Top-Ranked Maryland Hands Hofstra First Loss of the Season

COLLEGE, PARK, Md. – Alex Aust and Kristen Lamon scored four goals each as the No. 1 Maryland women's lacrosse team defeated Hofstra 16-11 Sunday afternoon.

Maryland (5-0, 2-0 ACC) had seven different goal scorers on the day. With four goals and five assists against Hofstra (4-1) and a career-high 10 points in a win at Virginia Friday, Aust has totaled 19 points in the last two games. Taylor Cummings added a hat trick and Brooke Griffin recorded two goals and two assists to aid Maryland offensively.

The Terps tallied the first three goals of the game with Aust playing a hand in all three after assisting Katie Schwarzmann for the opener and scoring the next two. Hofstra got on the board at 24:54 before Lamon pushed the lead back to three with the first of her four goals.

Hofstra picked up two scores within a 38-second period around the 23-minute mark to shrink the lead to 4-3 but the Terps outscored the Pride 4-1 – including two goals from Aust – to close the first period and boast an 8-4 advantage heading into the half.

Maryland, which utilized its bench heavily in the second stanza, broke the game open with a 6-2 scoring advantage in the first 15 minutes of the half. Griffin and Lamon both scored two goals to lead the Terps in the stretch. Hofstra tallied three goals in the final 5:49 to cap the scoring at 16-11.

Kasey Howard was strong in the cage, registering 12 saves. Megan Douty recorded four ground balls, three caused turnovers, and three draw controls to lead the Terps defensively.

“Hofstra came out hard ... I give their team a lot of credit for stepping on the field and never backing down,” head coach Cathy Reese said. “For us defensively, we just need to help each other a little more. We were a little slow on our slides and that hurt us initially with the goals they were scoring. We've got a couple things we need to make some changes on moving forward and that is what we'll plan on doing this week.”

Maryland has another quick turnaround as it faces UMBC Tuesday night for its last of three games in a five-day span.

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College Park, MD – Hofstra gave top-ranked Maryland all it could handle before ultimately dropping a 16-11 decision to the Terps on Sunday afternoon at the Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex.

Sophomore attack Brittain Altomare led Hofstra with four points on two goals and two assists, while senior midfielder Jill Maier was outstanding with draw controls as she had eight to lead all players. Junior attack Julia Riemer posted a team-high three goals for the Pride. The draw control total marked a new career-high for Maier, who previously notched seven against Drexel in April of 2011.

Hofstra suffered its first loss of the season, falling to 4-1 in 2013. The 4-0 start was tied for the best in program history. No. 1 Maryland improved to 5-0 with the victory.

Sophomore defender April Iannetta continued her strong start to the 2013 campaign as she left her mark in all areas of the field, contributing three draw controls, two caused turnovers, two ground balls and two goals.

The 16 goals allowed by Hofstra marked the second fewest Maryland has scored in a game this season, which included the Terps scoring 19 goals against No. 2 Syracuse, 18 goals against No. 6 Virginia, 15 goals versus No. 4 Duke and 20 against Richmond.

Alex Aust had nine points on four goals and five assists for Maryland, while Kristen Lamon tied her for team-high honors with four goals. Katie Schwarzmann had five draw controls, two ground balls, along with a goal and an assist for the Terps.

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