Karri Ellen Johnson, Kelly McPartland and Katie Schwarzmann each scored three times in the second half to boost No. 6 Maryland to a 16-10 victory over No. 12 Boston College in an Atlantic Coast Conference game Saturday at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.
Maryland (7-2, 2-1) struggled offensively in the first half as Boston College (4-4, 1-1) was determined to stop the Terrapins from turning the game into a track meet. The Eagles patiently waited for shots in the Maryland end for several minutes at a time, and the Terrapins held just a 5-3 halftime lead.
"We kind of expected that," Maryland coach Cathy Reese said. "It's something we've seen from Boston College over the last year or so. We needed to just take control."
The Terrapins did that in the second half. After Boston College won eight of the nine first-half draws, Reese talked to her team about doing better there. Maryland then won 13 of 19 second-half draws, sped up the pace and took the Eagles out of their game.
Johnson (four goals overall), McPartland (three goals) and Schwarzmann (three goals, two assists) kept causing problems. Maryland had only nine first-half shots but got 20 in the second half, finding scoring chances in bunches.
"That's our style of play," Schwarzmann said. "We like to run and gun. We came out and won those 50-50 balls and we were able to convert on the offensive side."
Boston College had the momentum going into halftime thanks to Mikaela Rix's two goals in the final minute that cut Maryland's lead to 5-3. Rix was the team's leading scorer coming into the game but apparently hurt her right leg while scoring the third goal with four seconds left. She was helped off and never returned.
The Terrapins took over by scoring five of the first six goals in the first 7 minutes, 23 seconds of the second half. Schwarzmann (Century) started things 53 seconds in while Johnson added another goal 70 seconds later. McPartland, Kristy Black and Johnson then scored three times in under two minutes for a 10-4 lead.
Kristin Igoe of Boston College scored all four of her goals in the second half, two of which came during a 3-0 run that cut the Maryland lead to 13-9 with 6:07 left. But McPartland, Johnson and Schwarzmann got goals in just over two minutes for a 16-9 lead with 42 seconds left.
"We definitely turned that around in the second half," McPartland said. "We play much better, I think, at a faster pace."
Boston College coach Bowen Holden said Maryland's success on draw controls in the second half helped turn things around.
"That definitely killed us in the second half," she said. "Maryland is known to score and score in bunches, and they always have an answer for when you score, too. You've got to be able to get two or three draw controls in a row to feel like you're going to get momentum."