Junior midfielder Kelly McPartland's three goals and two assists led the way for No. 2 Maryland, which led throughout the second half en route to a 12-10 win over host No. 3 Syracuse in the Carrier Dome on Monday night.
The win marks Maryland's 30th in its past 31 games and the smallest margin of victory this season for the Terps (8-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who had outscored opponents by a combined 78 goals before Monday.
The Orange (6-1, 2-1 ACC) scored first in what would be a back-and-forth first half. Senior attacker Alyssa Murray made it 1-0 less than two minutes into the game.
McPartland helped the Terps respond with two goals in the next 1:44, dishing assists to freshman midfielder Zoe Stukenberg (Mariotts Ridge) and sophomore attacker Halle Majorana to make it 2-1.
The Orange managed to take a 3-2 lead off a shot from senior midfielder Katie Webster with less than 15 minutes remaining. However, that proved to be the Orange's only lead.
The Terps put together a 3-0 run to turn a one-goal deficit into a two-goal lead three minutes after the Orange goal. McPartland, junior midfielder Erin Collins and senior midfielder Beth Glaros (Wilde Lake) contributed goals to the run that helped the Terps take a 6-5 lead into halftime.
Collins and Glaros combined to take eight of the Terps' 24 shots, tallying two goals each.
The Terps came out of the break strong, winning the first four draw controls, which allowed them to increase their lead to 8-6. The visiting team won the draw control battle 15-9.
The Orange, however, responded and cut the deficit again off a free-position goal by sophomore attack Kayla Treanor with just over 22 minutes remaining.
Treanor's goal was one of 13 second-half shots for the Orange, five more than the Terps.
With Maryland up 8-7, Stukenberg and sophomore attacker Taylor Cummings (McDonogh) led another run, as the two recorded back-to-back goals within a 45-second stretch to push the lead to two.
Cummings ranked fifth in the nation before the game with 23 goals, tied with Treanor, who finished with three goals. Cummings leads the team in both goals (24) and assists (11).
Goucher 17, Medaille 1: Eight Gophers (3-3) scored and three recorded at least three goals in Goucher's rout of the visiting Mavericks (0-2).Midfielders Erin Reifsnyder and Rita Meissner scored hat tricks for Goucher, and midfielder Anneke Ossorio added a game-high four goals on 4 of 4 shooting. Denay O'Connor scored Medaille's lone goal.
Stevenson 12, Nazareth 10: The Mustangs (2-4) edged the Golden Flyers (1-1) in Clermont, Fla., weathering three straight Nazareth goals in a three-minute span in the second half to earn the nonconference victory. Midfielder Marissa Meiklejohn scored a game-high four goals for Stevenson, and attacker Leah Warner recorded a hat trick. Tori Wagner and Kathryn Merrick added two goals each. Midfielder Carly Gates scored a hat trick for the Golden Flyers.
No. 12 Denver 15, No. 8 Penn State 11: The Pioneers outscored the Nittany Lions (3-2) 8-4 in the second half to secure the upset at home. Denver (5-2) scored six straight goals in a 12-minute stretch spanning the second and third quarters to take a 9-7 lead. The Pioneers preserved the lead with a three-goal run to close the game after back-and-forth scoring cut the Nitanny Lions' deficit to 12-11. Midfielder Erik Adamson scored a game-high four goals for Denver.
St. Mary's 18, Muhlenberg 6: Senior midfielder Ben Love (McDonogh) contributed a career-high six goals to lead the Seahawks (3-2) to the lopsided victory over the host Mules (1-4) on Sunday. St. Mary's outshot Muhlenberg, 40-35, and converted 5 of 7 extra-man opportunities, including two each in the third and fourth quarters. The Mules held a 33-30 edge on ground balls.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun