Maryland field hockey celebrates its 1-0 win (via Zach Bland/Maryland Athletics)

Preview: Following Penn State loss, Maryland field hockey looks to rebound against Princeton

By Brandon Schwartzberg

No. 7 Maryland field hockey will look to get back in the win column as they take on No. 18 Princeton (2-3) at home on Tuesday.

In the Terps’ previous matchup against No. 8 Penn State, their first conference game of the season, the Terps lost a closely fought battle in overtime to the Nittany Lions.

The Terps started out the game with a beautiful penalty corner goal, which head coach Missy Meharg has stated numerous times about the importance of penalty corners and the emphasis on them in practices, as they had been struggling with them in their previous games. 

Penn State responded shortly after with a goal of their own, snapping Maryland’s 14-straight quarter shutout streak. The Nittany Lions broke the 1-1 tie just before halftime, and Maryland managed to tie the game less than a minute into the fourth quarter after a deflection goal from midfielder Nathalie Fietcher. 

Penn State managed to get the game winner in overtime after a rocket shot from midfielder Sophia Gladieux was sent into the bottom right corner of the cage for the victory, and the Nittany Lions players stormed onto the field to celebrate the win.

No matter how her team plays, head coach Missy Meharg and her staff relay the same message every game to her team. 

“The messaging to the team is always ‘stay present, follow the game plan, and keep working hard.’ We had bits of poor receiving, or receiving that the ball bobbled in the air, and we’re at our best when we play with the ball on the carpet,” Meharg said. 

Midfielder Julianna Tornetta is a graduate student for the Terps, after previously playing for Princeton. “I definitely have a little emotional connection to the team, and seeing the girls again is gonna be great, but this is my team now, and I’m more than happy and excited to get the win with them,” said Tornetta on the upcoming game against her former university.

The Tigers come into the game winners of two straight after an 0-3 start, and in their latest game they had a dominant win over Boston University. Within the first four minutes of the game, Princeton scored four goals, and they were able to cruise to victory the rest of the way, adding on three more goals, to win 7-0. 

Freshman midfielder Beth Yeager earned her first career hat trick in the game, helping lead the Tigers to victory. The seven goals put up on the board by Princeton represent the most scored in a contest since 2019, when they defeated Columbia 8-1.

Yeager is the young star of the Tigers, as she leads the IVY League in both total goals and goals per game, as she has six on the year in only five games.

The matchup against Maryland will be the Tigers’ fifth ranked opponent in only six games, and they have gone 1-3 against those teams in their previous four matchups thus far this season. In the only ranked road matchup, the Tigers defeated No. 17 Delaware 3-2 for their first win of the season. The Tigers look to continue the road success as they travel to College Park.

In the two teams’ matchup history, Maryland has dominated Princeton. The Terps lead the all-time series 21-4, winning each of the last three matchups, all of which went into overtime.

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

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