By Brandon Schwartzberg
Sitting comfortably with a 2-0 lead, Maryland earned a late penalty corner. Bibi Donraadt found space and fired a shot that found the back of the cage to effectively wrap up another win for the Terps.
No. 8 Maryland Field Hockey took on James Madison in College Park Sunday afternoon. The Terps were the more aggressive team all throughout the game, and once they got out to a 1-0 lead early on in the second quarter, they never looked back, as they defeated the Dukes 3-0.
With the win, Maryland improved to 9-4, while James Madison dropped to 7-5.
Maryland came out as the aggressor early on, firing off two shots within the first five minutes of the game, but ultimately were unable to score on either. Their first shot from midfielder Kyler Greenwalt was saved by James Madison’s goalkeeper Florien Marcussen, and the second shot missed wide from Hope Rose.
Maryland’s aggression continued throughout the first quarter, as they put up nine shots in the quarter, but none of which managed to find the back of the cage. An excellent James Madison defensive effort, headlined by a handful of diving saves from Florien Marcussen, kept the Terps scoreless in the first quarter.
The Dukes didn’t get a single shot off in the first quarter, as the time of possession was strongly controlled by Maryland.
Maryland continued to attack in the second quarter, and with less than three minutes gone by in the quarter, the Terps finally got onto the scoreboard, on their tenth shot of the game. Head coach Missy Meharg knew the challenge her team faced facing Marcussen, and the importance of playing aggressive. “When you play James Madison, it is all about energy. You have got to be able to combat that energy. We knew their goalie was good. She was at Northwestern for four years prior and is at JMU now, so we weren’t surprised by those stats. Couldn’t be more proud of our team, getting on the board against a great team,” said Meharg.
Solid Maryland passing moved the ball up the field, where it found the stick of forward Margot Lawn. Moving past the cage, Lawn found freshman standout Hope Rose in front of the goal, and Rose took care of the rest. Rose fired it right into the back of the net for her seventh goal of the season, putting the Terps up 1-0.
James Madison’s first penalty corner didn’t come until two minutes left in the second quarter, as Maryland’s relentless defense continued.
The corner for the Dukes was taken in by midfielder Rachel Yeager, and was sent in and shot by midfielder Diede Remijnse. Remijnse’s shot was rifled in but blocked by the Terps defense, and James Madison was left off the board.
The corner for the Dukes was their only shot of the first half, as they got outshot 12-1 by the Terps. Despite this, James Madison only went into halftime down 1-0.
Just a few minutes into the third quarter, Maryland added on to their lead, as excellent transition offense from midfielder Emma DeBerdine led to a Taylor Mason goal for the Terps. In regards to the team’s offensive attack, DeBerdine went on to state “we did a really good job of attacking together, getting all our attackers and midfielders upfield together with a lot of speed.”
DeBerdine drove down the field on her own, getting by numerous James Madison defenders, as she found defender Taylor Mason, who fired in a shot into the back of the cage to extend the lead to 2-0.
Not long after the Taylor Mason goal, Donraadt tacked on the extra insurance and put Maryland comfortably ahead.
The fourth quarter was less action-packed as the first three, as neither team got onto the board in the quarter. Maryland played exceptionally well all throughout the game, with both their offense and defense clicking on all cylinders.
The Terps offense outshot James Madison 24-3, as Maryland controlled every aspect of the game en route to victory. Goalkeeper Noelle Frost knows how big of an impact great team defense has on her job. “I have a lot of confidence in my defense. I know if I ask them to do something, they’ll do it and I know they have great instincts so I’m really proud of them and I’m really happy that we’re stepping up as the season goes on,” Frost stated.
For Maryland, the win closed out a 2-0 week, and provided confidence for a team that dropped a pair of top ten matchups a week ago. With the offense in control and the defense complimenting it well, the Terps are trending in the right direction as they roll towards the end of the regular season.
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