SYRACUSE, N.Y. – No. 4 Maryland picked up its first marquee win of the season with a 19-11 victory at No. 2 Syracuse at the Carrier Dome on Sunday.
Katie Schwarzmann scored a career-high seven goals to lead Maryland (2-0) to another dominant offensive performance. Freshman Taylor Cummings added five goals and a game-high six draw controls. Alex Aust boasted her second four-goal showing of the year as the Terps have been averaging 19.5 goals per game through the first two contests of the 2013 campaign.
The youngest Terps helped Maryland pick up an early two-goal lead as Cummings and Halle Majorana both scored in the opening five minutes. It took Syracuse (1-1) more than 10 minutes to notch its first goal of the game — a Kayla Treanor score — at 19:53.
Kelly McPartland pushed the lead back to two before a pair of Syracuse goals at 16:43 and 15:56 tied the game up at three. Aust and All-American Michelle Tumolo exchanged scores before goals by Schwarzmann and Aust gave the Terps a 6-4 padding.
Two more Orange scores by Tumolo and Treanor knotted the game at six but Schwarzmann and Cummings notched goals in the three-minute mark to give Maryland an 8-6 advantage at the half.
Maryland set the tone early in the second half, scoring three goals in the opening four minutes of the stanza. Alyssa Murray stopped the run at 26:01 but Maryland outscored Syracuse 4-1 the next 10 minutes for a decisive 15-8 lead.
The Terps continued to meticulously keep Syracuse on its heels, gaining a 4-2 advantage down the stretch, including two goals from Schwarzmann, to clinch the Terps’ second win of the year.
“This was a great game for the sport of lacrosse,” head coach Cathy Reese said. “I think you saw two teams competing extremely hard for 60 minutes. I liked the composure and fight our team showed this early in the season and I thought we did a great job of staying aggressive the entire game.”
Schwarzmann totaled five goals in the second half alone and is now fifth all-time in goals at Maryland with 180. Defensively, Iliana Sanza drew a pair of charges and added four ground balls. Kasey Howard had a career-best 11 saves in her second start in the cage.
Sunday’s win avenged a one-goal loss at home last season which snapped a 36-game home winning streak.