COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Terrapin offense matched a season-high 19 goals as the No. 2 Maryland women’s lacrosse team toppled Towson 19-8 Wednesday in subfreezing temperatures at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.
Kelly McPartland led Maryland (12-0, 3-0 ACC) with six goals, including four in the first 11 minutes of the game. Brooke Griffin added four goals and Halle Majorana, Zoe Stukenberg, Beth Glaros and Jen Mendez each posted two scores a piece. Taylor Cummings and Majorana recorded a pair of assists to help bolster Maryland’s dynamic attack.
Towson (5-5) landed on the scoreboard first with a Gabby Cha goal at 27:51 but the lead would be short-lived as Griffin and McPartland sent the Terps on a commanding 5-0 run, including four goals from McPartland and a goal and an assist from Griffin.
The Tigers temporarily snapped the scoring streak with three consecutive tallies from Taylor Moore in a three minute period around the 14-minute mark. Maryland rallied for its second five-goal stretch of the stanza with tallies from Majorana, Griffin, Glaros, McPartland and Stukenberg to provide the Terps with a comfortable 10-4 advantage at the break.
Stukenberg recorded her second goal of the night and gave Maryland an 11-4 lead with the first tally of the second half at 24:51. Griffin extended the cushion to eight with an assisted score from Majorana two minutes later. Ashleigh Rohrback halted the Terps’ seven-goal stretch with her first of three scores at 21:31 but the duo of Griffin and Majorana connected again to negate the goal for a 13-5 contest with 20 minutes remaining.
Rohrback found the back of the net for back-to-back scores at 18:48 and 18:05 to shrink Maryland’s lead to seven but a tenacious Terrapin attack piled on yet another decisive 5-0 run with scores from McPartland, Majorana, Glaros, Mendez and Meredith to get the clock running and provide the home team with an 18-7 advantage with nine minutes to play.
Both teams exchanged goals down the stretch for a 19-8 final.
Maryland outshot Towson 35-18 on the night. The Terrapin defense – led by freshman Nadine Hadnagy who recorded a team-high three caused turnovers – held its 12th consecutive opponent to 10 or fewer goals. Alice Mercer tallied three ground balls and a pair of caused turnovers to aid in the effort. Cummings posted a game-high five draw controls.
“I thought we played really well tonight,” head coach Cathy Reese said. “We played strong and we fought hard for a full 60 minutes so it was nice to see, despite the weather. I thought we had a good effort all over the field. We saw a lot of good things from a lot of people. I give Towson a lot of credit. They came out hard and they fought all over the field. Overall, we played very well though.”
Maryland welcomes No. 4 Boston College for a pivotal ACC matchup Saturday at noon at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.