No. 1 Maryland Bolts to Early Lead, Holds on to Defeat Penn

COLLEGE PARK, Md. Seniors Alex Aust and Katie Schwarzmann combined for nine goals as the No. 1 Maryland women's lacrosse team stayed perfect in 2013 with a 15-10 victory against Penn Saturday.

Aust notched a game-high six goals and one assist to lead Maryland (13-0, 3-0 ACC) as it kicked off a four-game homestand. Schwarzmann netted a hat trick and added three draw controls and three ground balls. Kelly McPartland and Beth Glaros pitched in with two goals apiece.

The Terps were able to bolster 10-5 advantage at the half, courtesy of a massive draw control edge. Maryland won the category 12-3 through the first 30 minutes and was able to control possession for the vast majority of the stanza.

Maryland's attack put together two separate scoring runs in the first half a 4-0 drive to start the game and five unanswered goals in a three minute period in-and-around the seven minute mark led by Aust, who recorded four goals in the period. The Quakers capped the half with three goals, including one at the buzzer.

Penn gained some ground early in the second period with improvement on the draw and cut the Terps' lead to four with 18:55 left, but Aust tacked on two additional goals and the Quakers would get no closer.

Taylor Cummings led the Terps in draw controls with six. Maryland shot nearly .500 sticking 15 of 31 attempts on the day.

I thought we had moments where we did a little better defensively but now we need to work to have more consistency with what we are doing and we need to get to the full 60 minutes of it, head coach Cathy Reese said. I give a lot of credit to Penn. Those girls came out fighting. When they were driving, they were driving super hard to goal, and it was hard for us to stop.

Maryland is set for a key conference battle next Saturday against North Carolina at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. After struggling to find firm footing to start its game at No. 1 Maryland, Penn came back to make it a game in an eventual 15-10 loss to the nation's top team.

The Terps bounced out to a 4-0 lead before the game was seven minutes old, and used a 5-0 run in the second third of the opening half to build a 10-2 lead. From that point on, though, the Quakers outscored the Terrapins, 8-5, and showed they are ready to compete with the nation's top clubs.

Freshman Iris Williamson again scored four goals for the Quakers, making it three out of Penn's last four games where the rookie scored four times. Maddie Poplawski and Courtney Tomchik each added two goals for the Red and Blue.

The Terps won the first four draws of the game, and scored on each possession, keeping the run of play in Penn's defensive half of the field for the first 6:41. Lucy Ferguson came up with a stop on Maryland's sixth shot, giving Penn a chance to run its first offensive look of the game. Williamson had the first chance, a saved opportunity, but after the Quakers forced a turnover, she was good on her second chance to score Penn's first goal of the game at the 9:22 mark.

After Williamson scored again with 15:13 to play in the first half, the Terps went on their big 5-0 run. The streak was ended by a Shannon Mangini goal with 2:47 to play in the opening period. That goal was the first of four in a row for the Quakers, bringing Penn back within four at 10-6 with 26:49 to play in the game. Two of those goals came 31 seconds apart Tomchik scoring with 32 seconds left in the first half and Poplawski beating the buzzer with a goal at the 29:59 mark to close the half.

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