Preview: No. 2 Maryland women’s lacrosse clashes with Duke in NCAA rematch

By: James Consoli

Following a devastating 13-12 season ending loss to Duke in the NCAA Tournament last year, the Terps have the chance to turn the tables this time around.

This year, the Terps finished their regular season with a record of 15-1 and won the Big Ten Tournament, en route to securing the No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament and a rematch with the Blue Devils.

Maryland has some new leaders in this year’s edition of the matchup.

Aurora Cordingley, a Johns Hopkins transfer, leads the Terps in goals, notching 62 in total. 

“It’s all my teammates setting me up and making me look good on the field,” Cordingley said, earlier in the season.

She also frequently highlights her teammates. With 49 assists, Cordingley ranks in the top four women’s lacrosse players in total points on the season.

On the defensive end, the lineup has defended with a success rate that enabled the Terps to have won nine in a row in dominant fashion. Since their only loss of the season to James Madison, the Terps haven’t won by less than five goals in any game.

Contrastingly, six out of nine teams have scored double digits on the Blue Devils’ in their last nine games, resulting in a mere 11 point surplus; meanwhile the Terps have outscored opponents by 75 points in their last nine games.

Emily Sterling, Maryland’s starting goalkeeper, has been remarkable for the Terps. She has the highest save percentage in women’s lacrosse, saving over 50% of opposing shots on-cage. 

While Sterling has been recognized for her performance, earning Big Ten Goaltender of the Year and First Team All-Big Ten honors, she still credits her teammates for her and the team’s successes.

“They make my job so easy…everything that I’ve been able to accomplish is not without my defense whatsoever,” said Sterling. “When we play together as a unit, we’re amazing and unstoppable.”

Coach Cathy Reese recently collected her 300th win in the program’s history, and confirmed that the Terps’ teamwork and companionship are the reasons for their success.

“They all feed off of each other…this group’s really just proud of each other and excited for what’s ahead, and everybody’s role matters,” Reese said. “We can accomplish anything we want to when we come together.”