UMBC Lacrosse Drops Season Opener to No. 2 Maryland

BALTIMORE – UMBC opened up a two-goal lead in the opening half versus No. 2 Maryland, but the Terrapins took over in the second period en route to a 14-3 victory in the season-opener for both squads on Friday afternoon at UMBC Stadium.

Retriever captains Abby Wilson (Bel Air, Md./Fallston) and Ali Carpenter (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) helped UMBC to take a two goal lead 4:54 into the contest, both registering unassisted scores. However, Maryland scored four straight goals to close out the first half, including a pair of scores in the final 1:02 of the period, to take a 4-2 advantage into the break. UMD Sophomore midfielder Taylor Cummings tallied two of her four goals and added one assist during the opening stanza, with both goals coming on free position attempts.

Maryland opened the game up in the second half, holding a 10-2 advantage in draw controls and a 25-4 shot differential. The Terrapins scored 10 straight in the second period, before the Retrievers' freshman attacker Mackenzie Reese (Bel Air, Md./John Carroll School) punched home a pass from Wilson with 4:47 remaining.

Cummings finished the contest with five points, five draw controls and three caused turnovers, while freshman midfielder Zoe Stukenberg added four goals.

Both squads used a pair of goalkeepers in the match-up, Maryland's red-shirt junior Abbey Clipp picked up the win with two saves, while UMBC's Anna Barnett (Midland, Texas/Midland) made one stop in the loss.

UMBC falls for the second time in the last six years in its season-opener, while Maryland is victorious for the 23rd time in its last 24 games.

The Retrievers return to action on Wednesday, Feb. 19 when they travel to local-rival Towson. Game time is set for 4:00 p.m. at Johnny Unitas Stadium.

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CATONSVILLE, Md. – After surrendering the first two goals of the game, the No. 2 Maryland women's lacrosse team turned up the heat with a crushing 14-0 run en route to a 14-3 win at UMBC on a snow-framed field Friday afternoon.

The Terps (1-0) captured the season-opening victory much in part to the success of several young players including freshman Zoe Stukenberg and sophomore Taylor Cummings. The tandem combined for eight of Maryland's 14 goals on the day.

After a rocky start, including two UMBC goals in the first five minutes of play, Maryland settled in with three free position goals – two by Cummings, one by Kristen Lamon – to take the lead with one minute to play in the first half. Brooke Griffin kept that momentum going into the half with a score off an assist by Cummings with one second remaining for a 4-2 Terrapin advantage at the break.

Maryland's second-half rally was fueled by its domination at the draw, winning the period's first nine draw controls. A mere 1:04 into the second stanza, Cummings once again found the back of the net and kicked off a 10-goal scoring spree in the period which included one additional goal by Cummings, four by Stukenberg, and one apiece from Griffin, Beth Glaros, Kelly McPartland and freshman Deb Milani.

A stingy Maryland defense wouldn't allow another Retriever score for nearly 50 minutes until UMBC landed on the scoreboard with a goal from Sam Nolan with about five minutes to play to shrink the Terps' lead to 11 where it would stay for the remainder of the contest.

“It was great to get out today and get the season started,” head coach Cathy Reese said. “I thought once we were able to shake off some of the rust and settle into our offense, we were able to do some really good things, especially in the second half.”

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