Balanced Attack Leads No. 1 Maryland Past No. 7 Penn State

COLLEGE PARK, Md. A total of 10 Terrapins registered at least one goal Saturday as the No. 1 Maryland women's lacrosse team handled No. 7 Penn State 20-10 at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.

Maryland (7-0, 2-0 ACC) was led in scoring by Alex Aust and Brooke Griffin who tallied four goals apiece as the Terps turned in one of their most complete performances of the young season. Aust added four assists and now has 38 points in the last four games. The senior is one of only eight players in program history to record 100 assists. Freshman Taylor Cummings added five points on two goals and three assists.

The Terps were running on all cylinders through the first 15 minutes of the game, outscoring Penn State (4-2) 8-1 including a 5-0 run to start the half. The first seven goals of the contest all came courtesy of different players. Maryland capped the first stanza arguably its finest in 2013 on a 4-0 tear, including an Aust tally with time expiring for a 12-4 advantage at the half.

The Nittany Lions shrunk Maryland's lead to 13-8 with 23:50 remaining in the game but was then stifled by a stingy Terrapin defense which held Penn State without a goal for 20 minutes down the stretch. Meanwhile, Maryland's offense continued to roll with seven unanswered goals, including scores from Camilla Hayes and Taylor Salandra off the bench.

Kasey Howard led Maryland defensively with a career-best 14 saves. The defense caused 15 Nittany Lion turnovers, led by two each from Katie Schwarzmann, Shanna Brady and Aust. Maryland is outscoring opponents 125-65 through the first seven games four of which have been against top-10 opponents.

"We went through the first half and I was really pleased with our defense ... we played better than we have been, so that's definitely going in the right direction," head coach Cathy Reese said. "We had a little lapse at beginning of the second half but after our timeout I thought we regrouped and we did much better for the remainder of the second half. We just need to put together a full 60 minutes of it, that'd be ideal."

Maryland hits the road for three games, beginning with a contest at Boston College next Saturday.

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COLLEGE PARK, Md.; March 9, 2013 Despite a team-high four goals from sophomore Maggie McCormick (Eldersburg, Md.), the No. 7/9 Penn State women's lacrosse team dropped a 20-10 decision to the top-ranked Maryland Terrapins. The Nittany Lions are now 4-2, while Maryland raises it's record to 7-0.

No. 1/1 Maryland started the game by scoring five uncontested goals before senior Molly Fernandez (Baltimore, Md.) got Penn State on the board with 9:33 remaining in the first half to shrink the Terrapins' advantage to 5-1. UM added one more before Missy Doherty made a change in goal with redshirt-senior Ayla Halus (Hershey, Pa.) replacing freshman Emi Smith (Denver, Colo.) for the Nittany Lions. The Terrapins scored twice more to take the 8-1 lead before PSU struck again.

Nearly 16 minutes into the first half, McCormick netted her first of four goals on the day to make the game an 8-2 Maryland advantage. Fernandez was credited with the assist on McCormick's goal. The Terrapins countered, but Penn State's offense wasn't done and the Nittany Lions got on the scoreboard twice more in the first half including another goal from McCormick, this time unassisted. A goal from Haley Ford less than a minute later brought PSU within five tallies again, 9-4.

The top-ranked Terrapins continued to attack, however, adding three more goals before half time. Penn State trailed the Terps 12-4 at the break.

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