March 13, 2012
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 5 Maryland women's lacrosse team flexed its offensive muscles in an 18-9 rout of Richmond Tuesday at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.
Brooke Griffin scored four goals to lead Maryland (6-2, 1-1 ACC) to its highest goal output since Feb. 16. A total of nine players notched goals for the Terps including Katie Schwarzmann, who racked up a hat trick. Karri Ellen Johnson became the third player in Maryland history to record 200 career goals with a two-tally showing against Richmond (3-4).
The Terps jumped to an early 4-0 lead, led by two goals from Kristy Black, and never looked back. Maryland outscored Richmond 11-4 in the first half.
After falling one short of Richmond in draw controls in the first period, Maryland picked up its effort on the draw in the second stanza, besting the Spiders 7-6. Beth Glaros had four draw controls to lead Maryland. The Terps also committed four fewer turnovers in the second half en route to a nine-goal win, their largest margin of victory since their 16-6 finish at No. 17 Penn State Feb. 19.
"I thought we came out hard tonight," head coach Cathy Reese said. "We did a much better job of shooting especially against a very talented goalie. That was an emphasis heading into tonight and I thought our girls did well.
"Obviously there's always room to improve but much better than where we've been."
Alex Aust paced the Terps with three assists and also added two goals. Nine of Maryland's 18 goals were assisted. Brittany Dipper racked up 12 saves in the cage. Iliana Sanza had a tremendous game defensively with five caused turnovers and four groundballs.
The Terps play the third match of a four-game homestand Saturday when they welcome Boston College for first draw at noon.