The Maryland Terrapins field hockey team was unable to outlast their opponents in this weekend’s Big 10-ACC Cup, losing 2-0 and 2-1 to No. 2 Duke and No. 12 Boston College, respectively.
After a late-game comeback in their season opener against St. Joseph’s the previous weekend, the Terps were slow out of the gate against Duke on Friday.
“We opened up a little bit slow and [Duke] took advantage of that,” head coach Missy Meharg said after the Terps’ loss. “If we’d had an opportunity to play our second half in the first half I think we’d see a different outcome.”
The Blue Devils took the lead early in the match with a rebound goal from forward Ashley Kristen less than five minutes into the game. Just 12 minutes later, the Blue Devils added to their lead when forward Ashley Gill scored off a penalty corner.
Maryland’s defense held Duke to two goals on 20 shots for the remainder of the game, with junior goalkeeper Sarah Holliday recording a career high 13 saves.
“She’s been playing well in practices,” said Meharg of Holliday. “Her mentality is good, she’s been even-keel, and I’m not surprised by that outcome.”
Three Terps combined offensively for five shots, three of which came from sophomore midfielder Madison Maguire, the other two from juniors Linnea Gonzales and Julie Duncan.
Going into Sunday’s match against Boston College, Maryland looked to take more shots, which is exactly what they did.
The Eagles started off the scoring with a goal from freshman midfielder Caroline McGovern coming just over eight minutes into the match. The Terps held them to a 1-0 lead until eight minutes into the second half, when the Eagles’ freshman Fusine Govaert found the back of the net.
The Terps responded to the Eagles’ second goal with more aggression, a goal from sophomore defender Bodil Keus coming a little less than halfway into the half. This was Keus’ second goal of the year. Maryland outshot Boston College 11-3 in the second half and 13-9 overall, but was unable to even the score.
“I’m really confident in a lot of the lessons that we learned over the weekend,” Meharg said after Sunday’s match.
“I think the second halves of both games [this weekend] were actually really good,” sophomore forward Lein Holsboer said. “Very intense field hockey, we came really to play and definitely growing as a team.”
The Terps head back to College Park to take on the Towson Tigers (0-4) and kick off the Terrapin Invitational on Friday, September 8.