The news from the second half of today’s quadruple header is better than the first as the softball team bounced back to take the second game of Wednesday’s double header beating the George Mason Patriots by a score of 4-3 while the top ranked women’s lacrosse team ran their record to a perfect 15-0 with a 15-9 thrashing of the sixteenth ranked Princeton Tigers.
The Terps got on the board first in the nightcap scoring in the top of the second to take a 1-0 lead. Candice Beards led off the inning with a walk but was forced at second on Lexi Carroll’s attempted sacrifice bunt. Carroll stole second and moved up to third on a ground out. Juli Strange reached on a ground ball to first that wasn’t fielded cleanly and Carroll scored on the miscue. Bridget Hawvermale, starting for only the third time this season reached on an infield single but the Terps could do no further damage. Maryland doubled the lead to 2-0 in the third. Sara Acosta led off the inning with a single but was forced at second on Lindsey Schmeiser’s grounder to short. Shannon Bustillos drew a walk putting runners on first and second with one out. However, Schmeiser was thrown out at third trying to move up on a wild pitch. Bustillos took second on the play and scored on Beards’s double to right center. Mason got one run back in the bottom of the inning scoring off occasional starter Lexi Carroll. The Terps pushed across two more in the top of the fifth. Acosta opened the inning with a bunt single. Schmeiser drew a walk and both runners moved up on Bustillos’s sacrifice bunt. The suddenly hot hitting Beards drove a single to right driving in Acosta and Schmeiser. Mason kept things close by matching the Maryland with two runs in their half of the fifth but after yielding the double that allowed two runs to score, Maddie Martin, who had come on in relief of Carroll after she walked the first two batters in the inning, settled in and held the Patriots scoreless the rest of the way. The Terps record stands at 21-21 and they continue on the road with a weekend series at Georgia Tech.
In the last game of the evening, the Princeton Tigers came to College Park to face off against the Maryland women’s lacrosse team. The Terps more or less cruised to a 15-9 victory in a game in which they never trailed. Beth Glaros controlled the opening draw for Maryland and it too the Terps only 41 seconds to get off their first shot. Princeton’s goalie, who had a strong night in the net, corralled Kelly McPartland’s high drive from the right side. Princeton moved quickly onto the counter attack and ran a crossing play that they would use effectively at various times during the game by Maryland goalie Kasey Howard was up to the task blocking the point blank range shot. The Terps cleared and attacked aggressively but the Tigers goalie again came up with the save on a shot by the Terrapins leading scorer, Alex Aust. Princeton was unable to clear the ball and off the turnover, Aust found freshman Halle Majorana for the first score as the Terps ran double cutters across the crease. After Taylor Cummings controlled the draw, Aust again had her shot blocked but Brooke Griffin picked up the ground ball and Aust hit a cutting Katie Schwarzmann and Maryland had a 2-0 lead. Majorana’s secondgoal of the night, this one coming off an assist from Kirsten Lamon from behind the net put the Terps up 4-3. After a bit of sloppy play by both teams, junior Beth Glaros made a strong one on one move and found the net just inside the left post. Princeton got on the board after their goalie intercepted an attempted crossing pass and they capitalized on the Terrapin miscue. Reigning WomensLax rookie of the week, defender Alice Mercer, caused a turnover on the Tigers next possession, picked up the ground ball and raced it down the field before getting it to Aust who found Brook Griffin for the score and a 5-1 Maryland lead. With just under 15 minutes to go in the half, Cummings decide it was time to join the scoring parade and with a strong one on one move ripped the net from the right. The Terps needed only 37 seconds to open the lead to six goals as Erin Collins controlled the draw and passed ahead to Majorana, whowas fouled as she came in from the left. Rather than taking the free position she passed the ball to Griffin who netted the point blank shot for the score. Princeton controlled the next draw and worked the ball for a score to cut into the Maryland lead but the Terps would score the last two goals of the half, the first coming on a free position shot from Aust and the second from Schwarzmann who made a strong dodge from the left and netted the goal with just 34 second left in the half. The Terrapin halftime margin stood at 9-2.
The second half stared slowly with the Tigers, who had played an aggressive physical first half, playing an even more physical style in the second. Though the Terps had two good opportunities to score early, they failed to capitalize on either. The first came on a free position chance where the Terps tried to run a play similar to Griffin’s first half goal but Princeton’s goalie was better prepared and made the save. She made another save as Cummings made a strong attack from the top but perhaps shot from a step too far out. The Terps finally broke through at the 24:39 mark when Aust came from behind the net to score on a strong right handed shot. Holding a 10-2 lead, Maryland seemed to relax a bit. The visitors began controlling draws and scored four goals in succession - two of which came on free position chances - to draw within four at 10-6. After a time out, the Terps needed just 30 seconds to score as Cummings controlled the draw and passed it quickly to Glaros who flipped the ball to Aust. Aust gave it back to Glaros on the lacrosse equivalent of a give and go and the Terps again led by five. The Tigers scored to come within four again and controlled the subsequent draw. But an unforced turnover and a successful Terrapin clear led to Griffin finding a cutting Glaros who notched her third goal of the night. Cummings again successfully controlled the draw and her pass to Schwarzmann led to another Maryland goal just 11 seconds later. Princeton scored on another free position chance to cut Maryland’s lead to 13-8 with 15:30 remaining in the game. With 11:39 to go Katie Schwarzmann picked up the only yellow card of the night The Terps forced a quick turnover and were content to kill off the two minute penalty while controlling the ball and shortening the game. With just under five minutes to go, Majorana joined Schwarzmann and Griffin with hat tricks scoring her third off an assist from Erin Collins. Aust scored an unassisted goal a minute or so later making a dodge from the left giving the Terps a 15-8 lead as well as quadruple hat tricks on the night of the quadruple header. The tigers scored with just over two minutes left to make the final margin six but they continued their harassing physical play drawing their 25th foul with only thirteen seconds to go even as Maryland tried to run out the clock. The parade of teams from the Ivy League continues son Sunday as the Big Green of Dartmouth come to College Park for a noon senior day face off. The Terps will salute the seven members of this year’s senior class – Alex Aust, Melissa Diepold, Camilla Hayes, Kasey Howard, Kristen McAfee, Iliana Sanza, and Katie Schwarzmann – in a pre-game ceremony.
Todd Carton (AKA FHFAN)