Tewaaraton finalist Taylor Cummings led the Terps (20-1) with 10 draw controls and also boasted a hat trick as Maryland advanced to the quarterfinals where it will face familiar foe Duke next Saturday at noon in College Park. Beth Glaros and Kelly McPartland added three goals each and Brooke Griffin (2), Kristen Lamon (1), and Jen Mendez (1) also contributed offensively.
After surrendering the first goal of the game, the Terps registered a 4-0 run with four goals in a matter of four minutes for a three-goal lead at the 19:25 mark. Cummings, Lamon, McPartland and Glaros all notched unassisted tallies.
Penn answered with back-to-back scores at 11:38 and 10:44 to shrink Maryland’s lead to one before the Terps offense posted two consecutive goals of their own from Griffin to push the cushion back to three with six minutes remaining in the first half.
Tory Bensen netted her second of three goals at 3:39 before the Terps capped the first stanza with a pair of tallies from Glaros and Cummings for a 9-4 score at the break.
A stifling Maryland defense held Penn to one goal in the second half and the Terps outscored the Quakers 5-1 in the final 30 minutes of play, highlighted by scores from Glaros, Cummings, McPartland (2) and Mendez, to win their 20th game of the year. It is the ninth 20-win season in Maryland program annals and the fifth in the last six seasons.
“We are excited to come out with a win today against a really tough Penn team,” head coach Cathy Reese said. “I give them a lot of credit. They fought hard all-game long. They’re super well-coached and have a really strong defense which challenged us in a lot of ways.
“I’m proud of our team effort. I thought we had a much better second half than we did first half so it was nice to see us improve and make some adjustments at halftime to limit their opportunities in the second half.”
The Terps face Duke at noon next Saturday in the NCAA quarterfinals at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex. Tickets are available by clicking here.