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No. 4 Maryland field hockey closes out regular season strong, trounces Ohio State, 6-0

By Brandon Schwartzberg

Sitting comfortably with a 3-0 lead, Maryland field hockey earned a penalty corner. Following a blocked Hope Rose shot off the corner, the rebound found its way to Anna Castaldo. 

Castaldo rifled in a shot which went through the legs of the Ohio State goalkeeper directly into the cage to effectively wrap up the win for the Terps.

No. 4 Maryland field hockey dominated No. 24 Ohio State at home in the regular season finale on senior night. The Terps took an early 1-0 lead and never looked back en route to a comfortable 6-0 win with the Big Ten tournament on the horizon.

With the win, Maryland finished the season 13-5, and 4-4 in conference play. With the loss, Ohio State finished the season 7-10, with only one conference win in eight matchups.

The rain was coming down hard Friday night, resulting in sloppy play from both teams early on. Both teams struggled to get acclimated to the weather, that was until forward Hope Rose scored a goal for the Terps to put them up 1-0 with just over four minutes remaining in the first.

The penalty corner for Maryland was sent in directly to Hope Rose, who fired in a rifle of a shot, deflecting off the stick of an Ohio State defender into the back of the cage for her eighth goal of the season.

Maryland played excellent defense in the first quarter, not allowing the Buckeyes to fire off a single shot. The Terps looked to continue their constant defensive pressure as the game played out.

Shortly into the second quarter Maryland was awarded their fourth penalty corner, and defender Riley Donnelly took advantage of the opportunity.

Midfielder Emma DeBerdine sent the ball in, and Donnelly fired in a rocket of a shot that flew just past the diving attempt from the Buckeyes’ goalkeeper Aaliyah Hernandez to extend the Terps lead to 2-0.

Senior Riley Donnelly scored her fourth goal of the season, this possibly being the most memorable with it coming on senior night. The Donnelly goal put the Buckeyes in a big first half deficit, needing changes from both their offense and defense in order to not let this game get out of hand fast.

Maryland wasn’t satisfied with their 2-0 lead, as they tacked on another goal only a few minutes later.

Senior forward Mayv Clune could not have picked a better time for her first goal of the season, as Clune became the second Terps senior to score a goal on senior night.

Mayv Clune scored for Maryland off a deflection from way outside the circle, as forward Margot Lawn found Clune right in front of the goal. 

Maryland went into halftime up 3-0 as the Terps controlled every aspect of the game. The Terps defense didn’t allow the Buckeyes to find any sort of rhythm on offense, while the Terps offense managed to do whatever they wanted on the offensive side of the ball.

The third quarter started out slow on offense for both squads, that was until Maryland scored their fourth goal of the game with just over six minutes left in the third quarter.

The Terps’ first penalty corner of the third quarter was a success, as midfielder Anna Castaldo scored her third goal of the season. Hope Rose fired the initial shot off the corner, but Buckeyes’ goalkeeper Abby Danson dove and deflected the Rose rifle. The rebound made its way to Castaldo, whose shot found the back of the cage to extend the Terps lead to 4-0.

Maryland wasn’t done with their scoring output in the third quarter, as they added another goal, this one coming from senior midfielder Kyler Greenwalt to make it a 5-0 ballgame.

Kyler Greenwalt scored off a penalty corner for the Terps, their ninth corner of the gamer, becoming the third senior to score on senior night. 

At the end of three quarters of action, Maryland played simply on another level than the Buckeyes, doing whatever they wanted on both sides of the ball. The Terps entered the fourth quarter up 5-0, playing outstanding in the regular season finale.

For those who thought that Maryland was going to play conservative in the final quarter of the game, you were wrong. The Terps scored another goal, this one from senior midfielder Bibi Donraadt, expanding the lead to 6-0.

Off a penalty corner, the ball found its way to Donraadt, who flicked the ball just enough to get by diving attempts from the Buckeyes defense into the back of the cage. 

Four different seniors notched a goal on senior night, and six different players overall, as the Terps offense played incredible to close out the regular season.

The Terps played exceptionally well on the defensive side of the ball as well, as the Terps didn’t allow a single Ohio State goal.

Maryland will enter the Big Ten tournament with a ton of confidence, as they won their final four outings to close the regular season.

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