Terps Win Big Ten Tournament With Record Performance from Luus

By Gill Vesely

The Maryland Terrapins field hockey team beat Michigan 5-1 Sunday to secure the Big Ten Tournament title. With four goals in the win, the Terps’ Welma Luus brought her scoring total in the tournament to seven, setting a new Big Ten record for total goals scored in the tournament.

Luus’ first goal came about two minutes into the game after she received a pass from Anna Dessoye, lured Michigan goalkeeper Chris Lueb out of the net, and fired a backhanded shot across the circle into the corner of the cage.

Maryland’s Floor Paanakker scored her second goal of the year and put the Terps on top 2-0 after working her way through traffic in the circle and scoring with about 18 minutes remaining in the half.

Luus cashed in again by knocking in the rebound of a Carrie Hanks corner shot attempt around the 7:30-mark. The Terps relished in Luus’ seemingly magic stick in the second half, too, when she scored directly off a Dessoye insert with about 15 minutes remaining in the game.

The Dessoye/Luus combo was not finished yet, though; with about 9:15 left, Dessoye found Luus on a breakaway for Luus’ fourth goal of the day and a 5-1 Terps lead. Players on the Maryland sideline acted out a bowing down motion following the play.

The only score from Michigan, a goal by Allie Sardo, would not be enough to top the Terps and Tournament MVP-winning Luus. Next up for the Terps is the NCAA Tournament, which starts Saturday, Nov. 14.