Cummings, McPartland, Defense Carry No. 3 Terps by Hofstra

Hempstead, N.Y. -- Maryland's Taylor Cummings and Kelly McPartland both netted hat tricks, as Hofstra fell to the No. 3 Terps, 14-3, in a non-conference match-up on Tuesday evening at James M. Shuart Stadium.

Junior attacker Brittain Altomare scored her fifth goal of the season to tie the score at 1 almost 18 minutes into the contest. Maryland then scored the next six goals as Hofstra saw its two-game winning streak snapped in dropping to 2-2. Zoe Stuckenberg, Brooke Griffin and Jen Mendez all scored two goals for the Terps (5-0), who have won five straight ACC titles and have made five consecutive NCAA Final Four appearances.

Hofstra goalie Kelsey Gregerson set a season high with 10 saves. The junior netminder finished one save shy of her career high which was set last season at Ohio State. Sophomore midfielder Becky Conto and senior attacker Lindsay McKinnon also added goals for the Pride.

Cummings netted a hat trick in the opening half and compiled four assists for a seven-point night. McPartland also registered two assists for a five-point game for the Terps.

Maryland raced to a 4-1 halftime edge and then took a commanding lead early in the second half as the Terps scored three goals in the opening three minutes to take a 7-1 lead. Cummings assisted on the first two scoring strikes of the second half from Stuckenberg and McPartland.

Conto scored a goal with Hofstra down a player with 25:03 remaining that made it 7-2. Conto scored for the second straight game after first finding the net this season in the previous contest at Colgate.

Griffin put Maryland ahead for good with back-to-back goals. McKinnon scored a goal from the right wing to mark Hofstra's third goal. The Terps responded with two goals in 12 seconds. Maryland scored the game's last five goals.

A low-scoring opening to the game featured just one goal through the first 15 minutes when Cummings scored almost five minutes in to give the Terps an early lead. Gregerson was sharp early on to keep the deficit to one as she stopped five of the first six Maryland shots-on-goal.

Altomare supported that effort in net by scoring a head-on, close-range goal for the tying score with 12:05 left in the opening half. Altomare is tied with Sam Lenox for the Hofstra lead with five goals.

Maryland responded with two goals in less than two minutes and three straight goals to close the half as the Terps took a 4-1 halftime edge. Cummings and McPartland scored 1:11 apart to break the deadlock. With 2:52 left, Cummings made it a three-goal game when she dodged two defenders and bounced a shot against a triple team for a 4-1 Maryland advantage.

Gregerson made six saves in the first half as Maryland tied its lowest goal total in a half this season. The Terps were last held to only four goals in a period in the first half against UMBC on Feb. 14.

Hofstra will return to action on Saturday with a 3:00 p.m. match-up against Central Connecticut from James M. Shuart Stadium. The contest will be part of a doubleheader with Hofstra facing Georgetown at noon.

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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. Sophomore Taylor Cummings recorded seven points as the No. 2 Maryland lacrosse team moved to 5-0 in 2014 with a 14-3 victory at Hofstra Tuesday night.

Cummings, who leads the Terps with 23 points this season, recorded three goals and four assists while a staunch defensive effort held a fifth-straight opponent to eight or fewer goals. Maryland (5-0) also picked up strong offensive performances from Kelly McPartland (3g, 2a) and Jen Mendez, Zoe Stukenberg and reigning ACC Co-Offensive Player of the Week Brooke Griffin, who each added two goals.

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