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Maryland women's lacrosse dominates Georgetown, 18-8

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The Terrapins played 60 minutes, but the game was over after the first 14.

Noah Niederhoffer

Maryland women's lacrosse came out and scored just 50 seconds into their game against Georgetown. Then the Terrapins scored another goal, and another, and another, and another. Bryn Boucher, Caroline Steele, Zoe Stukenberg, Taylor Hensh and Jen Giles all scored in the first five minutes of the game.

The Terrapins didn't let up. 10 minutes in, it was 6-0. 15 minutes in, it was 10-0, and the running clock started. The score was 14-2 at halftime.

"We came out really strong today. Really proud of our team's effort. We saw a lot of good things from this group," said head coach Cathy Reese after the game.

Colleen Lovett was able to stop the running clock with 9:14 left in the game, but while Georgetown managed to score six goals in the second half, the Hoyas never seriously threatened the Terps. Maryland was able to push the lead back to double digits with goals from Kacie Longo and Megan Whittle.

This kind of dominance is both a boon and a bane for Maryland.

Reese said, "We came out on fire. That was one of the best halves of lacrosse I've seen in a really long time. The challenge with that is making sure you don't take your foot off the gas. There's a tendency to become a little complacent."

Reese continued, "In the second half, we saw some things we need to work on...Defensively, we got back-doored a little too much. We got caught ball-watching. We need to remain consistent no matter what the score is...For us it's a lesson. As a coach, you gotta keep finding these things to work on."

Maryland won the draw control battle, 20-8, and outshot the Hoyas by a 2-1 margin, 34-17.

Caroline Steele, Megan Whittle and Zoe Stukenberg all registered hat tricks for the Terrapins, who shot 18-31 in the game. Two-time defending Tewaaraton Award winner Taylor Cummings scored Maryland's 14th goal, and that was her lone goal of the game. She also had six draw controls, three assists and caused two turnovers.

Zoe Stukenberg had a monster game with three goals and two assists. "It was exciting to have everything click [in the first half]...That is exactly the type of offense that we want to have. That is kind of going to be our bread and butter this year. We have seven threats on the field and we have more threats on the bench that are going to produce for us."

Maryland has a week to get ready to take on No. 2 UNC in Chapel Hill in what might be the best rivalry in women's college lacrosse. These two teams have combined to win each of the last three national championships. UNC beat the then-undefeated Terps in triple overtime for the title in 2013, and Maryland beat UNC in a historic, come from behind victory to win their second consecutive national championship last season.

Reese summed up the season to this point by saying, "We're two games in, lot of season left to go, lot to work on."