No. 1 Maryland Rolls by No. 19 James Madison to Stay Unbeaten

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Alex Aust tallied nine points as the No. 1 Maryland women's lacrosse team rolled to its 11th straight win with an 18-8 victory against No. 19 James Madison Saturday.

Maryland (11-0, 3-0 ACC) was led in scoring by Aust, who tallied four goals in addition to five assists. Kristen Lamon and Halle Majorana each netted hat tricks.

The Terps, returning home from their longest road swing of the year, started a little slow out of the gate, surrendering the first two goals of the game and did not notch a goal until Lamon put the Terps on the board at 17:04. Aust sparked Maryland to its first lead of the game with scores at 16:42 and 15:34 and kicked off a 4-0 run for a 5-2 Terrapin lead.

JMU (5-3) and Maryland exchanged two goals each in the final 11 minutes for a three-goal Terrapin advantage at the break.

The Maryland offense did not stay quiet for long however, outscoring the Dukes 10-1 in the opening 20 minutes of the second stanza. Aust opened the period with a goal six seconds in and following a JMU tally at 21:59, Maryland recorded nine unanswered goals – including a hat trick from Majorana - for a 17-5 lead.

James Madison mustered a 3-0 run to clip the running clock with 1:34 to play but a Taylor Salandra goal with 40 seconds remaining gave Maryland the 18-8 victory.

The Terrapin defense has held four consecutive opponents under nine goals and helped force James Madison into 23 turnovers. Taylor Cummings registered a game-high four draw controls and also added three ground balls.

“We started off the game and the goalie had some great saves and ours shots weren't falling and we were a little frantic in what we were doing,” head coach Cathy Reese said. “Once we were able to take a deep breath and settle down I think we were able to put some opportunities away. We also did a great job re-defending today, all over the field, in the midfield, and were able to cause quite a few turnovers.”

Maryland heads to Towson Tuesday for a game against the Tigers at 7:00 p.m.

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COLLEGE PARK, Md., March 23, 2013 -- Top-ranked Maryland (11-0) remained unbeaten as the Terps downed No. 19 James Madison (5-3) 18-8 in women's lacrosse Saturday afternoon.

JMU scored twice in the opening 5:13, getting a goal 1:07 into the match from sophomore Steph Finley (Media, Pa./Sacred Heart) and a free-position score by sophomore Ali Curwin (Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford Sutherland) to give the Dukes an early 2-0 lead.

The Dukes held the Terps scoreless for nearly 13 minutes. Maryland, which entered the game scoring an average of 2:46 into its first 10 contests, missed the goal with wide shots on the Terps' first two attempts.

JMU sophomore goalkeeper Schylar Healy (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty) saved the next three Maryland shots, and the next Terps attempt hit the post. It wasn't until 12:56 into the match that Kristen Lamon scored off an Alex Aust pass to get Maryland on the scoreboard.

However, Lamon's goal began a string of five straight scores for the Terps to put Maryland up 5-2 on a goal by Taylor Cummings with 12:13 left.

JMU redshirt senior Casey Ancarrow (Jarrettsville, Md./John Carroll) scored off a pass from junior Amy Roguski (Sykesville, Md./Liberty) to cut the lead to 5-3 at 10:56.

Maryland outscored JMU 2-0 in the final 10:21 of the half to take a 7-4 lead into intermission.

After each team scored to open the second half, the Terps scored nine consecutive goals to build a insurmountable 17-5 lead with 9:17 to play.

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