No. 8 Maryland field hockey falls to fourth top ten conference opponent

Courtesy of Maryland Athletics

Early in the third quarter, Scarlet Knights forward Rachel Houston received the ball just in front of the net and Terps goalie Noelle Frost came out of the cage. Frost dove and deflected the ball away. Terps defender Rayne Wright cleared the ball out of harm’s way but after a video review, Rutgers was awarded a penalty stroke. 

“Personally, I didn’t think it hit my body,” Wright said. “I felt like it hit my stick and then went out… so just based on the look the refs saw it seemed kind of subjective.”

Rutgers midfielder Milena Redlingshoefer, the team’s now leading goal scorer took the penalty stroke and buried the shot past Frost to take a 1-0 lead. 

It was the first penalty stroke the Terps faced this season. 

Redlingshoefer’s goal, another addition to her game-winning score count, was all the Scarlet Knights needed as No. 3 Rutgers field hockey (11-2, B1G 4-1) shut out No. 8 Maryland field hockey (9-5, B1G 1-4) 1-0. 

“The outcome was obviously super disappointing,” head coach Missy Meharg said. “We need to capitalize on penalty corners.”

Rutgers goalie Gianna Glatz was stout, saving 12 of the Terps 15 shots. Glatz’s 12 saves tied her career high. 

Rutgers 1-0 shutout on Friday marked its first win against Maryland since 1998 and head coach Meredith Civico’s first win against her former coach. 

The first quarter featured a defensive battle between the two teams with Rutgers recording the only shot. 

The Terps had numerous scoring opportunities outshooting the Scarlet Knights 15-6, but could not find the back of the net. The Terps also dominated in penalty corners, earning six penalty corners to Rutgers zero. 

“We just had a very strong defensive presence and we were very prone to intercepting and that’s what our game plan was about,” midfielder Brooke DeBerdine said. 

The Terps dominated possession, but Glatz made save after save to record Rutgers’ third straight shutout against three Big Ten teams. 

Terps forward Hope Rose starred, leading the team with seven shots in today’s match with all of them on goal.  

The Terps earned a great opportunity in the middle of the second quarter, but neither Rose nor midfielder Bibi Donraadt were able to knock the ball in. 

The Terps earned their sixth and final penalty corner early in the fourth quarter. For the attempt, they tried passing the ball around the circle before taking the shot. However, midfielder Emma DeBerdine flicked the shot over the net. 

Meharg now has the opportunity to clinch her 600th career win at home against No. 17 Connecticut, their final non conference opponent of the season, at 2 p.m.