13 in the country as Cat Caro evened the game up at 1-1 with a goal a minute and thirty seconds into the second half. The game went back and forth in the second half with neither side giving one another room to break the tie. Then finally Balsdon struck again and connected on her second goal of the match at the 53rd minute mark to make it a 2-1 game.

The Terps eventually held on to this one-goal lead to seal their sixth victory of the season. They are now 6-2 overall with a perfect 2-0 in Big Ten play. The Terps second game of a three game road trip begins Friday at Iowa as they look to take an early lead of the Big Ten and notch their sixth straight win of the season.