HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – Senior midfielder Zoe Stukenberg tied her career high with five goals as the No. 1 Maryland women’s lacrosse team (4-0) beat Hofstra (2-2) 18-7 Saturday afternoon.
“It was really cold and windy, but I think the team found a way to get things going and be effective across the field,” head coach Cathy Reese said. “Our offense really started rolling in the first half, and Megan Taylor had another great performance to lead the defense.”
Stukenberg scored on all five of her shots vs. the Pride. Junior attackers Megan Whittle and Taylor Hensh each had hat tricks while senior attacker Caroline Wannen and sophomore midfielder Jen Giles scored twice.
Sophomore goalie Megan Taylor had another stellar outing in cage, making 10 saves while allowing six goals for a .625 save percentage. Taylor has made 10 saves in three straight outing and hasn’t had under a .500 save percentage in any game this season.
The Pride scored the first goal of the game, but Whittle and Kacie Longo scored within 39 seconds to give the Terps a 2-1 lead. Another Hofstra goal was also met with two tallies for the Terps, and the Pride scored its last goal of the half at 15:17.
Maryland broke out for eight unanswered goals to finish the half, including three from Stukenberg and two from Hensh.
Stukenberg notched the first goal of the second half before Hofstra notched two. Freshman Brindi Griffin posted her first career goal and Wannen followed with a caused turnover and one-on-one goal.
Stukenberg, Hensh and senior Theo Kwas finished the scoring for the Terps.
Stukenberg also led the game with four draw controls while Giles grabbed four ground balls.
The Terps are back in action on Wednesday when Maryland hosts Boston College at 7 p.m. The game will be the Terps’ first of the season at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex and will be streamed on BTN Plus.