March 23, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Alex Aust tallied nine points as the No. 1 Maryland women's lacrosse team rolled to its 11th straight win with an 18-8 victory against No. 19 James Madison Saturday.
The Terps, returning home from their longest road swing of the year, started a little slow out of the gate, surrendering the first two goals of the game and did not notch a goal until Lamon put the Terps on the board at 17:04. Aust sparked Maryland to its first lead of the game with scores at 16:42 and 15:34 and kicked off a 4-0 run for a 5-2 Terrapin lead.
JMU (5-3) and Maryland exchanged two goals each in the final 11 minutes for a three-goal Terrapin advantage at the break.
The Maryland offense did not stay quiet for long however, outscoring the Dukes 10-1 in the opening 20 minutes of the second stanza. Aust opened the period with a goal six seconds in and following a JMU tally at 21:59, Maryland recorded nine unanswered goals - including a hat trick from Majorana - for a 17-5 lead.
James Madison mustered a 3-0 run to clip the running clock with 1:34 to play but a Taylor Salandra goal with 40 seconds remaining gave Maryland the 18-8 victory.
The Terrapin defense has held four consecutive opponents under nine goals and helped force James Madison into 23 turnovers. Taylor Cummings registered a game-high four draw controls and also added three ground balls.
"We started off the game and the goalie had some great saves and ours shots weren't falling and we were a little frantic in what we were doing," head coach Cathy Reese said. "Once we were able to take a deep breath and settle down I think we were able to put some opportunities away. We also did a great job re-defending today, all over the field, in the midfield, and were able to cause quite a few turnovers."
Maryland heads to Towson Tuesday for a game against the Tigers at 7 p.m.