By Brandon Schwartzberg
Durham was rolling with goals early on Friday afternoon, as ninth-ranked Maryland field hockey and seventh-ranked Boston College put on a scoring clinic in a Top 10 battle as part of the B1G/ACC Cup.
However, while both teams put up a lot of offense in the first half, it was a defensive showdown in the second, as all the scoring came within the first two quarters.
In the end, it was Boston College that was able to come out on top in a 3-2 defeat of Maryland field hockey, dropping the Terps to 1-1 on the season.
Less than five minutes into the game, Boston College took an early 1-0 lead after a goal by Kendall Hanlon was whipped past Maryland’s keeper.
Maryland soon responded, tying it up 1-1 after defender Riley Donnelly connected on the Terps’ third corner try.
With just under three minutes left in the first quarter, Boston College got stopped on a corner goal by Maryland goalkeeper Noelle Frost. However, the officials took to it a replay challenge where Boston College was awarded with another corner. The Eagles’ Sarah Johnson took full advantage of that opportunity, as she shot the rebound back into the goal to give Boston College a 2-1 lead.
Not too long after the second quarter started, Maryland once again tied up the game at two a piece after some fantastic ball movement led to a goal from forward Margot Lawn.
In what felt like mere moments later, however, Boston College took the lead right back after midfielder Milagros Arteta’s third goal of the season managed to break the Maryland press.
The goal by Arteta was the last as of the first half, as it was followed by 9 minutes of scoreless action. This might’ve been exactly what the goalkeepers Frost and Joanna Kennedy needed as a confidence boost to enter halftime.
The third quarter was vastly different from the first half, as neither team was able to get onto the board in the period. Freshman forward Hope Rose started the quarter firing for the Terps, but neither shot made its way into the goal.
Rose’s first shot, within the first minute of the quarter, got blocked by the Eagles’ Kennedy. Her next shot attempt was also just off the mark, flinging past the goal just wide.
Maryland had their fifth corner penalty of the game at the 9:05 mark of the third quarter. The corner was inserted by forward Bibi Donraadt, who already was credited with an assist on an earlier corner, but Maryland was once again unable to cash in on the opportunity.
Boston College had multiple penalty corner opportunities in the third quarter, but was unable to connect on either. The first being at the 8:03 mark, Sarah Johnson inserted it in but the shot was blocked by the Terps defense. With just under 3 minutes to go in the third, Boston College gained the chance for another penalty corner, but was unable to convert as the shot missed wide.
Maryland started the fourth quarter firing, as in the first three minutes of the quarter the Terps fired off multiple errant shots. The Terps had another chance to score at the 11:25 mark, but a beautiful kick save by the Eagles’ Kennedy thwarted that opportunity.
The Eagles’ first corner penalty of the fourth quarter came with just under nine and a half minutes to go in the game, but Maryland was able to deflect it and Boston College was unable to tack on to their lead.
With 3:30 left in the game, Maryland pushed the ball, with momentum starting to go their way, but some excellent Boston College defense managed to take the ball back right for their offense.
And as time winded down, the Terps were unable to provide an equalizer to extend the game. After an Anna Castaldo shot was blocked by the Eagles with just seconds to go in the contest, it proved to be Maryland’s last offensive chance. And as time expired, the Terps walked off of the field having lost its first game of the season.
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