Maryland Field Hockey against Duke (via Peyton Williams/Maryland Athletics)

Preview: Maryland field hockey looks to expand on strong start against UMass

By Brandon Schwartzberg

Maryland field hockey will look to build on a strong 4-0 win against Duke in the team’s next challenge – a battle with No. 21 UMass as part of the Terrapin Invitational.

The new NFHCA poll came out Tuesday, and Maryland moved up from No. 9 to No. 7 in the first updated poll since the preseason rankings. Their upcoming opponent, UMass, went from being unranked to getting into the Top 25. 

In their most recent matchup against then No. 12 Duke, the Terps absolutely dominated from start to finish. 

Maryland came out firing in the first quarter, scoring twice, both goals coming from Bibi Donraadt, and then picked up goals in both the second and third quarters to add on to their lead. 

Goalkeeper Noelle Frost along with the rest of the Maryland defenders did a phenomenal job at keeping Duke off the board and maintaining control throughout the whole game. 

When asked about the game, head coach Missy Meharg talked about how the dominance her team showed from the very beginning. 

“We were very dominant from start to finish. On Friday, we just started out a little slow. Today, we just really worked it. From the third quarter Friday, we just started off today as if it was an extension from Friday’s match. We had four very strong quarters. We played three different presses and were able to be dominant throughout the whole game,” Meharg said.

For the third time in her career, Senior forward Bibi Donraadt was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week. Donraadt, a 2020 Big Ten Second Team honoree, is off to a great start to this season, as she leads the Terps in both goals and assists, with three each, which puts her top ten in both categories among Big Ten players.

A transfer from Louisville, Junior forward Margot Lawn has been a resourceful player in regards to knowing the competition Maryland has faced thus far. 

“A lot of these girls haven’t seen these teams before and I’m able to help out and give insight because I’ve played all these teams before,” Lawn said. “A lot of us all grew up together, playing in USA Futures competitions and so it helps that a lot of girls are from all over the state.”

In the head-to-head history between Maryland and UMass the Terps are a perfect 7-0, with their last win coming in 2016.

Head coach of the Minutewomen Barb Weinberg is in her fourth year as the leader for UMass, after serving as an assistant coach for multiple schools including Maryland across an eight year period. This year, Weinberg has her team at a 4-0 start for the first time during her tenure.

Midfielder Georgie McTear, a graduate student, is one of the leaders for the Minutewomen, both on and off the field. McTear is tied for the team lead in goals and is the overwhelming team leader in shots on the team. In the Atlantic 10 conference, McTear is top ten in shots, shots on goals, and goals, proving to be a real wrecking force in the conference.

The game on Friday will start at 4 p.m. and will take place at the Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex in College Park, MD.