COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Brooke Griffin netted five goals to lift the No. 2 Maryland women’s lacrosse team to a 13-8 victory against No. 18 Virginia Sunday at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.
Maryland (15-1, 5-1 ACC) outscored Virginia 7-2 in the second half to win the final conference meeting between the two programs. In addition to Griffin, Taylor Cummings led the Terrapin attack with three goals and two assists. Halle Majorana and Zoe Stukenberg also aided the offense with two goals each.
Cummings took advantage of an early Virginia yellow card when she connected on an assist from Griffin at 24:44 for a 1-0 lead. Posey Valis answered two minutes later for the Cavaliers with a free position tally. The duo of Cummings and Griffin put the Terps up by two with unassisted goals at 21:33 and 17:17, respectively, for a 3-1 score.
Liza Blue cut that lead to one with a score at 16:27 before Maryland again extended its cushion to two with Griffin’s second tally of the contest at 16:12.
The final 15 minutes of the first half featured six goals, including four for UVA (8-7, 2-4 ACC). After Kelly Boyd found the back of the net for the Cavs at 14:38, Majorana erased the goal with an unassisted tally at 11:15 before Virginia tacked on two goals courtesy of Courtney Swan to make it an even game with 3:08 remaining.
The two teams exchanged goals, with Griffin capping a first-half hat trick at 1:59 and Boyd netting one final tally for the Cavs with six ticks remaining on the clock, for a 6-6 score through 30 minutes of play.
The back-and-forth affair continued in the second half, with Griffin finding the back of the net first off the draw 15 seconds into the period for a 7-6 Maryland lead. Daniela Eppler countered with a score at 25:18 for a tie game until Majorana put the Terps back on top after a beautiful look from Kelly McPartland for an 8-7 advantage with 19:50 remaining.
Virginia evened it once again with a goal from Casey Bocklett at 16:33 after a lengthy Cavalier possession midway through the second stanza. Following a lull in scoring and multiple Terrapin shots off the pipe, Beth Glaros connected for Maryland’s ninth goal of the contest for a one-goal lead with 11:37 left and sparked a decisive 5-0 run for the Terps.
Stukenberg upped the cushion to two after going top shelf off a nice look from Cummings 16 seconds later. Cummings gave Maryland its first three-goal lead with a stellar move to shake a defender off the far post for an 11-8 match with 6:29 remaining.
Glaros came up big following a Maryland turnover, checking Virginia goalie Liz Colgan and igniting the Terps’ 12th goal of the game as Jen Mendez found a streaking Stukenberg for a four-goal advantage with just under four minutes to play. One final goal from Griffin with 22 seconds remaining capped the scoring at 13-8.
Maryland utilized a strong 7-3 advantage at the draw in the second half to capture the category15-8. Glaros, Cummings and Erin Collins recorded four each. Abbey Clipp tallied 10 saves in the cage as the Terps moved to 39-17 overall in the all-time series.
“I give Virginia a lot of credit, I thought it was a very hard-fought game,” head coach Cathy Reese said. “We expected that coming in and knew this was going to be a good test for us. I’m really proud of how we pulled it out in the end. We had a really great second half and we were able to play better defense and come up with some stops. We stepped it up in the second half and that was what we needed to do.”
Maryland returns to action when it welcomes Virginia Tech at noon next Saturday for Senior Day at Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.