Cummings, McPartland Lift No. 3 Maryland Past Richmond

COLLEGE PARK, Md. A total of five players tallied at least two goals Sunday as the No. 3 Maryland women's lacrosse team downed Richmond 15-5 in its home opener at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.

The Terps (2-0) were led by four-goal performances from sophomore Taylor Cummings and junior Kelly McPartland. Freshman Zoe Stukenberg added a hat trick and Beth Glaros and Halle Majorana chipped in with two goals each. Maryland's defense held its second straight opponent to five or fewer goals after defeating UMBC 14-3 Friday.

Maryland got its offense started early, racking up a 9-1 advantage through 30 minutes of play. The Terps' first four goals of the game all came via different players as McPartland, Cummings, Glaros and Majorana all found the back of the net for a 4-0 cushion a mere 10 minutes into the contest.

Maryland did not surrender a goal until Anna Jeszeck scored off a free position attempt with 1:19 remaining in the period. The Spiders were limited to six shots in the stanza while committing eight turnovers.

The Terps utilized their bench in the second half as a total of 21 reserves saw action on the day. Goals by Glaros, Stukenberg and McPartland provided Maryland with a 12-1 lead with 21:44 to play before Richmond tacked on a pair of goals in-and-around the 17-minute mark.

Three straight scores by Maryland including free positions by Cummings and McPartland got the clock running again with 15 minutes remaining. Richmond picked up the final two goals of the game.

Defensively, Megan Douty, Alice Mercer and Casey Pepperman recorded two caused turnovers apiece. Mercer, who was key on several fast-break transition goals for the Terps, also added four ground balls.

"One of our goals today was to come out and try to control the game from the start and look to attack more," head coach Cathy Reese said. "I thought our offense did a better job in the first half of attacking and going to goal and that's really what we were striving for."

Maryland will play its third game in six days when it welcomes Boston University for a midweek match on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. Admission is free.

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- After missing out on Friday's home contest with Duke due to weather issues, Richmond Spiders took a 15-5 loss in its first road contest of the season, at No. 3 Maryland Sunday. Five different Spiders scored one goal each as Richmond is now 1-1 on the season. Maryland started off 2-0 as only five Terps scored goals, with each Maryland goal scorer logging at least two scores. Maryland is ranked third in the latest IWLCA Monday poll and second in the LaxPower Forum Poll.

Despite an even count on draw controls (13 for each team), the Terps scored the first eight goals of the game through 24 minutes of play. Richmond's first goal came with 1:19 on the clock in the opening half when junior Anna Jeszeck (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) scored on a free position shot late in the half.

The Spiders scored four of the last seven goals of the game. Jeszeck also recorded the lone assist in the game for the Spiders when she found junior Emily Doyle (Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J.) near the midway point of the second half. Doyle and Jeszeck are the team's leaders in goal scoring through the first two contests, with four goals each.

The Spiders got the first goal of the season from sophomore Brooke Wilson (Ijamsville, Md.) when she scored on the second free position shot of the game for Richmond.

The Spiders played two goalies in the contest, with sophomore Michaela Amyong (Northport, N.Y.) getting her first action of the season in the game. She made a pair of saves in the second half of the contest. The loss went to Emily Boyce (Middletown, Md.), who allowed 10 goals with two saves in the opening half. She is 1-1 on the season.

Richmond will remain on the road for the next three games, with the next match-up at sixth-ranked Virginia on Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. in Charlottesville. The women return home Tuesday, March 11 against 11th ranked Notre Dame with opening draw at 3:00 p.m.

Notes: Nine different players have score for the Spiders this season ... Richmond's top five goal scorers are all scoring on better than half of their shot attempts this season.


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