Up until Wednesday, the talented freshman class for Maryland (4-0) had amounted very little playing time through the first three games. However, Wednesday was a much different story, as seven freshman scored goals for the Terps including six consecutive goals at one point in the second half. The dominant performance on both ends of the field propelled Maryland over UMBC (2-2) 18-1.
“All together we saw really positive things from everyone that played,” head coach Cathy Reese said. “No matter what combination of people we had in there tonight, I thought they did a great job.”
Overall, the Maryland offense was firing on all cylinders with nine different players scoring a goal. The duo of graduate transfer Erica Evans and freshman attacker Julia Hoffman each registering a hat trick- the first time for both in a Terps uniform. Improved shooting efficiency was vital for Maryland, scoring on 67 percent of its shots, the highest efficiency this season.
“It was exciting to get a [hat trick] and it was a great team win as well,” Evans said.
“Our teammates had a lot of great assists today, everybody was looking for the open assist and the cutter,” Hoffman said.
UMBC never led, with Maryland scoring the first four goals of the game jumping out to a 4-0 lead in the first 15 minutes. Sophomore midfielder Grace Griffin got the scoring started for the Terps, rifling a lefty shot post senior goalie Carly Tolino- the first of 35 shots she would face on the day. Evans scored two of her three goals during the run, converting on a free position shot and a man up opportunity.
After the Retrievers answered back, Maryland closed out the half scoring five consecutive goals to take a commanding 9-1 halftime lead. With 10:39 remaining in the first half, freshman midfielder Hannah Glaros finished the in tight shot on the feed from Evans for her first career goal.
Leading by eight goals at halftime, head coach Cathy Reese decided to give the freshman their first extensive playing time of the season and it paid off. Freshman goalie Maddie McSally played a majority of the second half, not facing a single shot on net.
Hoffman got the six goal streak by freshman started cutting across crease on the feed at x from sophomore attacker Catie May the first of three goals in the half.
“Julia is an excellent attacker she’s got a real quick first step and she’s a good dodger,” Reese said. “It was nice to get her out there and get her in.”
Glaros and Hoffman each netted their second goal of the game before fellow freshman midfielder Darby Welsh got in on the action. Welsh used her speed to dodge around the Retriver defense and finish from in tight, with a stick fake to confuse Tolino. After facilitating to several teammates throughout the second half, May showed her scoring knack with 1:49 remaining beating Tolino.
While the Maryland offense could do no wrong, the Maryland defense stifled the Retrievers when the opportunities were there. UMBC finished the game with only eight shots, struggling to mount anything offensively against the veteran Maryland defense. Senior goalie Megan Taylor continued her strong play finishing with five saves, doing a good job when tested.
“The reason we held them to one goal is because the defense was doing their job, our slides were in the right spot,” Reese said.
The Terps will now travel to Long Island on Saturday, facing off against Hofstra (4-1) with first draw scheduled for 12:00 p.m.
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