Bibi Donraadt’s late goal secures win for No. 12 Maryland field hockey in the regular season finale over No. 6 Rutgers

(Courtesy of Maryland Athletics)

With time winding down in a 1-1 game, midfielder Emma DeBerdine sent a pass to midfielder Kyler Greenwalt.

She fired a shot which caused Rutgers goalie Gianna Glatz to move out of the goal, kicking the ball and sending it into the air. Greenwalt slapped the ball down onto the field and forward Bibi Donraadt found the ball and sent it into the empty net for the game- winning finish.

“I thought it was a great team effort,” Donraadt said. “We were all just ready to rebound, ready to score and take this win in our last home game.”

No. 12 Maryland (8-6, 5-3 B1G) held on to win 2-1 sweeping the weekend series against No. 6 Rutgers (9-5, 5-3, B1G). 

“Not a better way to finish off the regular season with back-to-back wins at home against a top six team,” head coach Missy Meharg said. “I couldn’t be more proud of the women coming back.” 

The first three quarters were filled with back and forth play. However, the Terps took an early lead in the first quarter when forward/midfielder Anna Castaldo passed the ball to forward Mayv Clune. She sent the ball past Glatz for her first goal of the season, giving the Terps a 1-0 lead just seven minutes into the game. 

The Terps 1-0 would stand until 7:47 in the fourth quarter when Rutgers earned a penalty stroke that midfielder Milena Redlingshoefer buried tying the game up at one.

The Scarlet Knights continued to dial up the pressure earning three penalty corners in a span of two minutes but goalie Noelle Frost came up with two big saves and the other shot was blocked keeping the game tied at 1-1. 

Overall, Frost finished the match with six saves and the defensive unit also helped the Terps win the match. The Scarlet Knights out shot the Terps 12-7 and earned six penalty corners compared to the Terps two.

“I’m looking at our stats and I can’t applaud Noelle Frost enough,” Meharg said. 

The Terps missed an opportunity to extend their lead in the second quarter off a penalty stroke, but defender Riley Donnelly’s shot was saved by Glatz. This was Donnelly’s first miss on penalty strokes this season. She had previously converted on the Terps three other penalty strokes. 

Then the Terps regained momentum earning another penalty corner and keeping the ball on the Scarlet Knights side of the field to earn the game winner, despite Meharg’s hopes of playing an overtime game for the first time this season. 

This was the first season since 2014 that the Terps did not play an overtime game. 

However, the Scarlet Knights refused to give up and pulled Glatz from the game. Rutgers forward Bridy Molyneaux sent a shot towards the goal with 1:30 left in the game, but midfielder Belle Bressler was there and blocked the ball with her stick to earn a defensive save and preserve the Terps 2-1 lead. 

Midfielder Brooke DeBerdine was out again missing her third straight game. 

“Not having Brooke out on the field is a big loss,” Donraadt said. “She is such a great player, but she’s also making us better while she’s on the sidelines. She makes comments and gives great advice and that’s what a real captain does.” 

The Terps will begin their run in the Big Ten Tournament on Wednesday at 2:30 as the No. 4 seed and will play No. 5 seed Iowa in Iowa City. 

“The sky’s the limit and we are in a great position going into the tournament,” Meharg said.