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Maryland Athletics | May 20, 2017

Maryland mounts comeback to advance to semifinals

  Maryland had to dig down deep in the second half to avoid a big quarterfinal upset.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Taylor Hensh scored with 2:14 remaining to give the Terps their first lead of the day as the No. 1 Maryland women's lacrosse team (21-0) came from behind to beat No. 4 Stony Brook (20-2) 13-12 in the NCAA quarterfinals Saturday afternoon.

“Credit to Stony Brook, they had a great season and came out and played very well today,” head coach Cathy Reese said. “I'm proud of the way this team grouped together and fought their way back to win today.”

Maryland advances to its ninth straight semifinals. The senior class went 46-0 in College Park in their four years as Terps.

Senior midfielder Zoe Stukenberg led the Terps with five points (3G, 2A) while sophomore midfielder Jen Giles (2G, 2A) and Hensh (3G, 1A) had four.

The Seawolves went up 1-0 at 26:37 before pushing the lead to 5-1 10 minutes later. The Terps rattled off three straight goals from Brindi Griffin, Kali Hartshorn and Stukenberg to cut the lead to 6-5. After another Stony Brook goal, Stukenberg scored as the clock expired as Maryland went into halftime down one, 7-6.

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Stony Brook started the second half with a 4-1 run to push its lead to 11-7. Hensh scored two of the next three goals off Giles assists and Giles posted one as the Terps pulled back within one, 11-10. After one more Seawolves goal, Giles scored once and Hensh assisted on a Caroline Steele goal to tie the game 12-12. Hensh scored the game-winner at 2:14 and Maryland won the next draw to hold onto the 13-12 win.

Hartshorn led the Terrapins to a 19-7 advantage in draw controls, including a game-high six to herself.

Sophomore goalie Megan Taylor finished with seven saves. Steele led Maryland with three ground balls.

The top-seeded Terps will face either fourth-seeded Penn State or fifth-seeded Princeton in the NCAA semifinal at Gillette Stadium next Friday.

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