COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Brooke Griffin notched three goals and two assists to lead the No. 2 Maryland women's lacrosse team past No. 4 Duke 15-6 Sunday at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.
The Terps (3-0, 1-0 ACC) were sparked by a 9-2 first-half advantage and ended the home opener with five unanswered goals to stay unbeaten in 2013. In addition to Griffin, Katie Schwarzmann, Alex Aust, Taylor Cummings, and Beth Glaros each added two goals to lead the offense.
Maryland jumped out to an impressive 9-1 lead in the first half. The Terps held Duke scoreless for 23 minutes following a Kerrin Maurer goal at 23:33. Maryland's defensive tenacity paid dividends in the first stanza, with the Terps besting the Blue Devils 8-0 in ground balls.
Griffin notched all three of her goals in the first half, including back-to-back scores at 7:43 and 3:49 to give Maryland a 7-1 cushion. In total, six different players accounted for the nine goals in the period.
Duke (4-1, 1-1 ACC) came out of the halftime break with new life, tallying the first two goals before Schwarzmann quelled the scoring with her first goal of the contest with 20:35 remaining. Another pair of Blue Devil goals cut the Terps' lead to 10-6 before Kelly McPartland kicked off Maryland's 5-0 run to the cap the game.
The Terps had nine goal scorers Sunday and nearly half of their goals came via an assist. Kasey Howard was solid once again in the goal, registering seven saves. Cummings filled up the box score with three ground balls, three draw controls and two caused turnovers. Schwarzmann, one of four Terps named to the Tewaaraton Watch List Friday, added three ground balls, two caused turnovers, and two draw controls.
"It was a great day for lacrosse," head coach Cathy Reese said. "It's great to get a win against a talented team like Duke. There are some things I thought we definitely could have done better but that's something that we will continue to work on as the season progresses."
Maryland stays in conference play with a game at Virginia Friday at 7 p.m.
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