Early lead ends in victory for No. 3 Old Dominion against No. 1 Maryland
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – No. 3 Old Dominion scored two goals in the first half to propel it to a 2-1 win against No. 1 Maryland on Friday.
It was the third consecutive regular-season victory for ODU (2-1) against Maryland (2-1), the team ended the Terps’ 38-game home win streak last season. This season, the Lady Monarchs handed the Terps their first loss in a home opener in 17 years.
The Lady Monarchs scored early as they capitalized on the first penalty corner of the game in the fifth minute. Sarah Breen launched the ball into the back of the cage past Maryland goalkeeper Natalie Hunter, which is her second goal of the season. Sophomore Rosario Villagra launched it from the end line and sophomore Kelsey Smither positioned the ball for her third assist.
Kimberly Oakes scored what proved to be the game-winner on an assist from Kati Nearhouse to put ODU in front, 2-0.
Maryland was able to get on the board with just under 10 minutes to play as Katie Gerzabek scored her fourth goal of the season on a long backhand shot with an assist from Megan Frazer.
The Terps would eventually pull their goalie, in place of a defender and another body on the field. They pushed hard to try and find the equalizer with a flurry of penalty corners, including one as time expired in the second half which was blocked by the Old Dominion defense.
Freshman goalkeeper Friederike Jahns collected three saves while Hunter had five for the Terps. Maryland outshot ODU, 12-9, and had the advantage in penalty corner, 7-3.