COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Down 4-0 early, the No. 1 seeded Maryland women’s lacrosse team outscored Stony Brook 17-4 in the rest of the game to win 17-8 and advance to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the 13th straight season.
“Incredibly proud of our group of players today,” said head coach Cathy Reese. “It was a crazy game, we got off to a really slow start but happy with the way we were able to respond, both on the draw and on offense by being really patient and finishing our opportunities. Huge credit to our defense for figuring things out and settling in too.”
Maryland finished the first half on a 9-2 run, led by seven points (five goals, two assists) from graduate student Erica Evans. Senior Caroline Steele had four points in the first half with two goals and two assists and stated the scoring on a free position attempt. Down 6-3 with 18:27 left in the first half, Maryland rattled off eight straight goals to go up 11-6 at halftime. Senior Jen Giles started the run off an Evans assist before sophomore Grace Griffin put two in a row home off assists from Steele and Evans to tie the game at six. Steele gave Maryland the lead on free position before Evans came through with four-straight on her own, one on free position, one unassisted and two off feeds from G. Griffin and B. Griffin.
From their last goal in the first half with 18:27 left to their first in the second half with 26:32 left, Maryland held Stony Brook scoreless for 22 minutes. The Terps caused 13 of Stony Brook’s 17 turnovers, led by three from senior Julia Braig. Giles, redshirt junior Meghan Doherty and junior Lizzie Colson all caused two.
Colson was also huge for the Terps on the draw, tallying nine of Maryland’s 13. Stony Brook started off with a 6-1 advantage on the draw before Maryland won 12 of the next 20 to help them take control of the game. Senior Megan Taylor and Doherty each had three groundballs as the Terps won that category, 18-11.
Taylor was great in goal in the second half, only allowing two goals and making five saves, a .714 percentage. This is the 14th game this season Taylor and the Maryland defense have held their opponent under 10 goals.
Steele tied the career-high she set last week with three assists, while totaling six points. G. Griffin had four points (three goals, one assist) and Giles also had a hat-trick.
Today’s win marks the Terps 86th-straight win at home and 72nd all-time NCAA Tournament win. Maryland will look to advance to their 11th-straight Final Four on Saturday as the Terps host Denver. The time of the game will be announced in the upcoming days.