No. 1 Terps Control Draws, Use Late 5-0 Run to Defeat UMBC

COLLEGE PARK, Md. Alex Aust racked up 11 points, including a Terrapin single-game record seven assists, to lead the No. 1 Maryland women's lacrosse to a midweek victory over UMBC 17-10 Tuesday.

Aust, the reigning ACC Offensive Player of the Week, tallied a career-best 11 points, one shy of the Maryland program record, set by Jen Adams. The senior attacker has 29 points in the last three games. Katie Schwarzmann added five points on three goals and two assists and combined with freshman Taylor Cummings to record 12 draw controls as the Terps (6-0, 2-0 ACC) dominated the critical category 21-8.

For the first time in 2013, Maryland did not notch the first goal of the match as UMBC got on the board at 28:43. The Terps answered with a 3-0 run and netted seven of the next eight goals in the game to boast a 7-2 advantage. Brooke Griffin led Maryland with two goals in the rally. Aust capped the Terps' scoring with two goals at the end of the first period as the two teams exchanged scores resulting in a 9-5 Maryland advantage at the half.

The Terps were able to utilize their bench again in the second stanza as Maryland used a season-high 12 substitutes against UMBC (3-2). Following a Kristen Bilney score to start the half, Maryland's offense caught fire with a devastating 5-0 run, ending with a Kelly McPartland score at 18:31 for an eight-goal cushion.

After a Retriever goal at 16:14, the two squads both mustered 3-0 rallies to end the game at 17-10.

Five Terrapins registered double-digit goals. Kristen Lamon tallied her third straight hat trick. Kasey Howard and Abbey Clipp combined for five saves for the win in the cage. Erin Collins recorded three draw controls and two caused turnovers off the bench.

"We were able to control the draw today and that was something that was huge for us because it turns into possessions and we had our opportunities," head coach Cathy Reese said. "I thought we shot well, which was good. We found our openings and were able to put the ball in the back of the net. I did think we turned the ball over way too much from what we like to see from our team and that's something that we need to a better job of as we move forward in the season."

Maryland welcomes Penn State Saturday at noon for its final contest in a three-game homestand.

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. Early in the second half, UMBC came within three, 9-6, of No. 1 Maryland, but the Terrapins scored five unanswered over the next 3:21 to shut the door on the Retrievers and remain undefeated with a 17-10 victory on Tuesday night at the Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex.

Maryland (6-0) held a 21-8 advantage on draw controls in the contest, including a game-high seven draws from freshman middie Taylor Cummings. Senior attack Alex Aust piloted the Terrapins with 11 points on the evening, scoring four goals and setting a school record with seven assists.

Junior attack Shannon Harkey (Purcellville, Va./Loudon Valley) and sophomore midfielder Alyssa Semones (Westminster, Md./Westminster/Penn State) each registered three points on the night for the Retrievers. Senior goalkeeper Kendall Mason (Lloyd Harbor, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) tallied eight saves, including two stops on free position shots by the Terps.

Following a save on a free position shot from Mason, the Retrievers jumped on the offensive, with sophomore Jordan Lyons (Peterborough, Ontario/St. Peter's Secondary) netting her second goal of the year from Semones, to put UMBC on the board first.

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2013-03-05



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