It was a busy weekend. Give me time to breathe - WLAX, Softball, Baseball, Wrestling, Gymnastics, and a mention of Men's LAX

After opening the season with a 20-7 rout of the Richmond Spiders last Sunday, the number 4 ranked Terrapin women’s lacrosse team traveled to Syracuse to face off against the second ranked Orange in an early season test. The game started auspiciously for Maryland as freshman midfielder Taylor Cummings controlled the opening draw and scored just 11 seconds in. After Kasey Howard’s second save, Iliana Sanza picked up the ground ball and successfully cleared for the Terps who capital;ized on the opportunity as freshman Halle Majorana scored off an assist from Kelly McPartland to give Maryland a 2-0 edge. Syracuse halved the lead at the 19:53 mark after the Terps failed to score on back to back shot attempts but McPartland pushed the margin back to two on a free position shot Maryland drew another foul on Syracuse but Cummings’s free position shot hit the post and Syracuse capitalized quickly to narrow the gap to 3-2. After controlling the draw, Syracuse scored to draw even with 15:56 remaining. Reigning Tewaaraton Trophy winner Katie Schwarzmann controlled the next draw for Maryland and drew a foul that led to a goal by Alex Aust and a 4-3 Terrapin lead. A Terp turnover led to an Orange goal that tied the score but Schwarzmann again controlled the draw scoring on her own just 14 seconds later to give the lead back to Maryland. Next up it was time for Beth Glaros to control a draw that led to another goal from Aust to put the Terps back up by two. The Orange would battle back after two missed Terrapin attempts and would score on each opportunity to once again knot the score at six all. Though Syracuse controlled the next draw, Maryland forced a turnover and Sanza picked up the ground ball and fed it to Aust who assisted on another Schwarzmann goal. A McPartland draw control led to a score by Cummings as the Terps took an 8-6 lead into the break. The Terps had solid control of the first half outshooting Syracuse 19-14, winning 11 draws to 4 and earning 3 free position shots to none for the Orange.

The Terps opened the second half in similar fashion to the first with a Taylor Cummings goal – this one coming off McPartland’s draw control. Alex Aust scored her third goal of the game after a Syracuse turnover stretching the margin to 10-6. A Syracuse foul on the ensuing draw led to a successful Terrapin clear and to Schwarzmann’s third goal of the game and a five goal Maryland lead. Syracuse called time out and changed their goalie. The strategy appeared to work as they controlled the draw and scored to pull within four. Schwarzmann had her shot off her draw control blocked but Maryland picked up the ground ball. Taylor Cummings’s shot hit the post but Aust was on the spot and found the back of the net off the rebound for her fourth goal of the game as the Terps led 12-7 with 24:13 remaining. Syracuse scored their first free position goal of the game but the Terps again had the answer in the person of Katie Schwarzmann who blasted in her fourth of the game. Schwarzmann would score again after Sanza forced a turnover and McPartland picked up the ground ball. Following another Orange turnover with Beth Glaros grabbing the ground ball, Cummings scored her fourth of the game and the Terrapin lead stretched to seven 15-8 at the media time out. Syracuse controlled the next draw and capitalized to cut the lead back to six but again the Terps had an answer. Bryn Boucher, another freshman scored off an assist by Beth Glaros and Maryland again led by seven. Another free position goal by Syracuse drew them with in six with 12:36 to play. The scoring slowed until Schwarzmann notched her sixth goal of the game with 7:51 remaining. She’d rack up number seven with 5:16 to go off an assist from McPartland on a free position shot. With just under 4 minutes remaining, Syracuse scored to cut the lead to 18-11. As she had done to open the game, Taylor Cummings controlled the draw but Maryland was content to kill the clock until a Syracuse foul with seconds remaining allowed Taylor Cummings to bracket the second half as she had the first notching her fifth goal and giving the Terps a convincing 19-11 win. In addition to the scoreboard, Maryland won in every significant statistic. Individually, Katie Schwarzmann led the Terps with seven goals followed by Taylor Cummings who scored five. Kasey Howard finished the day with 11 saves. The Terps have the week off before facing off against Duke on Sunday the 24th at 1:00 pm at the Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex.

The Maryland softball team saw its first action of the season this weekend taking three out of four in a tournament in Boca Raton. The Terps opened and closed the weekend with wins over LIU Brooklyn beating the Blackbirds 5-3 on Friday with Freshman Maddie Martin taking the win in her first college start and then routing LIU 18-1 on Sunday with Martin again recording the win.

The Terrapins split their games on Saturday. They opened the day by crushing UMass 16-8 before falling to 14th ranked Michigan 10-2. Kaitlyn Schmeiser recorded her first win of the season in the early game while Martin suffered her firs collegiate loss in the nightcap. Maryland had balanced scoring with senior utility player Melissa Mancuso leading the way with 5 RBI. Sophomore catcher Shannon Bustillos, junior first baseman Mandy Gardner, and senior utility player Nikki Maier each had 4 RBI and 4 other Terps had three. The Terps travel to Palm Springs for games Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

On the mat, the Terps wrestling team traveled to Columbia, Missouri where they split two matches in the NCWA regionals on Sunday. Maryland dropped its opener falling 27-13 to the sixth ranked host Missouri Tigers but bounced back in the afternoon to take down 20th ranked Wyoming 20-12. The Terps will be back in College Park to host local rival George Mason Thursday night.

On a mat of another kind, the 18th ranked Terrapins gymnastics squad hosted it annual Pink Meet at Comcast Center facing off against West Virginia and Rutgers. The Terps won top team honors with a score of 196.175 besting the second place Mountaineers by .40. Maryland’s depth proved to be the difference as WVU won the individual All-Around, Vault and Uneven Bars while the Terps took the top two spots on the Balance Beam and the top three in floor exercise. Next up, the Terps host Bridgeport, Pitt, and George Washington on Friday night.

I can’t close this without mentioning that the Men’s Lacrosse team has opened the season with two lopsided victories – crushing Mt. Saint Mary’s 23-6 in their home opener on Tuesday before traveling to West Harford to rout the Hawks 16-4. Early on the Terps goal scoring leaders are senior midfielder Kevin Cooper and senior attack Owen Blye with 6 goals each. It’s worth noting that 5 of Blye’s goals came in the game at Hartford. Maryland travels up the road to Baltimore to take on the Loyola Greyhounds on Saturday in a rematch of last May’s NCAA title game. Face-off is scheduled for 1:30.

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