Scoring in every single game before yesterday, sophomore midfielder Grace Griffin continued her strong start to the season finishing with a career-high six points, five goals and an assist. Griffin’s career day propelled No. 2 Maryland (5-0) to the 17-9 victory on Long Island.
It was a tale of two halves for the Terps, who dominated in the first half out scoring the Pride 11-4, compared to 6-5 in the second half. Erica Evans got the scoring started for Maryland less than a minute in, similar to the previous game against UMBC. After Evans goal, the Pride bounced back with a 3-2 run tying the score at three led by the duo of Alyssa Parrella and Alexa Mattera.
With Hofstra finding holes in the Maryland defense early, both the Terps defense and offense improved as the half progressed. The Terps scored eight goals in a row, from five different players continuing the theme of offensive balance this season. Meghan Siverson started the run with 21:18 remaining in the first half, and Griffin capped off the eight goal run with 5:40 remaining in the first half.
While the Maryland offense was firing on all cylinders during the run, the Terps defense held the Pride scoreless for nearly 18 minutes. During the run, Maryland’s defense did a good job forcing turnovers not allowing Hofstra’s offense to set up in good positions. Another key theme during the run was Maryland winning draw controls, to create possessions preventing the high-octane Hofstra offense from finding its rhythm.
Despite trailing by seven goals at half, Hofstra continued to fight scoring consecutive goals early to cut the deficit to six. After the Pride seemed to start building some momentum, the Terps bounced back once again putting together a 3-0 run to catapult the lead to nine.
Even though the Maryland offense was clicking, Hofstra’s offense found a rhythm once again scoring three consecutive goals in the second half. A back and forth affair in the second half, freshman Maddie McSally made her first four career saves once again providing a glimpse into the future of Maryland lacrosse.
Overall, the Terps shot 0-7 on free position opportunities something that head coach Cathy Reese has expressed the importance of improving with each game. Despite struggling on those shots, winning 17 draw controls is a positive sign moving forward facing off Syracuse on Saturday.
Hofstra outshot the Terps 35-32 overall, but the Pride mustered 21 shots on goal while the Terps mustered 28. Eighty-eighty percent of shots on net, is also a good sign for Maryland putting shots on net leaving the opportunities for rebounds and forcing the opposing goalie to make a save.
Now Maryland will face off against its third top five opponent in six games, facing off against No. 4 Syracuse on Saturday with first draw scheduled for 12:00 p.m. at Maryland Stadium.
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