No. 3 Maryland Handles No. 7 Notre Dame for 9-0 Season Start

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Brooke Griffin tallied seven points to lead No. 3 Maryland to a 16-10 win against new conference foe No. 7 Notre Dame Saturday at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.

Griffin notched four goals and three assists as Maryland (9-0, 3-0 ACC) held its ninth opponent to 10 or fewer goals in 2014. Taylor Cummings posted four goals and Kelly McPartland recorded a hat trick to aid the Terrapin attack. Cummings added a pair of assists to move her team-leading point total to 41.

Notre Dame (6-3, 1-3 ACC) landed on the scoreboard first with an early tally 39 seconds into the game. Maryland answered with a trio of goals by Beth Glaros, Cummings and Griffin for a 3-1 lead 25:58.

Both teams exchanged shots for more than 10 minutes before the Irish tallied their second goal of the game with about 15 minutes to play in the first half and registered their third three minutes later to knot the match at 3-3.

The Terps utilized the final nine minutes of the first stanza to take control of the game offensively, outscoring Notre Dame 6-1 to post a decisive 9-4 advantage at the half. Griffin and McPartland each recorded two goals in the integral scoring stretch while Zoe Stukenberg and Kristen Lamon both added one.

Maryland continued its domination on the draw in the second period and capped the game with a significant 22-5 advantage in the category on the day. The Terps opened up the stanza with a pair of goals by Cummings and Glaros to stretch the lead to 11-4 before Notre Dame's Kiera McMullan nailed a free position to halt Maryland's 5-0 run with 26:32 remaining.

The two teams – who met for the first time Saturday – exchanged goals in-and-around the 16-minute mark for a 13-6 score midway through the second half. McPartland capped her hat trick with a goal at 11:32 to extend the Terps' cushion to eight but ND notched two scores on an unassisted score and a free position for a 14-8 score with 7:12 remaining.

Stukenberg and Cummings accounted for Maryland's final two goals as the Terps regained their eight-goal lead but a pair of last-minute tallies by the Irish closed the scoring at 16-10.

Erin Collins was spectacular on the draw, posting a career-high nine. Cummings added four draw controls and a team-high four ground balls. Abbey Clipp recorded 10 saves in the cage.

“Notre Dame is a really strong team so this is a great win for us against a top-10 ranked ACC opponent,” head coach Cathy Reese said. “It's nice to be back home as well after being on the road a couple of weeks and I thought we also had a great crowd, which was great to see.”

Maryland seeks its 10th win of the year when it hits the road for a game at Penn Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Rachel Sexton netted a hat trick for the second straight game, but it wouldn't be enough for No. 7 Notre Dame, as the Fighting Irish (6-3, 1-3 ACC) fell, 16-10, to No. 3 Maryland (9-0, 3-0) on Saturday afternoon in College Park.

Eight different Notre Dame players would score a goal in the contest. Senior Margaret Smith ended up having another robust stat line in the defensive midfield for Notre Dame, gaining five ground balls, causing three turnovers and controlling two draws. Stephanie Peragallo also caused a trio of turnovers. The Irish won the ground ball battle 25-20 but extra possessions would hurt the team on Saturday as Maryland controlled 22 draws to Notre Dame's five.

"We're really excited to learn from this game," Notre Dame head coach Christine Halfpenny said. "It was just a couple of things here and there – a couple of tightened up slides, a couple of tightened up offensive sets - and we're more excited. The elephant in the room is draw controls. We have to credit Maryland for being able to win 22 out of 27 draws. Even with the 22-5 landslide in draw controls, we are really excited for the 10 caused turnovers that we were able to get and scoring double digits.

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