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Maryland women’s lacrosse beats William and Mary, 13-3, in season opener

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The Terps cruised to their first win of the season.

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Maryland’s women’s lacrosse breezed past William and Mary, 13-3, to start its season with an easy win Saturday. After the Tribe scored their second goal, the Terps scored 10 unanswered in a 47-minute span.

After an inconsistent start, the Terps got into a groove in the middle of the first half. Maryland outshot William and Mary 35-21, and 21-11 in shots on goal. They also won the turnover battle by a comfortable margin, causing six more and surrendering nine fewer turnovers than the Tribe.

Maryland’s defense was dominant on the day, as the Terps only allowed 11 shots on goal, nine of which came in the first half. After the score was tied 10 minutes into the game, Maryland took advantage of its opportunities and halted almost all of William and Mary’s chances, outscoring the Tribe by 10 in that span.

Ten different players scored for Maryland, including three freshman. Top recruits Lizzie Colson, Hannah Warner and Kali Hartshorn each notched the first goals of their careers. Kacie Longo, Jen Giles and Caroline Wannen scored a pair of goals each.

Last year’s top goal scorer Megan Whittle got her first score of the season, as did Taylor Hensh, Zoe Stukenberg and Caroline Steele. Maryland goalkeeper Megan Taylor was strong all game, as she stopped eight of the Tribe’s 11 shots on goal.

Maryland didn’t dominate in exactly everything, but was close to doing so. Both teams committed 21 fouls and the Terps only controlled two more draws and collected three more ground balls than the tribe.

The one player who gave the Terps trouble was Lindsey Jenks. The senior tallied two goals and led the Tribe in draw controls.

Maryland next takes the field Saturday at Georgetown.