The Boston University women’s lacrosse team took on its second ranked opponent in as many games Wednesday afternoon when it traveled to College Park, Md., to take on No. 2/3 University of Maryland. BU was overwhelmed by the offensive strength of the Terrapins and fell by a score of 18-8.
“We had a good game plan going in,” said BU coach Liz Robertshaw. “I don’t know if we necessarily executed to the best of our ability. I give credit to Maryland. They brought their game, they were very aggressive, and they got us back on our field which is something that we didn’t want to be on. We wanted to be aggressive, we wanted to be attacking, and they jumped on us early.”
Maryland (3-0) jumped out of the gate early, as attack Brooke Griffin started the game on a tear. She notched two goals and an assist to help the Terrapins jump out to a 3-0 lead just 3:20 into the first half.
A minute after a third goal, the Terriers (0-2) responded with a tally from senior attack Elizabeth Morse off an assist from attack Mallory Collins.
However, the Terrapins could not be stopped on the offensive end. In the ensuing minutes, Maryland reeled off six goals, capped off by a score from midfielder Zoe Stukenberg with 17:06 left in the first frame.
With Maryland’s goal count climbing, the Terrapins remained on the attack, looking to build up an insurmountable lead.
The Terrapins would score twice more before the end of the half, first at the 9:40 mark by midfielder Taylor Cummings, and the second coming from midfielder Kelly McPartland.
Toward the end of the first half of play, however, BU breathed some life. Senior midfielder Sydney Godett notched two goals before the half came to a close, the first at the 5:04 mark and the second with just 32 seconds remaining on the clock.
“I thought we ended the half really well,” Robertshaw said. “The ball movement started to pick up and we found Sydney in all the right places.”
To start the second half, the Terrapins got back on the roll they had in the opening frame, starting the half with six-straight goals, capped off by a score from attack Taylor Salandra at the 20:45 mark.
A little more than three minutes after the Salandra goal, the Terriers answered back with a goal of their own from junior attack Kelsey Marafioti to make the score 17-4. Moments later, as midfielder Morgan Torggler tallied Maryland’s final goal with 16:20 to go in the contest.
Trailing by 12, the Terriers looked to make a comeback attempt, finishing the game with four unanswered goals. The last one came at the2:40 mark off the stick of freshman attack Taylor Hardison, making it her second mark of the day. The four goals were not enough, though, and BU succumbed to the high-powered Maryland offense by a score of 18-8.
Griffin, who tallied four goals and two assists for the Terrapins, and Cummings who also notched four goals and added an assist of her own, led the way for the dominant Maryland attack.
After the game, Robertshaw said the strategy of the team may change to look to get the first win of the 2014 season.
“We have to watch the film and see what’s going on,” Robertshaw said. “They’re might be some adjustments to be made personnel wise. From a game plan perspective, we got a lot off attack, we did some great things. So we need to throw the book away. We have to use what we’re doing and if it’s working, and I think some things are. Defensively, we do have to make some changes, but overall, I believe in our unit.”