February 17, 2013

Maryland Comes Out With Purpose, Downs Orange

Schwarzmann scores seven goals on eight shots

by Stephen Bailey | LaxMagazine.com | Live Blog Replay

"[The win] just proves that we shouldn't be overlooked," reigning Tewaaraton Award winner Katie Schwarzmann said after a 19-11 win over Syracuse in the Carrier Dome.
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Katie Schwarzmann got the better of Michelle Tumolo once again as No. 4 Maryland upset No. 2 Syracuse 19-11 in the Carrier Dome on Sunday afternoon.

After beating Tumolo out for the Tewaaraton Award last spring and one of the last spots on the U.S. Women's World Cup roster last month, Schwarzmann tallied seven goals on eight shots as the visiting Terrapins blew the Orange away to avenge a 10-9 defeat in College Park, Md., last season.

"[The win] just proves that we shouldn't be overlooked and we're going to come out hard against every team," Schwarzmann said. "It shows that we can compete with these top teams."

Schwarzmann scored five of her goals in that second half to move into fifth-place on the Terrapins' all-time scoring list. Freshman Taylor Cummings added five scores and an impressive showing on draws for Maryland (2-0) as she and Schwarzmann thrived in the Terrapins' motion offense, continually frustrating Syracuse defenders with high screens and backdoor cuts.

Alex Aust finished with four goals and an assist while goaltender Kasey Howard finished with 11 saves, including a few point-blank ones that helped prevent Syracuse (1-1) from coming back.

"It's a great win for our program," Maryland coach Cathy Reese said. "It's certainly very early in the season, but our girls came out and competed hard and that's what our goal was. We wanted to just step on the field, play our game and focus on ourselves."

Tumolo led Syracuse with four goals and two assists. Alyssa Murray scored three while Katie Webster and freshman Kayla Treanor added two each, but it wasn't enough for the Orange, who lost their first home opener since 2004. Alyssa Costantino made seven saves while allowing 11 goals after starting in net for SU. After she gave up three straight scores to start the second half, Kelsey Richardson came on, but stopped just three of 11 Maryland shots in the final 26:37.

"They played very well, they played fearless and they got draws," Syracuse coach Gary Gait said. "We battled back and kept battling back and then it became too much in the second half."

Cummings won the opening draw and raced downfield to score the game's first goal just 11 seconds into regulation. After two Howard saves and bobbled passes from Katie Webster and Amy Cross, the Terrapins scored another unsettled goal. Kelly McPartland found Halle Majorana on the left doorstep, who beat Costantino with 25:54 left in the first half.

Treanor pulled the Orange within one moments later before Aust cranked a sidewinder into the upper-right corner to push the Maryland lead to 3-1 11:19 into regulation. After Webster and Murray goals tied the game, Aust split-dodged Linley Block to recapture the lead for the Terrapins at 4-3 with 14:45 to go in the first half. Tumolo and Schwarzmann exchanged goals before Aust came off a Schwarzmann screen on Bridget Daley, took a pass from Majorana and scored to push the cushion to 6-4.

Then Tumolo and Treanor scored two more tie the game at 6-6, but Schwarzmann and Cummings picked up one each in the final four minutes of the first half to send Maryland into halftime leading 8-6. Seven of the scores came on the right side of the cage, Costantino's off-hand. The Terrapins also won 11 of 15 draws in the first half.

While Reese credited Cummings for her control in the circle, the freshman noted that it was a team effort.

"It was everyone crashing around the circle, coming off the 30," Cummings said. "We emphasized that draw controls were going to be huge in this game. We practiced it a lot and watched film and I think everyone, not just myself, did a really good job in getting the balls in the scrums and we came out with the ball a lot of the time."

Cummings scored in the first minute of the second half before SU's Kailah Kempney mishandled a Murray feed at the other end. After Aust beat Natalie Glanell to make the score 10-6 with 27:30 to go, Iliana Sanza drew a charge on Erica Bodt and Schwarzmann capitalized off a Brooke Griffin pass.

Aust and Schwarzmann answered a pair of Murray goals before Austin found Schwarzmann in transition for her fifth score of the game. The goal extended Maryland's lead to 14-8 with 16:25 left.

From there, Syracuse was unable to string together back-to-back goals as the Terrapins ran away with an early-season upset.

"It was pure joy," Cummings said. "We were really excited. We came up here with a goal to win and we won."

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