Aust Tallies 10 Points as No. 1 Terps Outgun No. 6 Cavaliers

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – No. 6 Virginia lost its home opener, falling to No. 1 Maryland, 18-10. Through the first 10 minutes of the game, Virginia answered each Maryland goal with an equalizer, knotting the game 3-3. After Maryland rattled off three straight goals to take a 6-3 lead with 14:49 left in the first half, AshleeWarner took a feed from Caroline McTiernan to narrow the gap to 6-4 with 10:12 left in the half.

Virginia added a goal from Casey Bocklet and a second score from Warner to trail 8-6 at the break.

In the second half, Maryland scored 32 seconds into the period, but again Virginia answered with Warner's third goal of the game with 27:28 remaining. Maryland scored four straight to extend its advantage to 13-7. Bocklet and Morgan Stephens scored back-to-back goals a minute apart to make it a 15-10game, but the Terps' potent offense added three more scores to push the lead to 18-10 with eight minutes left in the game.

“Obviously Maryland is a very good team,” said head coach Julie Myers. “I thought we challenged them and made them work hard for what they got, but clearly you can't give Maryland, or a team that is that good at shooting, that many opportunities. I thought they had great open looks at the cage, but not because we weren't working hard at trying to deny them, but because they were that good. They were hitting good lanes.”

Maryland scored its 18 goals on just 23 shots. Virginia scored 10 goals on 20 shots.

Bocklet added four goals to give her a team-best 11 goals this season. Warner scored three goals with an assist. Caroline McTiernan and Courtney Swan each scored a goal and had an assist.

Kim Koalrik had three saves. Liz Colgan played the final 1:27 in goal, but did not face a shot.

Maryland won 18 draw controls to Virginia's 12. Stephens led the Cavaliers with four. Daniela Eppler won two draw controls and had three ground balls.

With the victory, Maryland improves to 4-0 (2-0 ACC). Virginia falls to 2-2 (0-1 ACC).

Virginia will face another top-10 ranked team on Sunday, March 3 when it hosts No. 10 Penn State at 1:00 p.m. at Klockner Stadium.

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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 13-7 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, the Terps tallied the final three goals of the game. Maryland has now scored 15 or more goals in each of its four games this season. Taylor Cummings boasted a team-high seven draw controls as the Terps won their seventh straight against Virginia.

Maryland welcomes Hofstra for its second of three games in a five-day span Sunday at 1:00 p.m. at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.


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