No. 12 Wake Forest's Season Ends with 2-0 Loss to No. 9 Maryland
Nov. 11, 2017

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By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeHockey)

DURHAM, N.C. - The No. 12 Wake Forest field hockey team fell, 2-0, to No. 9 Maryland in the NCAA Tournament First Round on Saturday afternoon in Durham.

The Terrapins (14-6) threatened early before jumping out to a lead in the 22nd minute. In the second half, Maryland continued its stifling defense, holding the Demon Deacons (12-8) off the scoreboard and extending the lead to 2-0 with a 55th minute goal.

Wake Forest tied its season-low with three shot attempts and was held without a penalty corner for the second time all season. Jule Grashoff, Nicola Pluta and Rachel Hirsch each recorded one shot attempt for the Deacs.

Maryland controlled possession throughout most of the first half, holding a 9-2 shot advantage and a 3-0 edge in corners. After Wake Forest successfully defended Maryland's third corner of the half, the Terrapins created a turnover and Linnea Gonzales finished over the top of Demon Deacon goalkeeper Isla Bint. Wake Forest created a chance late in the first half when Jule Grashoff's shot was saved and deflected to Rachel Hirsch, who hit the post on the team's best look of the half.

In the second half, Maryland continued to play tough defense, holding the Deacs to just one shot in the final 35 minutes. The Terrapins extended their lead to 2-0 when Madison Maguire found the back of the net off a baseline cross from Sabrina Rhodes. Although the Demon Deacons pulled their goalkeeper with 3:30 remaining, they were unable to find the back of the net.

Bint played a strong game in goal for Wake Forest, coming up with six saves. 

Wake Forest concludes the 2017 season with 12 wins, one more than last season's total.



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