CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -
Fueled by a career-high 10 points from senior Alex Aust, the No. 1 Maryland women's lacrosse team defeated No. 6 Virginia 18-10 Friday night.
Aust tallied five goals and five assists - tying the third-highest point total in Terrapin single-game history - as Maryland (4-0, 2-0 ACC) dropped its third straight top-10 ranked foe. Sophomore Kristen Lamon added a career-best four goals.
Freshman Halle Majorana put the Terps on the board a little over a minute into play off Aust's first of five assists on the night. The two teams would go on to exchange three scores before Maryland picked up its first multi-goal lead of the contest with unassisted goals by Aust (2) and Beth Glaros for a 6-3 advantage with 14:49 remaining in the first.
Ashlee Warner snapped Maryland's three-goal string with a score at 10:12 before Aust struck once again for her third goal of the stanza three minutes later to extend the Terps' lead back to three.
Virginia outscored the Terps 2-1 in the final 5:20 of the first period to stay within striking distance of Maryland, but the nation's top-ranked squad exploded out of halftime, much in part to Lamon, who provided a big spark for the Terps' offensively, racking up four goals in the first 10 minutes of the second half.
The Terps amassed a devastating 4-0 run to extend their lead to 13-6 before Casey Bocklet tallied a goal for Virginia to stop the drive. Goals by Aust and Lamon gave Maryland a seven-goal cushion with 20:40 left before an offensive lull in action midway through the second period.
Following a pair of Virginia goals, Maryland tallied the final three goals of the game. The Terps have now scored 15 or more goals in each of their four games this season. Taylor Cummings boasted a team-high seven draw controls as Maryland defeated Virginia for a seventh consecutive time.
"I was really proud of how we came out in the second half," head coach Cathy Reese said. "We got contributions from a lot of different players tonight. Virginia is a very good team so it's great to get a win down here in Charlottesville."
Maryland welcomes Hofstra for its second of three games in a five-day span Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.
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