Courtesy of Maryland Athletics.

No. 4 Maryland defeats No. 13 Boston College to start Big Ten/ACC Cup

On a misty and murky night at the Maryland field hockey and lacrosse complex, the No. 4 ranked Maryland Terrapins field hockey team defeated visiting No. 13 Boston College by a score of 3-2.

Junior midfielder Madison Maguire was the hero for the Terps, as the forward scored two goals including the game-winner with two minutes left. Maguire now has five points on the season and is beginning to be a key playmaker for Maryland.  

“We had a back-and-forth kind of game,” Maguire said. “Getting that last goal in felt awesome. After they scored I think we realized we are not playing some teams that are out in the West we are playing a top-15 team and we need to pick it up.”

Maryland began the game turning the ball over and struggling to gain possession in the early stages of the first half. The early turnovers eventually led to the first goal of the game as Boston College’s Brooke Matherson scored her first goal of the season giving the Eagles the early lead.

“We played some very choppy hockey in the first half,” Meharg said. Just being at home in our first game, having a lot of depth but a lot of young players, I think it took us some time to settle in.”

After the first goal of the game, the Terps regathered their composure and began to apply pressure on the Boston College defense. In the 18th minute, Maguire stickhandled her way through a couple defenders, scoring her first goal of the season and knotting the score up at one.

Junior goalkeeper Noelle Frost made a huge save just two minutes after the goal by Maguire. The save kept the score tied at one, giving Frost some confidence for the remainder for the game.

The intensity from both teams spilled over into the second half as rain poured down on the players. Maryland was finally able to take the lead with 12:36 left in the game as senior forward Sabrina Rhodes scored to put the Terps back in front.

Boston College came right back just two minutes later, however, after a penalty corner goal by Frederique Haverhals. Maryland produced several scoring chances after the goal, but the game ultimately came down to the goal by Maguire.

The Terps now turn their attention to No. 3 Duke on Sunday afternoon, a game that will be a possible playoff matchup at the end of the season. Missy Meharg and the Terps will look to increase their winning streak to five games and continue their hot start to the season.