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No. 2 Maryland roars back in the second half to defeat No. 24 Georgetown

For the second consecutive game, No. 2 Maryland (16-0, 5-0 B1G) got out to an early deficit but used a dominant second half to rout Georgetown 17-8. While the score indicates a rout, the Terps outscored the Hoyas 13-0 in the second half, after being outplayed on both ends of the field in the first half.

Junior midfielder Kali Hartshorn led Maryland in the draw circle with 12 draw controls and propelled the Terps to the 21-6 advantage overall. Hartshorn’s success in the draw circle allowed the Terps to continue generating possessions, particularly in the second half when Maryland stormed back.

The first 10 minutes of the game, Georgetown controlled the tempo jumping out to an early 4-1 lead putting the Terps in a three-goal deficit early for the second consecutive game. The Hoyas first four goals were scored by four different players, taking a page out of Maryland’s playbook displaying offensive balance. Michaela Bruno, Morgan Ryan Liza Liotta and Taylor Gebhardt all put shots past Megan Taylor.

Midfielder Erica Evans and attacker Brindi Griffin each scored a goal for the Terps cutting the Hoyas led to just one, starting to build some momentum on offense. After Maryland seemed to regain momentum, Georgetown scored four of the next five goals extending its lead to four once again. While showcasing her scoring touch early, Gebhardt showed her ability to facilitate and find her teammates getting an assist on two of the Hoyas final three goals.

The Terps offense struggled to generate consistent offense in the first half, unable to solve the Hoyas zone. Not too many teams have employed a zone against Maryland this season, which is something they adjusted to in the second half. The second half was a complete flip of the script for Maryland, scoring 13 goals attacking with reckless abandon and constant off-ball movement. In addition to Maryland’s offensive success, the defense clamped up in the second half allowing Georgetown just four shots on net and very little space to maneuver and make decisions.

Senior midfielder Meghan Siverson got things started for Maryland in the second half rifling the free position shot past Hoyas’ goalie Haelle Chomo. After a four-minute scoring drought, the Terps opened up the floodgates scoring four goals in less than three minutes to retake the lead 9-8. Senior Jen Giles scored consecutive goals for Maryland cutting the deficit to one.

First, Giles rifled a free position shot into the back of the net and soon followed up taking the feed from Hartshorn and adjusting her stick angle to create a better shot opportunity. Giles scored five goals on the night and continues to lead the Maryland offense extending her team-leading goal total to 47.

Seeing Giles’ success, Evans and sophomore midfielder Grace Griffin joined the fray scoring consecutive goals continuing a strong stretch of games for the duo. After taking their first lead of the game, the Terps did not look back piling on eight more goals to close out the game.

The consistent theme throughout Maryland’s second-half run was catching the Hoyas defense out of position and forcing them to foul. Although Georgetown had limited possessions in the second half, the Terps defense forced several shot clock violations making key halftime adjustments to stifle the high-octane Hoya offense.

Ultimately six different Terps scored a goal, including Evans who finished with four and both Griffins registered hat-tricks. Now Maryland will look to build on their dominant second half with 10 days to prepare for in-state rival Johns Hopkins. The Terps will look to avoid a slow start against the Blue Jays, in one of the greatest rivalries in collegiate lacrosse.