COLLEGE PARK, Md. - A total of five players tallied at least two goals Sunday as the No. 2 Maryland women’s lacrosse team downed Richmond 15-5 in its home opener at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.
The Terps (2-0) were led by four-goal performances from sophomore Taylor Cummings and junior Kelly McPartland. Freshman Zoe Stukenberg added a hat trick and Beth Glaros and Halle Majorana chipped in with two goals each. Maryland’s defense held its second straight opponent to five or fewer goals after defeating UMBC 14-3 Friday.
Maryland got its offense started early, racking up a 9-1 advantage through 30 minutes of play. The Terps’ first four goals of the game all came via different players as McPartland, Cummings, Glaros and Majorana all found the back of the net for a 4-0 cushion a mere 10 minutes into the contest.
Maryland did not surrender a goal until Anna Jeszeck scored off a free position attempt with 1:19 remaining in the period. The Spiders were limited to six shots in the stanza while committing eight turnovers.
The Terps utilized their bench in the second half as a total of 21 reserves saw action on the day. Goals by Glaros, Stukenberg and McPartland provided Maryland with a 12-1 lead with 21:44 to play before Richmond tacked on a pair of goals in-and-around the 17-minute mark.
Three straight scores by Maryland – including free positions by Cummings and McPartland – got the clock running again with 15 minutes remaining. Richmond picked up the final two goals of the game.
Defensively, Megan Douty, Alice Mercer and Casey Pepperman recorded two caused turnovers apiece. Mercer, who was key on several fast-break transition goals for the Terps, also added four ground balls.
“One of our goals today was to come out and try to control the game from the start and look to attack more,” head coach Cathy Reese said. “I thought our offense did a better job in the first half of attacking and going to goal and that’s really what we were striving for.”
Maryland will play its third game in six days when it welcomes Boston University for a midweek match on Wednesday at 4 p.m. Admission is free.