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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - No. 2 Maryland handed the Columbia field hockey team its first defeat of the season by a 9-2 count. The Lions (2-0) will wrap up the Terrapin Invitational tomorrow against No. 20 American at noon.
"Maryland is a fantastic team with speed and discipline," head coach Marybeth Freeman said. "When you have the opportunity to play a high-tempo game like today, it's positive to see when your players step up and adapt to change and adversity. Although we allowed some loose goals, we garnered corners and two solid goals. We accomplished many of our team objectives today. You have to have courage to compete and today we had that."
A pair of goals by Maxine Fluharty helped the Terps (5-0) take a 3-0 lead in the opening ten minutes and took a five-goal advantage into the half.
Trailing by nine late in the game, sophomore Leah Matthews broke up the shutout with her first goal of the season off a penalty corner pass by Zoe Blake in the 59th minute. Ten minutes later, sophomore Lindsey Walter recorded her first career score to cap the scoring.
Junior Lauren Skudalski took a team-high three shots and made a defensive save. Sophomore goalkeeper Kimberly Piannuci stopped 13 shots for the Lions, making her third consecutive start.
Maryland outshot Columbia, 24-10, but the Lions had nine penalty corners compared to five for the Terps.