Field Hockey Downed by No. 17 Maryland
The Terrapins defeated the Spartans, 4-1, in Big Ten play Friday.
The Michigan State field hockey team fell to No. 17-ranked Maryland in a Big Ten match Friday afternoon, 4-1, at Ralph Young Field in East Lansing.
With the loss, the Spartans fall to 6-7 (1-3 Big Ten), while the Terrapins improve to 7-5 (3-2 Big Ten).
Maryland heavily controlled the pace of the game in the first half, showcasing a high-powered offensive attack while outshooting MSU 13-2.
The Spartans started the second half with a more high energy attack, taking control of the shots at 11-8, but the deficit by Maryland was too large to overcome.
Maryland won the penalty corner battle, 4-3, as well as the shot total, 21-13.
Senior forward Sophie Macadré collected the lone goal for the Green and White, scoring in the 46th minute of play.
How it Happened:
The first goal for Maryland came just six minutes into the game, when Maryland took advantage of a defensive mishandle from MSU.
The Terps collected their second goal of the afternoon in the 25th minute, taking a 2-0 advantage into the break.
The Spartans began to take control of the game in the final few minutes of the first half, keeping the ball in Terp territory.
Maryland started the second half putting MSU back on the defensive, scoring its third goal of the day at 36:52, before the Spartans picked up the pace.
MSU registered its lone goal in the 46th minute from Macadré. The New Zealand native was assisted on the goal by redshirt senior midfielder Lauren Bonness. Bonness chipped the ball perfectly in front of the net, allowing Macadré to fire it in.
The Terrapins scored one final goal to seal the victory.
Macadré tallied her sixth goal of the season, putting her in contention for team goal leader alongside redshirt senior midfielder Kendal Anderson.
Bonness earned her second assist for the year.
Fletcher tallied six saves on 13 shots in 35 minutes.
Miller recorded three saves on eight shots in 35 minutes.
"Today we came out very flat which was disappointing," said head coach Helen Knull. "We picked it up towards the end of the second half, but it was too little too late. We need to come out and perform better from the first whistle until the last."
The Green and While travels to in-state foe Central Michigan Tuesday for its final non-conference match of the season. That match is slated to begin at 4 p.m. in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.