Riley Donnelly has transitioned well to the college game with help from her teammates.

Maryland opens conference play victorious against Michign State

The Maryland field hockey team extended its winning streak to eight games, defeating the Michigan State Spartans 5-1 Saturday afternoon.

The Terps came into the matchup with several marquee wins to their resume against Duke, Boston College and Delaware, all of which came at home in College Park. Maryland now had to show they could win on the road while playing in East Lansing, MI.  

The Terps made the message clear as their offense produced five goals in what was a lopsided win. Maryland has now scored at least three goals in every game this season.

With Nike Lorenz back in the lineup, Maryland was back at full strength. The scoring outburst began just over 19 minutes in as defender Sophie Giezeman scored her first goal of the season, giving the Terps an early 1-0 lead.  

Exactly one minute later, captain Linnea Gonzales added on another goal off a penalty corner, giving the Terps the early momentum. In the 30th minute, Mayv Clune scored her first goal of her career to extend the lead to three. Clune was granted redshirt status after a PCL injury held her out all last season.

Michigan State added its only goal of the day just before the first half ended when Makenzie Brown scored her first goal of the season off a penalty corner. Terps goalie Sarah Holliday made three saves in the game.

Nike Lorenz made her presence felt early in the second half as the junior defender scored her seventh goal of the season after weaving through the defense following a penalty corner. When Lorenz has been in the lineup, Maryland has tons of goalscorers just waiting to be added on the score sheet.

Linnea Gonzales scored her second goal of the game with about 20 minutes left in the game. Gonzales has had an extremely productive beginning to her senior season, scoring eight goals in the team’s first eight games. Gonzales has also adapted into more of a leadership role in her final year with Maryland.

The Terps will have an important game upcoming on Monday when they travel to play No. 5 Princeton. Maryland will have a chance to extend its impressive winning streak and add another strong win to their resume.