COLLEGE PARK, Md. – No. 1 UConn field hockey had its 42-game regular season winning streak snapped on Sunday, falling to No. 5 Maryland, 2-1. Senior Anna Middendorf scored the lone goal for the Huskies.
Despite several good opportunities to score an equalizer in the final minutes, the Huskies (16-1, 6-0 Big East) were unable to get one past Maryland goalkeeper Sarah Bates – who had six saves in the game.
Middendorf scored her ninth goal of the season off a penalty corner in the fifth minute, which gave the Huskies a 1-0 lead early. From that point on, UConn recorded 11 more shots, six of which were on goal, to no avail.
Junior Charlotte Veitner assisted on the goal, her 14th of the season, which makes her the UConn field hockey career leader in assists with 47. She passes Lizzy Peijs (2004-08) for the most all-time.
Sophomore Amanda Collins also had an assist on the play, her sixth consecutive game with at least one point. Veitner and Middendorf combined for nine shots, six on goal, but were turned away by the Maryland defense.
Following Middendorf’s early strike in the first half, the Terrapins tied the game in the 23rd minute on a penalty corner. Grace Balsdon scored her 12th of the season, giving Maryland some momentum.
In the 31st minute, Maryland scored again when Welma Luus tallied an unassisted goal to put the Huskies behind, 2-1. It was just the second time this season that the Huskies trailed at halftime (UMass on Sept. 9).
Each team earned one penalty corner in the second half, but both were unproductive. UConn held a 4-3 lead in penalty corners on Sunday.
Bates turned away two shots by the Huskies in the second half, while redshirt junior Nina Klein recorded a pair of saves to help keep UConn just one goal behind.
UConn pulled Klein from the cage for the final 2:08 of regulation to put an extra field player in the game. However, the Maryland defense held firm and denied the Huskies a game-tying score.
No. 1 UConn returns to action on Friday to host Quinnipiac at 4 p.m., the final home game of the regular season and the Big East finale for the Huskies. A win would mean UConn is the sole possessor of the Big East regular season title.
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