No. 9 Maryland field hockey travels to DC to face local rival

Courtesy of Maryland Athletics

No. 9 Maryland Field Hockey (6-2, B1G 1-1) opened the weekend up at Indiana trouncing the Hoosiers 8-2 in the Hoosiers first game in their new stadium. The Terps scored five unanswered goals including four goals in a five minute span in the first quarter after Indiana took a 1-0 lead three minutes into the game. 

The scoring run was capped off by a Taylor Mason sweep shot while her back faced the Hoosiers goalie. 

“It wasn’t like [Indiana’s] goaltending was horrible, it was just a matter of great shot selection,” head coach Missy Meharg said. 

By the time the match ended, seven different Terps scored. Star freshman forward Hope Rose recorded two goals and one assist in her biggest game of the season to date. 

“I know for the second goal I had, Emma [DeBerdine] dribbled it down into a 2 v. 1 with the defenders, so it was just the goalie and just passing it around them worked,” Rose said. 

The Terps have now scored 14 goals over their last three matches while head coach Missy Meharg closes in on 600 career wins. 

The Terps hope to continue their momentum into their match against local rival American (5-2, Patriot 1-0) on Sunday in D.C. at 3 p.m. 

The Eagles are currently riding a four game winning streak highlighted by a 3-2 double overtime victory against then No. 21 UMass at the Terrapin Invitational two weeks ago. 

“We are taking this game with a tremendous amount of discipline, stability and low risk,” Meharg said. “Of course our attack and defensive penalty corner unit will contribute.” 

The American Eagles are led by midfielder Noor Coenen who leads the team with five goals and two assists and goalie Bryn Underwood who has started all seven games for the Eagles. 

The Terps 14 goals over their last three matches is especially impressive considering the Eagles have only scored 13 goals throughout the entire season so far. 

Sunday’s game can be streamed on ESPN+.