March 20, 2012
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Alex Aust scored a career-high five goals, including four in the second half, to lead No. 4 Maryland to a 21-7 win against Stony Brook Tuesday at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.
Aust led a dominant and inclusive Terrapin offense that boasted goals from nine different players. Katie Schwarzmann and Brooke Griffin added four and three goals, respectively. Of Maryland's 21 goals on the day, 10 were assisted. Karri Ellen Johnson paced Maryland (8-2, 2-1 ACC) with three assists.
After tangling with a scrappy Stony Brook (5-3) squad in the first half, an unbridled Terp attack ran wild in the second stanza. Led by four goals from Aust, Maryland recorded seven unanswered scores midway through the second half for a devastating 14-goal cushion with 10:05 remaining in the match.
Maryland goalie and Tewaaraton Watch List nominee Brittany Dipper put together the best statistical half of her career with a nine-save showing in the first stanza against the Seawolves. The Terp defense was led by freshman Shanna Brady (four groundballs, two caused turnovers) and junior Iliana Sanza (four groundballs, three draw controls, four caused turnovers).
"I was really proud of our effort tonight," head coach Cathy Reese said. "We knew coming into this game that Stony Brook was going to fight and they were going to hustle and really work to outwork us all over the field and I was proud of our effort from every single person that played.
"With our fight for groundballs and our tenacity all over the field, I was just really proud of our team top to bottom today."
The Terps have now scored 16 or more goals in three consecutive matches. Schwarzmann has tallied a hat trick in three straight games and in five of the last six contests.
Maryland hits the road for a match at James Madison Saturday.