No. 7 Princeton field hockey takes the win against No. 3 Maryland in double OT

For the 5th time in the historical past of the two methods, No. 7 Princeton (4–3 general, 0–0 Ivy) took the No. 3 Maryland Terrapins (7–1, 1–0 Big Ten) to an intense additional time struggle. 

“It isn’t every day that you get to play at home against such a talented opponent,” sophomore midfielder Beth Yeager instructed The Daily Princetonian. (*7*) 

And simply as Yeager concept, the Tigers had been in a position to drag off a victory in the 2nd additional time, sending the Terrapins house with a loss, 4–3.

Coming off a tricky additional time loss to No. 1 Northwestern (8–0, 0–0 Big Ten) on Sunday, Princeton took the field with composure and self assurance. The Tigers were given off to a robust get started, placing force on the Terps and inflicting a couple of turnovers. Three mins into the sport, Maryland drew a nook shot and despatched in a robust shot, narrowly lacking the function, however the Tigers held secure. At one level, senior ahead Ali McCarthy was once fast to intercept a robust go from Maryland midfielders, riding the Tigers into the offensive zone.

It took each the Tigers and the Terps a couple of mins to settle into their rhythm, however every group was once fast to get better and confirmed robust communique. At the finish of the first length, each groups had been keeping robust on protection, leaving the ranking at 0–0. 

The power of junior goalie Robyn Thompson was once transparent. She made a couple of spectacular saves in the first part, with Maryland outshooting Princeton in the first length 5–1. By the finish of the part, then again, the Terps had spectacular offensive momentum and brought about a nook ensuing in the first function of the sport.

At the starting of the 2nd part, the Tigers had been made up our minds to use force on Maryland’s protection. Within the first 3 mins, senior defender Hannah Davey discovered the again of the web after a nook, night time the ranking at 1–1. But Maryland was once fast to combat again, and a function not up to two mins later gave them the 2–1 lead. 

Strong defensive force from senior defender Gabby Andretta made it tricky for the Terps to seek out a gap to increase their lead. With two mins left in the 3rd length, senior ahead Claire Donovan despatched a robust go into the crease, and McCarthy was once in a position to attach and force it previous the Maryland goalie, tying the sport 2–2 going into the ultimate quarter.

“Our team does a really good job of staying positive and lifting each other up,” McCarthy wrote to the ‘Prince.’ “Even though we were down a goal going into the second half, we were all positive and encouraging to one another.”

For the first short while of play in the fourth length, robust protection from made up our minds avid gamers supposed the Tigers and the Terps struggled to discover a step forward. Halfway via the body, then again, Maryland ahead Hope Rose was once in a position to ship the ball to the again of the web off of a nook. 

Tigers enthusiasts had been frightened as valuable seconds ticked away. However, Princeton didn’t let anything else cross and persevered to force up the field to the Terps’ function a couple of occasions. With simplest two mins left, junior ahead Grace Schulze drew a nook, giving the Tigers an opportunity to attain. With a go from senior ahead Sammy Popper, Yeager despatched a rocket prime into the web, forcing the sport into additional time tied at 3–3.

“The match was far from easy, but after halftime we really came together and picked each other up,” Yeager wrote. “We won because of the positive and determined attitude everyone had and because of the faith we have in each other.”

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The first length of additional time was once stuffed with exceptional saves and prime depth play from either side. Both groups persevered to force up the field. Despite their efforts, each groups discovered themselves at the finish of the ten mins with no function, sending the groups into their 2nd additional time length.

This one, then again, didn’t final lengthy. Within the first minute, Princeton drew a penalty nook. Yeager completed the sport with a robust rip from simply inside of the crease, making her the first participant this season with a couple of objectives in a sport. It was once a rewarding win for the Tigers, who’ve been preventing difficult combatants and going to additional time in many in their contemporary video games.

Sending the Terps house with their first defeat of the season is bound to boost the Tigers’ rating. Princeton now seems to be to the house Ivy League opener against Penn this Friday, Sept. 23 at Bedford Field.

“None of our games have been easy and not all have been successes, but we have improved in each of them. Penn is a great opponent and another great opportunity for us to play our game and compete against each other,” Yeager mentioned. 

Evelyn Walsh is a contributor to the Sports phase at the ‘Prince.’ She can also be reached at ew0974@princeton.edu or on Twitter or Instagram @evelynwalshh.

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