The No 3. Orange Women hosted No. 1 Maryland Saturday in the Carrier Dome. The visiting Terapins led most of the game, and would end up winning 14-9 at the final whistle.
Maryland started fast, netting the first three goals. The team’s scoring was led by Taylor Hensh, who came off the bench to produce four goals and one assist. Two-time Tewaaraton Award winner Taylor Cummings was second on the Terps’ scoring list with a hat trick and third was Jen Giles who added two goals. A lull in the first half kept both teams from scoring for over 15 minutes. The Terps led Syracuse 6-5 at the half. Maryland went on an 8-1 run in the second half over the course of 17 and a half minutes. The Terps capitalized on seven of 11 free positions.
“That’s the number one team in the country,” Syracuse Coach Gary Gait said. “They came in and gave us more than we could handle today. Every time we rallied they would rally back. I think their experience came through there in the second half.”
Syracuse’s scoring was led by Kayla Treanor with a hat trick, followed by Halle Majorana who added two goals and two assists. The Orange led twice for a combined total of one minute and 34 seconds. The Orange only capitalized on one of six free positions.
Syracuse turned the ball over 18 times, which Coach Gait say was a key factor in the loss.
“I think we had untimely turnovers,” Gait said. “We were doing some things we don’t normally do on the offensive end of the field in terms of quality of our shots, eight meter selection and things like that. I think the team understands how they played today. It wasn’t their best game.”
Maryland’s defense was stingy holding Syracuse’s high-powered offense to only nine goals on 20 shots. The Terps caused ten turnovers and picked up 21 ground balls. Maryland’s defense was anchored by freshman goalkeeper Megan Taylor. Taylor made seven saves of 16 shots on goal.
“I thought we played well defensively especially in the second half,” Maryland Coach Kathy Reese said. “Our freshman goalie, Megan Taylor, her first time she’s seeing some of these offensive players like Halle and Kayla and I thought she did a nice job anchoring our defense. This is a tough place to play and she did a really good just stepping up to the plate.”
Allie Murray played in goal for the Orange, saving seven of 21 shots on goal. Syracuse tallied 12 caused turnovers and picked up 19 ground balls. The Orange committed 44 fouls against the Terps. Both teams cleared successfully 13 of 17 times.
Cummings proved to be Treanor’s biggest competitor on the draw circle thus far, but the Orange still won in draw controls; 14-11.
With the win, Maryland improves to 5-0 on the season while Syracuse falls to 6-2. Syracuse plays next at Harvard on March 16.