March 19, 2014

Terrapins Pounce Early to Top Penn, 15-5

by Justin Feil | | Twitter

In-Game Blog Replay


PHILADELPHIA - While plenty of Maryland students headed south for spring break, Beth Glaros and the No. 2 women's lacrosse team went just a little north to gloomy Philadelphia.

Glaros scored three goals to pace a balanced Maryland offense that brightened the night with a 15-5 win at No. 6 University of Pennsylvania in miserable 40-degree cold rain that soaked players and coaches to the core.

"It wasn't so bad," Glaros said. "It got a little cold there for a second."

That's when Glaros and the Maryland starters were standing on the sidelines for the final 15 minutes of action after their work was done.

"As our season progresses, our team chemistry is really starting to come together," Glaros said. "We all know what we play like on the field so we adapt to each others' playing styles. I think that's really helped us."

Glaros, Taylor Cummings, Kelly McPartland and Zoe Stuckenberg scored two goals apiece in the first half as Maryland (10-0) jumped out to a 9-2 lead. It was a familiar start for Maryland, which had outscored opponents, 71-27, through the first nine games of the season. After building a 9-1 lead in the first 16:06 of the game, Penn (4-2) held Maryland off the board the remainder of the half though Maryland won all but one first-half draw.

"We came out really strong," Glaros said. "We were winning a lot of the draws. Taylor Cummings did a really good job on that all day. And our offense was executing and connecting, which was good.

"I think we came out really hard and then we started getting complacent because we had that lead. And Penn, credit them, they're an aggressive team and they played really well and kept us intact for the second part of the first half. So then the second half we tried to come out hard and did a better job of it."

Brooke Griffin, who had the Terrapins' other first-half goal, scored her second of the game to open the second half. Bryn Boucher scored Maryland's final three goals of the game. McPartland had all three of Maryland's assists.

"All season we've been very balanced on attack," Glaros said. "I think that's makes us really special – that anyone can go to goal and score. It doesn't have to be just one person."

Glaros had her big day against Duke earlier in the season with a career-high six goals, and it's been other player's days in other games.

"We had one game where Brooke had seven," said Maryland head coach Cathy Reese. "And Kelly McPartland had four in a game. It's people being dangerous in any given situation and if you find yourself with a good look, let's set her up and let's look to score. Beth was dodging hard and finding openings in that game in the same way she has in a lot of our other games.

"Some days, it's going to be one person puts in a few more than the other. That's a great thing about our offense. It doesn't matter who it is. Somebody is ready to step up."

Griffin scored 14 seconds into the Penn game and Maryland was off and running. Glaros scored the next two goals. She is the only returning senior starter for Maryland.

"There's not that senior leadership that we had last year, but I think the younger players we have are stepping into that role," Glaros said. "We're all leaders on the field, no matter what grade."

Glaros is one of five Maryland players with more than 20 points already through 10 games. She is also among team leaders in draw controls with 22 and has caused five turnovers.

"She's had to step up in the midfield with the loss of Katie Schwarzmann," Reese said. "She's on the draw circle for us. She's just had to step up in the midfield in our transition game a lot, just take over moving the ball from one end to the other.

"We're playing five midfielders right now, and we've got a couple that can sit back and rest. I think it's helped that she can sit back at times and rest for the next run. She's done a nice job for us in our transition game. She's gotten it from one to the other. And she's done her job on the draw circle. And on offense, she's a threat when she looks to go to goal."

Overlooked is a defense that has developed nicely in front of freshman goalie Abbey Clipp, who made six saves in the win over Penn.

"Today, we held Penn to five goals. It was good for us," Reese said. "Abbey has been playing great. She's been making some great saves. And our defenders, Megan Douty, Alice Mercer, Casey Pepperman, they're stepping up and starting to learn what each other can do well and they're just playing together better and better as we go through the season. There are definitely still some holes that we need to continue to address.

"This team has been really fun because we keep getting better," she added. "We get better every day. We've come a long way since our first game of the season."

Tory Bensen and Lely DeSimone had two goals apiece for Penn, which fell to 4-2. Carly Churchill made three saves in relief of Lucy Ferguson, who also made three saves but couldn't make up for a fast start by Maryland.

It's been a fast start overall for the Terrapins. Ten games into the season, Maryland is playing the way it wants to and getting the results.

"We just need to keep doing what we've been doing," Glaros said. "I think each game we get a little bit better and everything is falling into place."

Even the weather is shaping up. When Maryland plays at James Madison University on Saturday, it's supposed to be 64 degrees with some sun.

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