Facing off against ranked opponents is nothing new for No. 2 Maryland (10-0, 1-0 B1G) defeating its sixth ranked opponent of the season No. 7 James Madison (7-3) 18-5. Holding a five-goal lead at halftime, the Terps poured it on in the second half outscoring the Dukes 10-1.
Maryland once again scored at least 10 goals, something they have done in each game so far this season. Offensive balance once again came to the forefront for Maryland. Nine different players scored a goal led by midfielder Jen Giles who had four.
In addition to Giles, both Kali Hartshorn and Grace Griffin registered hat-tricks. Another positive trend that continued for Maryland was shooting efficiency, the Terps converted four of their six free position opportunities. Overall, the Terps scored on 69 percent of their shots on net.
Knowing what a challenge the defending champs would bring, Maryland started out strong jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the first seven minutes. Off-ball cuts near the crease worked early with Evans and Griffin both finishing from in-tight. Soon after, Giles followed up scoring from a near impossible angle rifling a shot past Dukes goalie Molly Dougherty.
Winning at the draw circle was key for Maryland in the first half, creating possessions and not allowing the high-octane James Madison offense to get going. However, when the Dukes did get offensive opportunities early they converted.
Both Maddie McDaniel and Halle Duenkel scored getting the Dukes on the board, but Maryland’s overpowering offense proved to be too much. After Daria Lucchesi cut the Terps lead to 6-3, the Terps locked in and closed the final nine minutes of the first half on a 3-0 run. Both Griffins helped the Terps at the end of the first half, Brindi Griffin absolutely rifled a free-position-shot top shelf past Dougherty and soon after Grace Griffin scored her third goal of the first half.
Making some halftime adjustments, the Dukes defense came out strong in the second half holding the Terps scoreless for the first 11 minutes. While the Terps offense struggled to get things going, Megan Taylor and the Terps defense allowed only goal during that stretch maintaining a five-goal lead.
However, after the drought Maryland opened the floodgates scoring nine goals in the final 18 minutes of the game. Quick passing and great-off ball movement allowed the Terps to regain their success from early in the first half.
Hartshorn and Giles were the catalysts of the Maryland run down the stretch scoring five of the final nine goals of the game. Both Hartshorn and Giles demonstrated their balance of finesse and strength dodging around the Dukes defense and rifling perfectly placed shots into the back of the net.
Leading by more than 10 goals, head coach Cathy Reese allowed the reserves to get some meaningful game action. Freshman Julia Hoffman continued to demonstrate her immense potential scoring her fifth goal of the season, while sophomore Kylie Davis scored her first goal of the season.
Maryland will host another ranked opponent on Wednesday No. 10 Princeton who is coming off a loss against Brown, first draw is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
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