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No. 1 Terps show off power against Boston College

Zoe Stukenberg had a marvelous game with five goals, four assists, six draw controls, four ground balls and two caused turnovers.

This past Saturday the Boston College women’s lacrosse team showed their incredible scoring ability with a blowout of the Navy Midshipmen in Annapolis, but on a trip a few miles west on Wednesday the No. 1 Maryland Terrapins showed even more offensive power as they torched the Eagles 21-13.

Both Zoe Stukenberg and Caroline Wannen had career games. Stukenberg tied her career-high with five goals but set new career-highs with four assists and nine points while Wannen scored a new career-high five goals in an eight-point effort.

And with them, Caroline Steele scored four goals and both Kali Hartshorn and Megan Whittle had hat tricks in the game.

“I think tonight we went on runs of great plays and not-so-great plays,” Maryland head coach Cathy Reese said. “We executed really well on offense. I thought it looked smooth, and we had a lot of different scorers and a lot of good looks. I think we fought hard for the entire game, and so did Boston College.”

Maryland scored the first four goals of the game before the Eagles responded with four in a row over a seven-minute span to tie the game. Whittle and Kaileen Hart then exchanged goals in a minute’s time before a three-goal spurt by Maryland gave them a lead they would not relinquish.

Hartshorn scored two of Maryland’s first four goals, matching the early run effort of Boston College’s Sam Apuzzo, who led the Eagles with four goals and two assists.

But after Hart scored her first of four Eagles goals to tie the game at 5-5, Stukenberg and Steele scored just 21 seconds part before Hartshorn completed her hat trick with 7:37 remaining to push the Terps ahead 8-5.

Hart scored two goals to end the first half to cut Maryland’s lead down to one at 8-7. However, Maryland opened the second half with the first six goals to push ahead by seven scores. Even for a team with as much firepower as Boston College, that was an impossible hole to dig out of against an even more powerful team like the Terps.

Wannen scored all five of her goals and also dished out all three of her assists in the second half. Two of her goals and one of her assists came in that seven-goal run out of the break.

Apuzzo scored her third goal of the game to end Maryland’s run and Kayla O’Connor followed her with a score just shy of three minutes later, but the Terps again had an answer for both of those goals as Wannen scored and then assisted Stukenberg.

Boston College did trim into the Terps lead with a 4-2 stretch, but Maryland finished things off with the final three goals, coming from Steele, Wannen, and Stukenberg, respectively.

Maryland goalkeeper Megan Taylor finished the game with seven saves. Stukenberg’s tremendous offensive game also had four ground balls, six draw control victories, and two caused turnovers.

Maryland will remain at home for their next game as they host No. 4 Syracuse at 1 pm.

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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