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No. 2 Maryland dominates Rutgers in historic day for the program

Ever since head coach Cathy Reese has taken over at Maryland (12-0, 3-0 B1G), she has had unprecedented success and Saturday was no different with yet another dominating victory 20-3 over Rutgers (5-7, 0-3 B1G). However, today’s victory was a historic one for Reese who ties Cindy Timchal as the winningest head coach in program history with 260 wins.

Entering this game, Reese talked about the importance of limiting turnovers, which the Terps excelled at finishing with eight turnovers compared to 17 in their last game. From start to finish, Maryland played with the consistency that Reese and the rest of the coaching staff have been searching for.

20 goals scored by 13 different players are both season highs for Maryland. Junior attacker Kali Hartshorn continued to dominate in the draw circle, however, today was extra special matching up against her sister Marin Hartshorn of Rutgers. Hartshorn won seven of the ten draw controls, she took against her sister.

The first half, Maryland out scored Rutgers 11-1, showcasing their dominance both on offense and defense. Junior attacker Brindi Griffin scored a first half hat-trick for the Terps, her first of the season picking up right where she left off against No. 14 Princeton. Griffin got the Terps started shaking her defender from behind the cage and finishing patiently past goalie Kameron Halsall. On two of her three first half goals, Griffin demonstrated her lethal dodging ability and quick first step that often leaves her defenders in limbo.

Less than two minutes later, senior attacker Caroline Steele scored her first goal of the game returning from injury, scoring off a broken play to give Maryland the early 2-0 lead. Taralyn Naslonski the Big Ten’s leading scorer opened the scoring for Rutgers, finishing a perfectly placed low-angle sidearm shot past senior goalie Megan Taylor one of few open opportunities for the Scarlet Knights.

After cutting the deficit in half, the Scarlet Knights could not generate anything offensively ending the first-half on a 25 minute drought. Taylor had six saves in the first half, most of the shots coming at the end of the shot clock with Rutgers unable to find open space due to the suffocating Terps defense. Each of Maryland’s defenders and midfielders were winning their one-on-one matchups, making it difficult for the Scarlet Knights to generate anything offensively.

Maryland continued to display its offensive balance in the first half, with eight different goal scorers on 11 first half goals. The Terps off-ball movement mixed with their effective dodging led to consistent open opportunities in the first half. The final 15 minutes of the first half, Maryland outscored Rutgers 7-0, with senior Jen Giles getting the scoring run started. Giles showcased her quick first step, finding the seam in the Scarlet Knight defense on consecutive goals.

Grace Griffin, Meghan Siverson and Catie May scored the final three goals of the first half closing out a dominant 30 minutes for the Terps. The dominance on both ends of the field continued into the second half with Maryland out scoring Rutgers 7-2. However, much of the second half dominance came from Maryland’s second unit and players who don’t necessarily receive the same recognition as the starters.

Five reserves for Maryland scored a goal representing both the depth and potential for the future that Reese has to choose from. The freshman trio of attacker Julia Hoffman, midfielder Hannah Glaros and midfielder Darby Welsh combined for six points.

Senior attacker Kelsey Cummings and sophomore midfielder Kyle Davis also both contributed offensively finishing with three goals. The reserves continued the same things that allowed Maryland to have great success in the first half, no stagnation on offense everyone moved around with a purpose.

Maryland will now travel to Charlottesville taking on No. 7 Virginia (9-4, 1-4 ACC) in its eighth ranked matchup of the season, Wednesday with first draw scheduled for 7:00.