The Lady Terps played terrific offense, and even better defense, on the way to steamrolling the Stony Brook Seawolves and earning their 20th consecutive victory to start the season.
Redshirt Sophomore Brooke Griffin was the star on offense, scoring 4 of Maryland’s 11 goals. The Lady Terps’ Tewaaraton finalists pitched in on offense as well, with Alex Aust scoring two goals and assisting on two more, and Katie Schwarzmann adding a goal and an assist of her own.
Senior Iliana Sanza led the defense with three caused turnovers and three ground balls, helping the Terps hold Stony Brook to a season-low 3 goals in the game.
Duke will visit Maryland’s Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex for the second time this season when the two teams meet in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals Saturday at noon. Maryland won the first match, 15-6 back in February.
After losing four games in the regular season, including a three-game losing streak from March 28 through April 12, and losing to Virginia in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals, Duke had to play in the first round of the NCAA Tournament while Maryland enjoyed a bye to the second round. It took two overtimes for them to get past Princeton, but they enjoyed an easier victory against Navy in the second round.
Duke was once a powerhouse in women’s lacrosse, but Maryland and North Carolina have taken over the ACC in recent years. Still, they are a competitive bunch and will not make it easy for Maryland to advance to the semifinals in Villanova, PA next Friday, where the winner will face either Florida or Syracuse.
On the topic of North Carolina, they also face an ACC rival, Virginia, in their quarterfinal of the NCAA Tournament. The winner of their match will face Penn State or Northwester, who has won the last two national titles and seven of the last eight.
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