The United States lost a crucial match to New Zealand, 3-2, Saturday at Riverbank Arena, eliminating the Americans from the medal chase with one game remaining in pool play.
Katie O'Donnell (Maryland) and Claire Laubach scored for the United States, which desperately needed a win — and the three points in the standings that would come with it.
Instead, Clarissa Eshuis' goal with less than eight minutes remaining dashed the Americans' hopes. They pulled their goaltender and pulled out all the stops, but they could not score a second-half goal against New Zealand.
O'Donnell played 53 minutes, and fellow former Terp Keli Smith Puzo played...