Denver's Season Comes to an End with Second Round Loss to Maryland
Radochonski led the Pioneers with two goals and Hoch-Bullen tallied two points
May 13, 2018
College Park, Md.— In a matchup with the overall No. 1-seed Maryland Terrapins, the Denver Pioneers put up a 60-minute fight before ultimately falling 15-4 to the Terps in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday afternoon.
Eliza Radochonski led the Pioneers with two goals as Laura Milleker and Quintin Hoch-Bullen each recorded a free-position goal for the Crimson and Gold. Senior captain Caitlin Derry and Hoch-Bullen were credited with the lone Denver assists.
Denver kept it close in the first 30 minutes, holding Maryland to just four goals which tied its lowest total in a half this season, but in the second half the Terps pulled away on a 9-0 run for the win.
The Pioneers closed the deficit to two twice in the contest after trailing 4-0 early on, but couldn’t get any closer.
Maddie Baum finished with a game-high six draw controls, while Kennedy Milburn, Riley Eggeman and Katherine Fischer tied with a team-high three ground balls. Elizabeth Behrins led the Pioneers with two caused turnovers with Fischer tallying the Pioneers’ other caused turnover in the game.
Carson Gregg made nine saves in net, holding Maryland to seven goals on 15 free-position chances. In comparison, Denver had just four free-position attempts, converting on two.
Maryland had the edge in shots 33-23 (24-14 in shots on goal), as well as in ground balls (12-11) and caused turnovers (4-3), but Denver won the draw control battle 11-10.
In an interesting start, Hoch-Bullen appeared to score the opening goal at the 28:53 mark, but it was waved off and led to a quick goal on the other end by Maryland with 28:27 on the board. The Terps made it 4-0 with three free-position goals at 24:34, 22:53 and 20:38.
There was a lapse in scoring by both teams, with the Denver defense holding Maryland off the board for the final 20:38 minutes in the half and Denver going the first 22 minutes in the game without a goal.
Radochonski put the Pioneers on the board with eight minutes left in the half on a Derry assist and Hoch-Bullen made it 4-2 with a free-position goal with 25 seconds left in the half.
The score would hold at 4-2 after the first 30 minutes.
To start the second half, Feiss had a chance to bring the Pioneers within one on a free-position attempt, but the Maryland keeper made the stop. On the other end, Maryland made it 5-2 on a free-position attempt of its own with 26:32 left in the game. The deficit went back to four after another Maryland goal (24:21).
Denver pushed back with two-straight goals of its own to bring the Pioneers back within two. The freshmen teamed up for the Pioneers’ first goal of the second half, as Radochonski scored her second goal of the game off of a quick shot with 23:23 left in the half, getting the pass from Hoch-Bullen and firing off the quick shot past the Maryland goalkeeper.
Milleker kept the momentum going for the Crimson and Gold, bringing the deficit back to two with a free-position goal with 21:34 on the clock.
However, two quick goals by the Terps in the span of a minute halted the Pioneer momentum and from that point on, the Pioneers weren’t able to find the back of the net.
Maryland closed the game with the final nine goals of the game to hold off the Pioneers and take the victory.
The Pioneers finish the season with a record of 13-7, and reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time in four years. The Pioneers also reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the third time in program history. With the loss comes the end of the career of Derry, Eggeman, Hanna Bocklet, Katy Miele and Emilie Arrix.
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