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Terps take advantage of fouls to beat Pride, 20-5

Zoe Stukenberg scored four goals, two were free position goals.

Zoe Stukenberg scored four goals, two were free position goals.

Not even one third of the game went by before Maryland had forced a running clock as they rolled past Hofstra for a 20-5 victory on Saturday afternoon.

Kacie Longo took a feed from Bryn Boucher with 11:06 remaining in the first half and gave Maryland a 10-0 lead against the Pride. It was smooth sailing from the very beginning for the No. 1 Terrapins. They held Hofstra to only three shots in the first half; dominating possession and rattling off 19 shots of their own.

“Today I though we did a really good job taking advantage of the opportunities we had,” head coach Cathy Reese said. “We were taking good sots or not shooting if we didn’t have a good look at the cage. Offensively and with our transition defense, we saw a lot from everyone on the team today. We had a good game overall and a lot of people contributed.”

Hofstra goalkeeper Maddie Fields didn’t even last four minutes after starting the game and allowing five goals and failing to make a save.

Just 37 seconds into the game Linsdey Alfano committed a foul that set Maryland up for a free position shot. Zoe Stukenberg nailed her attempt. And just two minutes later Taylor Hensh netted another free position shot.

Maryland scored four free position shots in the first four minutes of the game as Stukenberg netted a second one with 26:54 remaining and Taylor Cummings scored her eighth goal of the year just 16 second later. Then, after Cummings forced a turnover, scooped up the ball and led to a Megan Whittle goal and a 5-0 Maryland lead, Hofstra pulled Fields from between the posts and put Alexis Green out there.

Not that that helped the Pride much. Stukenberg scored just a minute later and then before 10 minutes even passes Jen Giles scored a free position goal and Whittle netted her second goal of the game. Immediately after the ensuing draw, Maryland went down the field and Cummings scored for a second time.

Green had only one save to that point.

Maryland’s speed and athleticism forced Hofstra to foul far too often as they got caught overcompensation for the mismatch. The Pride committed 24 fouls in the first half. Maryland went 7-for-10 on free position shots.

The Terps led 12-1 at halftime. There was no coming back from that, especially not with a running clock, even despite a significant decrease in fouls after halftime. Hofstra cut down to only nine turnovers in the second half and allowed Maryland only one free position shot. Still, Maryland was able to showcase their status as the elite team in the country as they doubled Hofstra’s goal total in the second half, 8-4.

Stukenberg and Whittle each scored four goals in the game while Cummings and Longo each posted hat tricks. Cummings also led Maryland with six draw controls, and was tied for the team lead with two caused turnovers.

After starting the season with three of their first four games at home, Maryland will play on their next three games on the road. on Saturday they will play at No. 2 Syracuse and the following week will play at No. 3 Florida.

They already won at No. 5 North Carolina, beating them 8-7 on Feb. 27.

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