COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Facing the NCAA’s highest scoring offense and a team that has won two of the past three National Championships, the Miami University field hockey team fell to second-ranked Maryland, 6-0, on Sunday to conclude play at the Terp Invitational. The RedHawks fall to 3-4 on the season, while the Terrapins improve to 6-0.
Maryland averages 6.50 goals per game. Despite that, Miami held the Terrapins off the board for the first 12 minutes. Senior goalkeeper Sarah Mueller made a couple early saves before Maryland struck on a penalty corner in the 13th minute. The Terps kept the pressure up, but Mueller kept it a one-goal game with four more saves. Maryland was able to break the game open with three goals in a four minute span to take a 4-0 lead into halftime.
The RedHawks were able to generate some scoring chances throughout the second half. Junior back Ali Froede had back-to-back shot attempts in the 41st minute. Freshman forward Geagy Pritchard, senior back Sid Marcum and junior midfielder Valentina Neira were able to get good shots on net, but each was kicked away by the Maryland goalkeepers. The Terrapins put in goals in the 50th and 64th minutes to complete the scoring.
Froede and Neira tied for the team lead with two shots apiece. Mueller finished with 10 saves.
After playing its first seven games on the road with five of them coming against teams in the top 20, Miami has its home opener Wednesday against Ohio State. Game time is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., and it can be seen live on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.