The Terrapins hosted a two-game homestand last weekend with some stiff competition against Rider and Delaware.Entering the weekend at 2-3, Maryland faced its best opponent of the year thus far on Friday night at Fort Dupont Ice Arena – the Rider Broncs entered the matchup with a spotless 10-0 record.Maryland trailed most of the game, but made it interesting. Even though the score remained close, Rider took control and won 6-2.
Patryk Bieganowski scored his first collegiate goal and Tucker Healy also lit the lamp to continue his hot streak.
Even though the team battled, there was a sense of frustration throughout the night. After collapsing a little bit, Head Coach Joe Carter called a timeout. The team came out firing after that and then collapsed again.
“We didn’t do a good job of capitalizing on our momentum,” Captain Liam Eden said when assessing what went wrong. “We need to hold each other accountable, pick each other up a little more.”
Rolling into Saturday, the team looked for a fresh start with Coach Carter shuffling up the lines. He noted that there was a lack of preparation against Rider and wanted more mental focus.
After falling behind to an early 3-0 deficit, the Terps fired two back and went to the locker room only down one. They gave up another in the second period and got one back, making it 4-3 Delaware.
A third period meltdown allowed for the Blue Hens to tally nine goals in those 20 minutes, running away with the game by a final score of 13-5.
Despite the most frustrating period of the season, the Terrapins need to keep spirits up. They will compete in the ACC Showcase November 12-14. Opponents include George Washington, Virginia Tech, and Georgetown.
All three games will be at the St. James Sports Complex in Springfield, VA. Maryland played there once already this season in a 3-2 loss to Georgetown on September 25.