No. 1 Maryland Not Silenced by UMBC GK's 17 SavesCOLLEGE PARK, Md. Junior midfielder Taylor Cummings notched five points and eight draw controls as the No. 1 Maryland lacrosse team (4-0) took a 14-7 victory over UMBC (3-3) Wednesday evening at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.
It was a good game tonight, said head coach Cathy Reese. I thought UMBC came out and their players fought really hard. I saw a lot of good things tonight. We wanted to focus on taking care of the ball tonight, all over the field, and transition on the offensive end. I thought our players did a really nice job on that.
Cummings scored four goals and added an assist. Sophomore Zoe Stukenberg also tallied four goals, while freshman Megan Whittle notched a hat trick for the third straight game. Brooke Griffin, Taylor Salandra and Kristen Lamon each added a goal for the Terps. Griffin led the team with three assists.
Maryland started the game on a 4-0 run. Whittle scored at 29:22, and Stukenberg brought the Terps to 2-0 at 27:14 off a backdoor pass from Griffin. Stukenberg scored again 90 seconds later, and Lamon notched a top-shelf goal at 21:16.
Cummings scored the Terrapins' next three goals, including one on an open net as the Retrievers keeper misread the play and left the goal. Stukenberg and Griffin also scored as Maryland took a 9-2 lead into halftime.
The Terps' defense was stellar in the first half, holding UMBC to just two goals on five shots. The Retrievers held the ball in the Maryland zone for a three-minute period and were unable to get a shot off before turning the ball over.
The offense fired off three straight goals to start the second half, with two coming from Whittle and one from Stukenberg. UMBC was able to record three straight goals to make it a 12-5 game. Salandra scored her first goal of the season at 12:55, and Cummings tallied her last goal of the contest on a free-position shot at 9:59.
The Retrievers were able to add two more goals, including one with 0:02 remaining, but the Terps took the 14-7 win.
All three Maryland goalies saw playing time Wednesday. Redshirt senior Alex Fitzpatrick started the game and made two saves while allowed two goals in 20 minutes. Sophomore Emily Kift played for 18 minutes and made one save while allowing one goal. Freshman Emma Moss entered the cage for the first time this season and made seven saves, including three on free-position attempts, in 22 minutes to close the game.
The Terps held a 43-21 advantage in shots, taking a whopping 30 in the first half. Maryland also held a 17-5 advantage in draws.
Maryland is now 10-0 all-time against the Retrievers.
The Terrapins face No. 5 Syracuse on Saturday in a rematch of the 2014 NCAA Championship game. Opening draw is scheduled for noon. The game will be broadcast on BTN Plus.
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COLLEGE PARK, Md. UMBC freshman goalkeeper Kelsey Major (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty) registered the most saves for a Retriever goalkeeper in over 10 seasons, stopping 17, but it was not enough to silence No. 1 Maryland, and the Terrapins defeated the Retrievers, 14-7, in non-conference action on Wednesday night at the Maryland Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.
UMBC received scoring from six different players on the afternoon, including three that registered their first collegiate goals, but the Terrapins outscored the Retrievers, 9-2, in the opening half to cruise to victory. Maryland held a 17-5 advantage in draw controls on the evening and outshot the Retrievers, 43-21. UMBC's point's leader Abby Wilson (Bel Air, Md./Fallston) paced the Retrievers with a pair of scores on the day.
The Retrievers (3-3) snap a three-game win streak, while the Terps remain unbeaten at 4-0.
The Terrapins wasted no time getting started, as junior Taylor Cummings pulled in the first draw control and freshman Megan Whittle scored her first of three goals on the night to put Maryland out in front, 1-0, 44 seconds into the contest. Cummings was able to cause a turnover to setup the second Terrapin score, this one coming off a pass from Brooke Griffin for Zoe Stukenberg to finish.
Stukenberg and Cummings continued to be active, connecting for Maryland's third score of the evening 4:18 into the contest. Griffin dished out her second assist of the half, passing off the helper to Kristen Lamon with 21:16 to go in the first half, to put the Terps on top, 4-0.
Freshman Carolyn Jamison (Westminster, Md./Westminster) got the Retrievers on the board, netting a free position attempt 10:45 into the match-up, but Cummings grabbed the draw and went right to the cage for her first goal of the day. Wilson chipped in her 13th goal of the year less than two minutes later to cut the Retrievers' deficit to three, 5-2.
Cummings continued to add to her point total in the opening half, scoring two of her four goals 33 seconds apart to extend the Terps' advantage to 7-2. Stukenberg and Griffin each chipped in goals before the end of the half to help the Terrapins take a 9-2 lead into the break.
Maryland put the pressure on UMBC's rookie goalkeeper and the reigning America East Defensive Player of the Week in the opening half, registering 30 shots, en route to Major finishing the period with 11 of her 17 saves.
Whittle started off the Terps' scoring again, this time 4:30 into the second half and 40 seconds later Stukenberg added her fourth of the evening to put Maryland up 12-2.
UMBC's freshman Caitlin Miller (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora) scored the first of three straight goals for the Retrievers with the first goal of her collegiate career coming with 21:33 remaining. Sophomore Amber Kovalick (Davidsonville, Md./South River) followed with her first of the season and rookie Kalyn Crocetti (Joppa, Md./Maryvale Preparatory) pulled UMBC within seven, 12-5, by adding the first goal of her career.
Major continued to try and hold off the Terps' charge, tallying six stops in the half, but Taylor Salandra scored her first of the year and Cummings added her fifth point on a score. The Retrievers were able to net two more in the final 2:32, the first coming from Wilson and the second representing freshman Marissa Davey's (Ellicott City, Md./Marriotts Ridge) first collegiate score. Major moves to 3-3 on the season, while Maryland's three goalkeepers combined to make 10 stops, with Alex Fitzpatrick (4-0) earning the victory.
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