Maryland wasn't looking to impress, just escape with everyone healthy.
The Terps inserted everyone in the first half and had eight players score as No. 2 Maryland cruised past UMBC, 11-2, last night before 400 at UMBC Stadium. Maryland played without three starters who were injured over the past two games.
"I don't think we played our best game out here," Maryland coach Cindy Timchal said. "Maybe I should blame the lights or something. We were just happy to come out with a win and not everyone hurt."
Maryland (5-0), which was led by Kelly Amonte's three goals and one assist, dominated possession on offense. Laura Harmon scored two goals and Karen MacCrate added one goal and two assists for the Terps, who have not lost more than three games or ended the season lower than fourth in five years.
UMBC (3-1) was within 4-1 early in the second half, but simply tired out at the end.
The Terps extended their 7-2 lead by scoring the final four goals of the game, and the Retrievers never threated to score in the final 10 minutes. UMBC goalie Dani Fostik kept Maryland from turning the game into a rout early, making 12 saves.
The Terps outran the Retrievers and stifled the UMBC offense that had averaged nearly 13 goals in its first three games by double-teaming the ball handler.
UMBC's lone goal against Terps starting goalkeeper Jamie Brodsky came off a free position shot by Kristen Lewandowski into an open net.
"We wore ourselves out on defense," said UMBC leading scorer Alison Zaetz, who was held scoreless. "We were cutting or moving on offense, and it's because we played so much on defense. I also think we psyched ourselves out."
The Terps bolted to a 2-0 lead six minutes into the game on fast-break goals by Helena Herrmann and Amonte. Maryland worked best when it got to the open field, but struggled in its set offense.
"I think we can outrun any team," said Amonte, who leads the Terps with 19 goals and six assists. "Today I don't think we ran enough. That usually gets us going."
Maryland .. .. .4 .. ..7 ..-- ..11
UMBC .. .. .. ..1 .. ..1 ..-- ...2