By Michaela Johnson
The No. 2 Maryland Terrapins faced off against the No. 10 Northwestern University Wildcats in Big Ten Tournament championship game in Ann Arbor, Mich. on Sunday afternoon.
The Wildcats took a one-point lead with less than 11 minutes left in the first half after a chaotic scene in front of the goal following a Northwestern penalty corner.
Terps’ junior defender Sarah Sprink, however, answered with a goal of her own less than three minutes later. Sprink’s point, a direct shot to the left corner of the goal, came off joint assists from senior forward Katie Gerzabek and junior forward midfielder Alyssa Parker.
Though the game was tied at the half, Northwestern’s offense controlled the second period of play. Less than six minutes after halftime, the Wildcats pushed a direct shot past the Terps’ redshirt senior goalie, Brooke Cabrera, and into the left corner of the net.
Northwestern added an insurance goal with less than eight minutes remaining in the game to seal their 3-1 victory, earning their first Big Ten Tournament championship victory in the field hockey program’s history.
Maryland’s next game will likely be Saturday, Nov. 15, the first round of the NCAA Tournament.