#2 Terps Use Balanced Attack to Best W&M 19-3

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - A total of 13 players scored at least one goal Wednesday as the No. 2 Maryland women’s lacrosse team trumped William & Mary 19-3 at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.

Kelly McPartland led the Terps (7-0) with four goals and one assist. Taylor Cummings, Zoe Stukenberg and Jen Mendez added two goals each while Halle Majorana, Taylor Salandra, Erin Collins, Bryn Boucher, Theo Kwas, Kristen Lamon, Mattie Meredith, Bairre Reilly and Caroline Wannen all chipped in with one tally to keep Maryland perfect in 2014.

Maryland started the game with two quick scores after Collins and McPartland found the back of the net two minutes into the contest. William & Mary (1-3) knotted the match with a pair of goals of its own at 25:57 and 24:34.

The Terps then mustered a devastating 7-0 run, including two additional scores by McPartland, for a 9-2 advantage.  Majorana recorded two assists in the run as Maryland tallied a season-high nine helpers on the day.

Ellen Shaffrey snapped the Terps’ scoring streak before Maryland posted two final goals in the final 17 seconds of the half for a decisive 11-3 cushion through 30 minutes. The Terps outshot the Tribe 20-6 in the first period and doubled up W&M on the draw 10-5.

The Terrapin defense was unwavering in the second half, registering over 33 minutes of scoreless lacrosse to cap the match. Utilizing the majority of its bench, Maryland posted eight tallies in the second stanza for a 19-3 finale. It was Maryland’s second-straight 19-goal output after topping No. 6 Duke 19-10 in Durham Saturday.

Maryland was nearly perfect on the clear, securing 18 of 19 while forcing William & Mary into 19 turnovers. Casey Pepperman – who earned a start Wednesday – led the defense with three ground balls and three caused turnovers while adding a pair of draw controls. Shanna Brady added three caused turnovers and two ground balls as the Terps held its fourth opponent to five or fewer goals in 2014.

“Tonight was a good opportunity for us to get a get a lot of playing time for a lot of our players,” head coach Cathy Reese said. “With 13 different players on our roster scoring, that was really good for us and it helps us work on our depth on the offensive end. I thought we came out strong and finished strong and that was nice to see.”

Maryland heads back on the road for a pivotal match at No. 3 Syracuse on Monday. The game is slated for a 7 p.m. start at the Carrier Dome.