Women's Sunday Wrap: Terps Open with Win
Two-time Tewaaraton winner Taylor Cummings opened her senior season with a typical all-around dominating performance as No.1 Maryland downed William & Mary 19-7 in a game that was delayed a day due to frigid temperatures in the region. Cummings had four goals, two assists, five caused turnovers and four ground balls for the Terps.
“I’m glad we had the chance to play today,” said Maryland head coach. “It was great to go out and compete, and William & Mary challenged us hard. I definitely think we saw some good things, but there’s definitely room to improve.”
Maryland’s other offensive stars also showed up in a big way. Zoe Stukenberg had four goals and an assist and Megan Whittle had three goals. Two players making their first career starts – junior Caroline Wannen (1g, 3a) and freshman Caroline Steel (2g) – also keyed the offense.
After falling behind 6-1 early, William & Mary battled to cut the lead to 7-4 with 11:39 remaining in the opening half, but the Terps then closed the half with five straight goals. Cummings scored three of those goals and Stukenberg netted the other two.
Shannon Quinn led William & Mary with three goals.
McCool, Hendrick Lead No. 2 Heels
Marie McCool scored a career-high five goals and Molly Hendrick had four goals as No. 2North Carolina (3-0) beat San Diego State, 20-7, in women’s lacrosse on Sunday afternoon at a cold Fetzer Field.
The Tar Heels tied a school record by attempting 52 shots, out-shooting the Aztecs (0-2) by a 52-14 margin. Carolina also took 52 shots on March 16, 1997, vs. Lehigh.
Hendrick scored four goals for the third game in a row in her return from ACL surgery that forced her to miss the second half of last season. McCool got her five goals on eight shots while also collecting four ground balls and three caused turnovers.
“It was a good team effort today,” said Tar Heel head coach Jenny Levy after the game. “I thought we did a great job, it was great to get everybody on the field playing. The focuses of the week were draw controls, ground balls and playing well together in clearing the ball. I thought all of that got better throughout this weekend, so we’re happy with what we accomplished.”
The Aztecs got two goals and an assist from Kristen Hickey.
Treanor’s Record-Setting Day Leads Syracuse
Senior All-American Kayla Treanor set a Syracuse record with 19 draw controls and added four goals as No. 3 Syracuse blitzed No. 17 Loyola 17-6. Halle Majorana added five goals for the Orange, playing the first of two games on the day. Syracuse will meet Binghamton tonight at 7:30.
Syracuse led just 5-3 12 minutes into the game, but then scored the game’s next nine goals, spanning into the second half. Loyola went almost 30 minutes without a goal. Sabrina Tabasso led Loyola with two goals.
VCU Wins in Program’s First Game
Molly Barcikowski had five goals and three assists as Virginia Commonwealth downed Gardner-Webb 21-9 to record a victory in the first game in school history.
"It was awesome seeing the whole community come together, both the school and the city of Richmond, to support our team. There were so many people here today who wanted to come out to see what lacrosse was and I think we gave them a good showing", said Barcikowski following the win.
"I am so proud of our girls", said VCU head coach Jen O'Brien. "We've said it from the beginning they've put in so much work. They've waited so long to play a game. I'm just so happy for them to finally be able to play and enjoy this game with all of the support that they have."
VCU’s roster includes 22 freshmen and one senior.
Other women’s games from Sunday:
• Rachael McKinnon had four goals and Christa Reese as Denver bounced back from Friday’s loss to Colorado with a 15-3 win at Fresno State.
• Kelly Chandler had five goals on just six shots as Vanderbilt improved to 2-0 with a 16-7 win over Furman. Callahan Kent made nine saves in the win.
• Carlee Ries made six saves while allowing just three goals in 56 minutes of action as Drexel downed American 14-4. Emily Duffee and Devin Nihill each scored four goals.
• Stephanie Asher scored the first three goals of the game and finished with six overall as Elon improved to 2-0 with a 15-8 win over Longwood.
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