Photo2: Maryland freshman forward Emily McNesby (2) fights for the ball against Illinois forward Patricia George (11) in Maryland’s 0-1 defeat at home, Oct. 4. (Emily Morina/ The Left Bench)

Terps lose in Ann Arbor despite terrific performance from Egyed

A career-high 12 saves from Rachel Egyed not enough as Maryland dropped its final road match of the season, 2-1, in a chilly Ann Arbor.

The redshirt senior, who has been phenomenal for the Terrapins (4-9-5, 2-6-2), faced an onslaught from the Michigan Wolverines (8-8-1, 4-5-1) offense, which took 22 shots Thursday night, 14 of which were on goal.

The game is yet another frustrating one for Maryland, as they were able to score first but could not hold on to the lead. Alyssa Poarch, the team-leader in shot attempts, snapped an eight-game goal-less streak with a score in the 48th minute. The redshirt freshman was able to corral a bouncing ball in the box off of a corner, and poked one over the head of Hillary Beal to put the Terps up 1-0.

The momentum was short-lived though, as Maryland would then find themselves defending for the majority of the second half. Michigan attackers Sarah Stratigakis and Reilly Martin were relentless going forward with six and four shots each, respectively.

Stratigakis would eventually score the game-winner in the match, a shot from about eight yards out in the 67th minute. Egyed was able to get her hands on it as she dived to her left, but was unable to get down quick enough to stop the shot of the sophomore forward.

Maryland, who had just three shots on goal all game, will finish the 2018 campaign without a win in a true away game, a record of 0-5-3. The only win away from home for the Terps this season was a 2-1 neutral-site victory in Harrisonburg, Virginia against William & Mary.

The loss now officially eliminates Maryland from Big Ten tournament contention, as only the top eight teams in the conference qualify. Maryland sits in twelfth place with eight points in conference play.

Maryland will return home for their final match of the season, a Sunday afternoon match-up against Indiana (7-8-2, 3-7-0).