The No. 4 Maryland women's lacrosse team held host Hofstra scoreless in the second half en route to an 11-4 win Sunday afternoon.
The Terps (5-1) were led in scoring by Katie Schwarzmann (Century), who had a hat trick for the second consecutive game. Karri Ellen Johnson (Broadneck) and Alex Aust tacked on two goals each. Melissa Diepold (Perry Hall) led the defense with a game-high four ground balls.
Maryland outscored the Pride 7-4 in the first half with three goals from Schwarzmann. A stellar defensive effort silenced the Hofstra attack in the second half. Maryland outshot the Pride 33-17.
"We really stepped up today defensively against a tough Hofstra team," coach Cathy Reese said.
Terps goalie Brittany Dipper recorded a season-high nine saves against the Pride (2-3). Iliana Sanza (St.Paul's) led Maryland with three draw controls. Kristy Black and Schwarzmann tacked on two assists apiece.
Molly Fernandez led Penn State with four goals and an assist.
Ohio State's Alayna Markwordt (Glenelg) finished with a team-high three points off one goal and two assists, while Kirsten Donahue scored two goals.
No. 1 Virginia 14, No. 14 Syracuse 10: Colin Briggs scored three goals and assisted on another, and Steele Stanwick (Loyola) finished with a goal and two assists to lead the host Cavaliers past the Orange.
"We seemed like a team that was very tight in the first half," Virginia coach Dom Starsia said. "I always thought we were playing hard, but we turned the ball over so much and had some unforced errors in the second quarter. Syracuse was good enough to turn those into goals against us.
"Even though we faced off well throughout the game, when we turned the ball over they created problems for us. The message was just relax a little bit and get after this. I even think on defense we were very quiet in the first half, we let them run on the top of us with no help — a little lack of communication right there. I think we got better across the board in the second half."
Virginia struck first with back-to-back goals by Matt White and Ryan Tucker, assisted by Matt Kugler. The 2-0 advantage didn't last long as Syracuse went on a 6-1 run, including five goals in a row, to take a 6-3 lead. Tim Desko started the run with two goals in a row, and Matt Pratt finished it at 5:27 in the second quarter.
Briggs scored his second goal of the game on an assist from Stanwick 48 seconds before the break. After halftime the Cavaliers scored four more goals in a row to take an 8-6 lead. Chris Bocklet capped the run after picking up a ground ball in the crease and shoveling it past Syracuse goalie Matthew Lerman with 7:50 left in the third quarter.
Virginia held drastic advantages in faceoffs and ground balls. Ryan Benincasa had a career night, winning 20 of 28 faceoffs, and the Cavaliers doubled up Syracuse on ground balls 42-21.
"They had been facing off at about 65 percent," said Starsia. "For us to dominate the ball, especially in the second half when we needed to get back in the game, certainly had a lot to do with it."Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun