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Preview: No. 8 Maryland field hockey faces another tough test at home against No. 17 UConn

By Brandon Schwartzberg

No. 8 Maryland field hockey (9-5) returns home to take on No. 17 Connecticut (8-7) in College Park Sunday afternoon.

In their most recent battle, Maryland dropped a tough defeat to conference foe No. 3 Rutgers on the road Friday.

The first half was controlled by the defense, as neither team scored a goal until the third quarter. The Terps outshot the Scarlet Knights 6-1 in the first half, but excellent defense from Rutgers saved all six Maryland shots.

With the game going into halftime tied 0-0, each team looked to find some type of adjustment to gain an edge in the second half. Shortly into the third quarter, the Scarlet Knights did just that.

Rutgers was given a massive opportunity, as a video review awarded the Scarlet Knights with a penalty stroke. The stroke was taken by midfielder Milena Redlingshoefer, whose shot was fired directly into the back of the cage, putting Rutgers up 1-0, the lone goal of the game.

The Scarlet Knights’ defense, paired with the Terps inability to score given their chances, was the story of the game.

Maryland outshot Rutgers 15-6, and 6-0 in penalty corners. However, the Scarlet Knights goalkeeper Gianna Glatz played the game of her life, not allowing any shot past her, racking up 12 saves in the contest.

The loss against Rutgers proves that the Terps still must improve offensively as the season winds down and the Big Ten tournament nears.

For Maryland the loss was a brutal one, as instead of the Terps gaining a huge momentum boost with a win over a top three conference opponent, they suffered their fourth Big Ten loss of the year to drop to 1-4 in conference play.

Connecticut comes into this affair on a much higher note, winners of three straight, moving them over the .500 mark.

In their most recent outing against Villanova, the Huskies took an early lead and never looked back, winning comfortably, 6-2.

Connecticut scored three goals in the first half, each from different players, to take a 3-0 lead into halftime. The Huskies defense shut down Villanova’s offense in the first two quarters, as the Wildcats only managed to fire off one shot following two quarters of action.

Villanova took control of the third quarter, however, scoring two goals in the period to make the fourth quarter competitive. 

The Huskies put the game away in the final quarter, scoring three goals alone to put the game out of reach and win decisively 6-2.

Forward Sophia Ugo scored two goals for Connecticut, while four other Huskies added a goal for Connecticut, showcasing a true team offense against Villanova.

Ugo’s two goals added on to her now eight goals on the season, leading Connecticut in that category. The freshman from Argentina seems primed to lead the Huskies’ offense for the next few years.

Maryland and Connecticut have only met ten times in their history, with Maryland being on the right end of the score eight times. Their most recent matchup came just a few years ago in 2019, when Maryland secured a 2-0 win at home.
The game on Sunday will start at 2 p.m. and will take place at the Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex in College Park.

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