No. 8 Terps chokes and upsets No. 2 Michigan, 2-1
ANN ARBOR, MI – Stifling defense and strong goalkeeper from Noelle Frost led No.8 Maryland (12-5, 3-4 B1G) ahead of No.2 Michigan, 2-1, Sunday afternoon in Ann Arbor.
Although outshot 4-1 in the first quarter, Maryland had their lone shot count as Hope Rose deflected in a shot from Taylor mason from the far post in the 11th minute for a quick 1-0 lead.
Michigan (13-2, 5-2) would equalize in the 38th minute, with a goal from Sofia Southam, who leads the Big Ten in scorers.
Top scorer of the Terps Bibi Donraadt responded when she gave the Terps head again just over five minutes later. Graduate student Julianna Tornetta sent the ball into the circle on the right side and Donraadt put his stick over it to finish it off.
The fourth quarter was a tense affair as Maryland didn’t rely solely on defense to close the game. The offensive continued to advance, seeking to add another, but was unable to extend the advance. The Terps defense remained stellar in the final frame with Rayne wright, Riley donnelly, Maura Verleg and Frost not allowing the Wolverines to tie the game.
“I am so proud of our defense and Noelle Frost and the young back fielder and the way we play such a tough and tough defense. You know, defense wins championships. This Michigan team is a championship level team. It’s really good for us to look on the stats sheet and not have penalty corners and come out on top. Excellent selection of shots, excellent finish. I couldn’t be more proud of our team. I can’t wait to continue the last Big Ten hockey weekend. “
- Maryland won their third straight game on Sunday. The Terps have won five of their last six games.
- It was Maryland’s sixth victory against a ranked team and the first against a top-five team this season.
- Maryland handed Michigan their second loss of the season and their first at home.
- The Terps are now 20-5 against the all-time Wolverines.
Frost on fire
- Goalkeeper Noelle Frost kept his team in the game, making six key saves throughout the game.
- The six saves are tied, the second most save for Frost this season, just behind the season opener against St Joseph’s where she made nine.
- Several of those saves came from Michigan’s 8-0 advantage in the penalty corners.
- Donraadt goal served as the match winner and adds to his team lead in goals with ninth this year.
- Mason now has five points in the last three games, with one goal and three assists.
Women of iron
- Brooke DeBerdine, Donnelly, Verleg, and Wright all played the entire game for the Terps.
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