Maryland got a taste of revenge Sunday afternoon.
The Terrapins defeated the Connecticut Huskies by a score of 4-2 in a rematch of last season’s national title game. The Terps continue their dominant streak with their undefeated streak now at 12 games.
Coming into the Sunday afternoon contests, the Terps had defeated seven other ranked teams in the country before facing the No. 2 Huskies. The No. 3 Terps, however, had this game specifically circled on their calendars as the most meaningful throughout the season.
The rematch began in shocking fashion as the Terps took control of almost the entirety of the first half. Sophomore defender Bodil Keus scored off a penalty corner for her fifth goal of the season to give Maryland an early lead just over four minutes into the matchup.
Keus continued to insert her imprint on the game, scoring another goal just 10 minutes later, again off a penalty corner. The Terps have had much of their success off penalty corners with multiple weapons in Linnea Gonzales, Keus and junior Nike Lorenz. Keus’ sixth goal of the season forced the Huskies to regroup.
Maryland continued to apply pressure to the back-end of the Huskies as freshman Bibi Donraadt tipped in a penalty corner shot and scored her ninth goal of the year. Donraadt has scored several goals around the net this season off deflections.
Maryland went into halftime with a commanding three-goal lead and just 35 minutes away from progressing to a 12-0 record. As the second half began, Maryland continued off their early momentum as Nike Lorenz struck a hard shot past Huskies’ goalkeeper Cheyenne Sprecher.
The Terps, now leading by four goals, took their foot off the accelerator and began focusing on their defense the rest of the game. Sarah Holliday made two saves on the day for the Terrapins, but she was unable to get the shutout.
With just under 14 minutes left in regulation, Cecile Pieper scored her 13th goal of the season for the Huskies to bring the Maryland lead back down to three. Over five minutes later, Pieper scored off a Connecticut penalty corner, adding another goal to her impressive season.
Maryland would hang on for the final 10 minutes and hold off the No. 2-ranked team in the country. Maryland is expected to move up to the No. 2 spot in the rankings, right on the heels of the current No. 1 North Carolina.
Maryland will head back over to Big Ten conference play as they welcome the visiting Rutgers Scarlet Knights into College Park, Maryland for the team’s 13th win of the season.