March 26, 2013

Top-Ranked Terp Women Grind Out Win at Towson

from press release

TOWSON, Md. - Katie Schwarzmann recorded a game-high five goals to lead the No. 1 Maryland women's lacrosse team to an 11-8 victory at Towson Tuesday.

Schwarzmann became only the fourth player in the storied program's history to record 200 goals with her second tally of the night. Maryland (12-0, 3-0 ACC) also picked up scoring from Kelly McPartland, who notched a hat trick, and one goal each from Brooke Griffin, Halle Majorana and Jen Mendez.

After a sluggish first half in which the Terps held on to a season-low one-goal cushion at the break, the squad turned on the gas in its re-defending effort in the second period, wreaking havoc for Towson in the clear and jump-starting its offense.

With a 6-5 advantage through 30 minutes - led by four points on two goals and two assists from Schwarzmann - the Terps rolled off the first five goals in the second half and held Towson scoreless for nearly 16 minutes to take control of the contest.

Schwarzmann racked up three goals in the first nine minutes of the second stanza to give Maryland a 9-5 lead and scores from Mendez and McPartland pushed the advantage to six before three consecutive Towson goals to cap the game sealed the scoring at 11-8, giving Maryland its seventh road win of the year.

Maryland was a stellar 16-for-17 on clear attempts compared to Towson's 15-for-21 mark. Schwarzmann was a master of the two-way role securing two caused turnovers and seven ground balls in addition to her work offensively. Taylor Cummings boasted six draw controls.

"Credit to Towson, I thought they came out extremely hard," head coach Cathy Reese said. "I thought we lacked helping each other defensively early and were not as sharp as we'd like to be in our shooting, but we'll work on it and get ready for Penn Saturday which is an always an exciting game."


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