COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Senior Becky Kaplan and junior Hayley Brock each scored in the final five minutes of the game to propel fourth-seeded Maryland to a 2-0 victory against Stony Brook in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday night at Ludwig Field.
The win gives the Terps a 14-6-2 record on the season, while the Seawolves, who were making their first-ever appearance in the NCAA tournament, finish their season with a 12-7-3 mark.
Despite dominating the run of play throughout the match, Maryland was tied at zero with Stony Brook until the 85th minute. That’s when Kaplan picked the ball clean from a Stony Brook defender and drove toward the box. She laced a shot into the lower left corner from 22 yards out to give the Terps a 1-0 lead.
Senior Danielle Hubka got the ball to Kaplan, who played a centering pass just outside the six-yard box, where Brock finished the play into the right side of the Seawolves’ net to make it a 2-0 game in the 88th minute.
Maryland finished with 25 total shots and 11 shots on goal. Stony Brook stayed in the game largely on the play of keeper Ashley Castanio, who finished with nine saves and was solid all night on crosses and set-pieces played into the box.
In the 67th minute, freshman Ashley Spivey had a clear look from 28 yards out, but Castanio tipped it over the crossbar at the last second.
Spivey was stopped again by Castanio in the 80th minute on another hard shot, this one coming from just 16 yards out.
That save led to Stony Brook’s quality opportunity as Tessa Deveraux got an open look at the Terrapin goal from just inside the 18, but her effort went wide left of the post in the 81st minute.
Redshirt freshman keeper Rachelle Beanlands needed to make just one save to pick up her fourth clean sheet of the season.
Maryland advances to the second round where it will play Denver, which advanced with a 3-1 home win against Colorado College on Saturday. The Terps and the Pioneers will play on Friday, Nov. 16 at Stanford’s Cagan Stadium.
No. 1 seed Stanford, which advanced with a 3-0 win against Idaho State, will play Santa Clara in the other half of Maryland’s side of the bracket. The Broncos earned their match with the Cardinal with a 2-1 win against Long Beach State.