By Brandon Schwartzberg
No. 8 Maryland field hockey (9-4, 1-3) will return to conference play as they prepare to take on No. 3 Rutgers (10-2, 3-1) on the road in Piscataway on Friday.
In their most recent battle at home against James Madison, the Terps absolutely dominated the Dukes in all aspects of the game, winning comfortably, 3-0.
Maryland took control of the game from the very beginning, starting out as the aggressor and continuing as the game moved along.
Maryland fired off nine shots in the first quarter, but none managed to find the back of the cage. The Terps’ first goal came shortly into the second quarter, when star freshman Hope Rose scored her seventh goal of the season following a slick assist from Margot Lawn.
James Madison found nothing on offense in the first half, as they only managed to fire off one shot, versus Maryland’s 12. Having said that, the Dukes only went into halftime down 1-0.
Just a few minutes into the third quarter Maryland added onto their lead following excellent transition offense from Emma DeBerdine and Taylor Mason.
DeBerdine drove past the Dukes’ defense on her own, getting by numerous James Madison defenders, breaking some ankles in the process. Eventually, DeBerdine found Taylor Mason close to the cage, and Mason fired a shot into the net, extending the Terps lead to 2-0.
Shortly after the Mason goal, Bibi Donraadt tacked on a goal off a penalty corner, putting the Terps up comfortably 3-0, to seemingly put the game out of reach for James Madison.
The band made its way to the Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex for the game against James Madison, and the team fed on the energy that the band provided.
“You just feel the energy and the spirit of the school, and with the band members I love the fact that they don’t know the game from inside the circle but it gave a nice flavor,” coach Missy Meharg said.
Maryland’s schedule has turned into games only occurring at the end of week, which is something that players appreciate.
“It definitely gives us more recovery time. We definitely make sure our bodies are there to be as ready for games as possible,” said Emma DeBerdine.
Rutgers comes into this game given a week of rest, as their previous matchup came last Friday against No. 5 Penn State.
The Scarlet Knights won a close battle against their conference foe 1-0, with the game being neck-and-neck the whole way.
The lone goal of the game came in the third quarter, when Rachel Houston fired in a goal just three minutes into the second half, giving the Scarlet Knights a 1-0 advantage.
Goalkeeper Gianna Glatz starred for the Scarlet Knights, as her eight saves helped keep Penn State off the board.
The win over Penn State was Rutgers’ eighth win over a ranked opponent this season, as only two of their wins have come against unranked teams.
Rutgers is very balanced on offense, as no player has scored more than four goals for the team, with four different Scarlet Knights tied for first on the team in goals. The leader in assists for Rutgers is senior midfielder Milena Redlingshoefer, as her eight assists are five more than any of her teammates.
In the all-time matchup against Rutgers, Maryland holds an unbelievable 34-3-1 advantage. The Terps last loss to Rutgers came all the way back in 1998, as they currently hold a 17 game win streak against the Scarlet Knights.
The game on Friday will start at 3 p.m. and will take place on the road in Piscataway.
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