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No. 1 Maryland faces Stony Brook with Final Four trip in mind

The No. 1 Maryland Terrapins (20-0) look to advance to the NCAA Final Four for the ninth time in a row as they take on Stony Brook (20-1) on Saturday at noon.

The Terps are coming off of a dominant performance against High Point last Sunday, winning 21-6 in a game in which the running clock began in the first half and all of the starters were taken out in the second half.

Kacie Longo, who came off of the bench, was able to score a career-high four goals.

Maryland’s defense looked sharp against the Panthers, a recent trend for the unit. The Terps are now coming off of two straight strong defensive performances after surrendering a season-high 16 goals to Johns Hopkins in the game prior.

The Terps’ defense, along with goalie Megan Taylor, will have to remain sharp as they take on a Stony Brook team that ranks third in the nation scoring 16.3 goals per game. It also boasts the nation’s point leader, Kylie Ohlmiller, who has totalled 157 points.

Nadine Hadnagy, who is one of the five remaining finalists for the Tewaaraton award, has been faced with the task of locking down the opposing team’s scorer throughout the season and she has been exceptional, barely giving opposing players any room to work.

Last time out, Hadnagy locked down High Point leading scorer Samantha Brown, holding her goalless with only one assist.

“Nadine is an outstanding one-on-one defender,” head coach Cathy Reese said after Maryland’s win over High Point on Sunday. “Simply put, she’s awesome.”

Hadnagy will presumably be put to the task again on Saturday against Ohlmiller.

Stony Brook is coming in red hot to this game with a 15-game win streak, with its only loss of the season coming against then-No. 3 Florida.

The Seawolves have not seen as good of a team as Maryland since that game against the Gators, in which they gave up 22 goals. Florida ranks as the second best offense behind Maryland, so the Terps offense could have a strong performance on Saturday afternoon.

The game will be streamed on Big Ten Network Plus.