#17 Field Hockey Falls at #2 Maryland in NCAA First Round
Field Hockey Score: Maryland 2, UAlbany 1
Location: College Park, Md. – Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex
Records: UAlbany (16-5), Maryland (20-2)
Short Story: The No. 17 UAlbany field hockey team scored first but were unable to hold off No. 2 Maryland in a 2-1 heart-breaker in the NCAA First Round to close out the 2018 season.
Head Coach Phil Sykes:
"Fantastic effort today. We knew we were going against a really offensive team who is fast and skilled. We were in it until the end which is exactly what we wanted.We had some really good opportunities in the last minute but we weren't luck enough to finish them.
Goals: UAlbany- Viola Von Der Mühlen (1) | Maryland- Bodil Keus (1), Bibi Donraadt (1)
Assists: Maryland- Bibi Donraadt (1), Hannah Bond (1), Brooke Deberdine (1)
The Great Danes earned a 5-3 edge in penalty corners, but it was the Terrapins who held a 12-7 shot advantage.
Maryland now leads the all-time series 3-2.
In the last three meetings between the two teams each game has ended with a 2-1 score. The Great Danes have won two of those three match ups.
The No. 17 UAlbany field hockey team scored first but were unable to hold off No. 2 Maryland in a 2-1 heart-breaker in the NCAA First Round to close out the 2018 season.
This marked UAlbany’s sixth NCAA Tournament appearance and third in the last five years. The Great Danes earned an automatic bid to the tournament after capturing the 2018 America East Tournament Championship a week ago.
A pair of second-half goals in favor of Maryland proved to be the difference maker in a back-and-forth battle. It was just the second time all season UAlbany lost after leading at the half.
The Great Danes struck first when Viola Von der Mühlen put home a loose rebound for her first goal of the season. Frederike Helmke began the play with a shot from the top of the circle. The ball deflected off goalkeeper Sarah Holliday’s pads and towards the stick of Von der Mühlen who put it back for the 1-0 lead. UAlbany would hold the 1-0 lead heading into the break.
"This is exactly how our season has been all year, any body at any time can step up. We get a ton of production from all of our players and it makes us really hard to defend. Every game someone new is stepping up and it has been fun to watch and be apart of all year long."
Momentum began to swing in favor of the Terrapins in the second half. Bodil Keus knotted the score 1-1 in the 41st minute before Bibi Donraadt gave her squad the 2-1 edge just 91 second later.
The Terrapins were awarded a yellow card with 8:03 left in regulation, forcing them to play with a player down for five minutes. The Great Danes were able to draw a corner but could not capitalize on the player advantage.
UAlbany elected for a kicking back in the final 3:57 of action. The Great Danes forced a pair of penalty corners with time expiring as they looked to tally the equalizer and force overtime. Helmke and Cosima Rocktaeschel each fired off a shot, but neither ball could break through the wall of Maryland defenders.
Seniors Hemlke, Megan Ma and Rachel Billig end their collegiate careers with a 61-21 record, the second most wins in program history. The trio has been a part of three America East Regular Season titles, two league championships and has made two appearances in the NCAA Tournament.
Highlights | Field Hockey's season ends with a hard fought 2-1 loss at Maryland. The Great Danes took the early lead on a Viola Von der Mühlen goal. #AEFH #GoGreatDanes #GreatnessLivesHere #NCAADanes pic.twitter.com/PDkrw9jSKO— UAlbany Sports (@UAlbanySports) November 9, 2018