Maryland's balanced attack helps Terps stay perfect with win versus Princeton
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- No. 1 Maryland stayed perfect in 2013 with a 15-9 win against 16th-ranked Princeton on Wednesday.
The Terps (15-0, 4-0 ACC) had six different goal scorers on the night, including hat tricks by Alex Aust, Halle Majorana, Katie Schwarzmann and Beth Glaros. Aust added four assists for a game-high seven points.
Maryland jumped out to a 4-0 lead with the help of two goals from Majorana and two assists from Aust. A stout Terrapin defense held Princeton (7-4) off the board until 11 minutes into the game. Maryland answered with three unanswered scores, including two from Brooke Griffin for a 7-1 advantage with 13:32 left in the first half.
Alexandra Bruno cut the Terps' lead to five a minute later, but an Aust free-position goal set the score at 8-2 as the rapid pace of the game slowed for the final eight minutes of play in the half. Schwarzmann scored an unassisted goal with 34 ticks left on the clock to send the game to intermission.
Aust shook a defender on the corner for Maryland's first goal of the second period with 5:21 elapsed. Princeton was able to rebound with its first run of the game with four consecutive goals -- including a pair of free-position tallies -- in a four-minute span to put the score at 10-6.
Beth Glaros cut the Tigers' drive with a score from Aust at 17:57 to cushion Maryland's lead back to five. Following an exchange of goals by both teams, Schwarzmann took a key draw and long-distance assist from Taylor Cummings for a 13-7 lead with 15:50 left.
Following a Princeton free-position goal at 15:30, Maryland weathered a yellow card to Schwarzmann at 11:39 with a critical turnover and tallied the next two goals with less than five minutes remaining. The Terps surrendered one final Tiger score at 2:19 and held on for the win.
Maryland's stellar re-defending effort paid dividends, holding Princeton to a mere nine clears in 14 attempts, including a 3-for-7 mark in the first half. McMunn tallied a game-high nine draw controls as Princeton claimed the category 15-11, but the Terps helped force 16 turnovers while only making four of their own.
"We had such a great win on the weekend and knew we were coming in to play a strong Princeton team that was going to go hard and push us. I was happy with the way we started and the way we came out," head coach Cathy Reese said. "I thought we had a letdown in the second half. We gave up seven goals -- lost the second half 7-6 -- and gave up too many opportunities. We need to do better than that. It was a great first-half effort for us but we gave up too many easy ones in the second."