No. 1 Terps' Defense Rules in Defeat of No. 18 Stony Brook

Stony Brook, N.Y. – The two top-ranked offenses in the country engaged in a defensive battle as No. 18 Stony Brook held No. 1 Maryland to a season-low in goals, but the Terps pulled away late for the 8-3 win Sunday afternoon at LaValle Stadium.

Frankie Caridi made six saves in her second consecutive full game in net, while Claire Petersen paced Stony Brook (5-2) with two points on one goal and an assist.

Kate Schwarzmann netted a hat trick and chipped in one assist, and Alex Aust scored two goals and dished out two assists as Maryland improved its unblemished record to 9-0.

“We do not just want to compete closely with a top team. We want to win. This one will sting for a long time but will also provide a building block that we can use to build off of starting tomorrow.” -- Head Coach Joe Spallina

Stony Brook took an early 1-0 lead on an unassisted tally by sophomore Michelle Rubino and trailed by just one, 4-3, at the intermission. Taylor Cummings took a feed from Aust and found the back of the net six minutes into the second stanza to give the Terps a 5-3 edge.

The two squads played scoreless lacrosse for the next 19 minutes before Aust put in a free position shot to extend the guest's lead to three, 6-3, with under five minutes to play. Brooke Griffin tallied a goal off an assist from Aust with 2:43 left in the second half, and Aust scored her second goal of the day moments later as the Terps went in front, 8-3.

Rubino, Petersen and Janine Hillier each netted a goal for Stony Brook, while Petersen registered the team's lone assist. Rubino led Stony Brook on the draw with three controlled draws, while Beth Glaros tallied three for Maryland. The Terps held a slight edge in draw controls, 7-6.

Caridi picked up a game-high four ground balls, while Rubino finished with three. Rubino, Justyne Passarelli and Kelly Kuerner each caused one turnover.

News and Notes

• Maryland's previous low for goals in a game this year came yesterday against Boston College when the Terps tallied 13 goals.

• Both of Stony Brook's losses have come against top-three opponents as SBU rallied by fell to then-No. 3/3 Florida, 16-9, in Gainesville in February.

Up Next: The Seawolves will look to rebound Wednesday when they host Iona at 7:00 p.m. at LaValle Stadium.

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STONY BROOK, N.Y. – The No. 1 Maryland women's lacrosse team capped its weekend action with a stellar defensive effort in an 8-3 win at No. 18 Stony Brook Sunday.

Maryland (9-0, 3-0 ACC) held its opponent to a mere eight shots for the second consecutive game and allowed only eight goals in two victories on the weekend. Katie Schwarzmann led the offense with a hat trick and Alex Aust recorded four points on two goals and two assists.

The Terps surrendered the first goal of the game five minutes into the match and was held off the scoreboard until a pair of goals by Schwarzmann and Brooke Griffin in a two-minute period around the 15-minute mark gave Maryland a 2-1 lead.

Claire Petersen knotted the game at 12:33 but Schwarzmann capped her hat trick with two goals and the defense limited the Seawolves to one score in the final 10 minutes of the stanza for a 4-3 lead at the half.

The tenacious defensive effort continued into the second half as Maryland held Stony Brook – a team averaging 16.5 goals a game heading into Sunday's game – without a goal the entire period. Goals by Taylor Cummings, Aust (2) and Griffin ended the scoring at 8-3.

The Terps, led by Schwarzmann, shut down one of the nation's top scorers Demmiane Cook, who was held without a goal on the day before posting 29 through six games prior. Kelly McPartland and Cummings paced Maryland with three ground balls each.

"Defensively, we put together a really great weekend and challenged ourselves by playing two good opponents in two days," head coach Cathy Reese said.

Maryland will end its three-game road swing with a contest at William & Mary Wednesday.

2013-03-17



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