Eagles Fall to Second-Ranked Maryland

Kate McBeath
Kate McBeath

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Despite a career-high 14 saves from junior goalkeeper Kate McBeath, the American University field hockey team was unable to get past second-ranked Maryland, falling 8-1 to the Terrapins on Wednesday evening.

With the loss, the Eagles dropped to 8-8 overall on the season, while the Terps, with their 10th-straight victory, improved to 15-2.

Maryland controlled the offense, outshooting AU 28-3 for the game, including a 21-1 edge in the first half alone. The Terrapins were also awarded a total of 12 penalty corners—10 in the first half—while the Eagles attempted just one penalty corner.

The Terrapins got out to a fast start, scoring two goals in the first 10 minutes before taking a 5-0 lead at the intermission. Maryland's advantage grew to 8-0 with under 20 minutes to play before the Eagles were awarded their first and only penalty corner. AU made the most of its scoring opportunity, as Carly Atchison and Natalie Konerth set up senior Grace Wilson for the goal.

AU finished with 15 total saves, including a defensive save from senior Rebecca Treharne, stopping 12 shots in the first half.

The Eagles close out their Patriot League slate this Saturday, Nov. 1, when they visit Holy Cross in an 11 a.m. contest.