Late Surge Nudges No. 2 Maryland Past Princeton, 8-7
PRINCETON, N.J. (4/9/14) - Princeton had No. 2 Maryland on the ropes as the Tigers led the first 50 minutes of game. A late surge by the Terrapins however gave Maryland the win, 8-7, on Sherrerd Field at Class of 1952 Stadium.
The Tigers jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the first 20 minutes of the game. It marked the first time Princeton (7-4) has led Maryland (14-1) by more than two goals since the 2005 NCAA game in which the Tigers won 16-8.
The Princeton defense held Maryland to its fewest goals scored since March 17, 2013.
Alexandra Bruno, Erin McMunn, Anna Doherty and Erin Slifer gave the Tigers the lead with Olivia Hompe earning two assists.
A free-position goal by Kelly McPartland at 8:50 cut the Tigers lead to two, 4-2. Her initial shot was saved by goalie Annie Woehling but the officials called it back, assessing a Princeton foul and giving McPartland a free chance at the goal.
Princeton was patient on its last possession of the first half and the hard work paid off as Hompe scored off a feed from sophomore Anya Gersoff with 15.1 seconds left.
It wouldn't be the last goal of the half, however, as Glaros won the next draw and quickly passed off to Brooke Griffin for the goal with three tenths of a second left on the clock to make it a 5-3 game at halftime.
Taylor Cummings put her team within one, 5-4, with her second goal of the game less than six minutes into the half.
Woehling denied Maryland a lead making a nice stop on a McPartland eight-meter attempt on the next possession. After the outlet, Princeton was steady on its passing and converted as Slifer at the top of the fan found senior Sarah Lloyd for the goal, 6-4.
The two-goal lead wouldn't last long as Cummings won the draw and fed Zoe Stukenberg for the goal 17 seconds later.
The nets stayed quiet for the next 10 minutes as Princeton took three shots off target. Maryland received two yellow cards in a matter of 29 seconds and Bruno was given an eight-meter attempt on the second yard. Her shot was saved by Abbey Clipp and Maryland would control the ball and run out the two cards.
Three minutes later it was Princeton's Liz Cutting getting carded and Glaros capitalized with an unassisted man-up goal to tie the game 6-6. The first tie since it was 1-1 at 16:03.
Griffin's goal at 9:49 gave Maryland it's first lead of the game.
Bruno tallied her second goal of the game at 4:54 to knot it up at 7-7 as she dodged her defender towards the goal.
McPartland played the hero for Maryland as she converted a free-position attempt at 1:39 to served as the game winner goal.
The Terrapins won the next draw and hung on for the win.
McPartland, Griffin and Cummings each finished with three goals, while Glaros and Stukenberg had a goal and an assist each. Clipp made five saves in goal.
Hompe had a three-point game with one goal and two assists. Bruno scored twice and Slifer had a goal and an assist. Woehling played an unbelievable game in goal and finished the night with seven stops.
Shots in the game were even at 19-19. Maryland won one more draw, 9-8, and ground balls fell in favor of Maryland 13-10. Princeton committed eight turnovers and Maryland six.
Princeton resumes its Ivy League schedule when it travels to Harvard on Saturday, April 12 for a 1 p.m., game.