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Maryland women’s lacrosse stalls Johns Hopkins, advances to Big Ten final, 14-6.

Early In the second quarter, Abby Bosco won on the draw, leading to a Grace Griffin score. Bosco’s win marked the ninth in a row for Maryland. In that stretch, Maryland went on a 5-0 run that put control in their hands. 

In adverse conditions, Maryland rolled its way into the Big Ten championship game as they handled Johns Hopkins with ease in Piscataway, defeating the Blue Jays, 14-6.

“One of the things we always talked about is that we can’t control the weather,” head coach Cathy Reese said. “It was really cold and pouring down rain, but we found a way to execute and found a way to win.”

Hot starts were huge for the Terps in the regular season. 

Against Johns Hopkins, Maryland was shocked during the opening seconds. After losing the opening draw, it only took the Blue Jays just 21 seconds to open the scoring. 

Shannon Smith provided the immediate response for Maryland, scoring on the very next possession. Smith didn’t take her foot off the gas after her first goal. Three minutes later, Aurora Cordingley found Smith cutting behind multiple Hopkins’ defenders. Smith then buried her second goal of the game.

“It’s just my teammates. They know how to move so well off the ball and just be a threat when they don’t have it in their stick,” Cordingley said.

After both defenses held for six minutes, Johns Hopkins capitalized off a Maryland turnover.

After Cordingley was forced into the crease, the Blue Jays’ offense quickly moved in transition and found Madison McPherson wide open in front of the net. McPherson buried the shot, tying the game at two.

Maryland’s offense was struggling against the Blue Jays’ aggressive defense. Tight coverage and quick double teams caused Maryland to turn it over six times.

“I think we turned it over way too much in this game,” Reese said.

The Terps’ two goals in the first quarter marked the first time they failed to score three in an opening quarter all season.

“We were dropping the ball a little too much,” Cordingley said. “We kind of just knew we had to dial it in.”

Maryland found its fire early in the second.

First, Libby May scored on an off-balance shot. Then, Cordingley added a goal, scoring to extend Maryland’s lead to two. Less than a minute later, Hannah Leubecker found the back of the net two possessions in a row. It took only a minute for Maryland to spark up its 4-0 run. A big part of that came from the draw control. After losing the first, Maryland had won the next nine.

“I think our draw team did amazing today,” Grace Griffin said. “When we can start possession right off the bat, that’s a small win for us…small wins feed into us executing on offense, and controlling the pace of the game.”

A couple of minutes later, Griffin extended the scoring run to five. With 1:27 left in the half, Hopkins’ Maeve Barker finally ended Hopkins’ scoring drought.

At the break, the Terps led 7-3.

“I liked our energy,” Reese said.

Just like she did in the first possession of the game, Abbey Hurlbrink quickly put Johns Hopkins on the board in the third. Griffin and Cordingley each scored their second goals of the day moments later. After giving up one, Maryland got two back in a snap.

Cordingley’s goal helped her eclipse the 100-point mark on the season. 

Two possessions later, Leubecker notched a hat trick, making it a quick 3-0 run. Hopkins got one back, but Maryland held a comfortable five-goal lead heading into the final quarter.

Maryland had a 13-5 advantage in draw controls, which gave the Terps complete control. Griffin scored her third goal of the day on the first possession of the fourth quarter. With 5:34 left, May scored her second, putting a dagger into Johns Hopkins season.

Maryland continued to showcase its offensive abilities in the final minutes as they cruised into a Big Ten Championship game appearance.

Maryland will take on either Northwestern or Rutgers for the Big Ten Championship.

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