Linnea Gonzales with the ball during the UMD vs. Saint Joseph's game Aug. 27. Photo courtesy of Maryland athletics.

Terps advance to Big Ten Semifinals with win against Spartans

The Maryland field hockey team advanced to the Big Ten Semifinals after shooting out of their recent offensive slump with a commanding 6-0 victory over Michigan State.

The Terrapins were  without sophomores Kyler Greenwalt and Sophie Giezeman, as both players will miss the remainder of the season. It was important for Maryland to get back on track with a victory against the Spartans before heading into the semifinal game.

“This was pure dominance of a game,” head coach Missy Meharg said. “Also really happy that ike Lorenz is back in the lineup. Couldn’t come at a better time of the year.”

The Terps began the game streaking offensively and controlling possession in the early stages of the first half. Just over three minutes into the first half, Linnea Gonzales continued her dominant senior season with her 14th goal on the year to jumpstart the Terps offense. The goal gave the senior the accolade of scoring 100 career points over her four years with the program.

The Terps extended their lead to two goals about 10 minutes later, as sophomore defender Bodil Keus scored her seventh goal with a penalty corner goal. Redshirt freshman Mayv Clune added the third goal of the game for Maryland 28 seconds after Keus’ goal to propel the Terps to a three goal lead.

Hannah Bond produced a scoring chance late in the second half, but video review confirmed it was not a goal. The score would have been Bond’s second goal of the season and first since she scored against UC Davis on Aug. 26. Maryland tallied a whopping 20 first half shots, forcing Michigan State goalkeeper Jade Arundell to make eight saves.

“I think we played as one,” Meharg said. “ Every layer was supporting each other from behind our counterdefense and counterattack.”

In the second half, Lizzy Dessoye scored her first goal of the season with a deflection goal to put the Terps up by four. The junior forward has seen her role grow more over the last couple games.

Later in the second half, Lorenz scored her 11th goal of the season. Lorenz was absent from the Maryland lineup in the the previous four games before getting on the scoresheet against the Spartans.

With 2:08 remaining in the game, freshman superstar Bibi Donraadt extended the lead to six goals for the last score of the game. Donraadt has been a force on the offensive side of the field for the Terps this season.

“Definitely very exciting to come back after the loss from last week,” Gonzales said. “I think we really connected well today, took our shots and finished.”

Maryland outscored Michigan State 11-1 in their two meetings this season as Maryland heads to 17-2 on the season. The Terps await the winner of Rutgers vs Ohio State to face in the semifinal matchup in Evanston, Illinois.