Photo: Courtesy of Maryland Athletics
The Terps (#1 seed, 20-1) raced out to a 9-3 first half advantage and coasted to a convincing win over Denver (16-4) Saturday in College Park, Maryland.
Denver had their chances in the NCAA quarterfinal match with 15 first-half shots but only 6 on-goal. Maryland’s offense was much more efficient (79% scoring) with 14 shots on-goal in the first half. Denver faced a stout Terrapin defense that held Denver scoreless for a 17 minute stretch during the first half to build their substantial lead. Maryland was led by 4 goals from Caroline Steele in the half.
The Pioneers join the Terrapins on the board!!
— NCAA Lacrosse (@NCAALAX) May 18, 2019
Maryland came out firing in the second half and built a 10 goal advantage by 18:29 of the half which started a running clock. Elizabeth Behrins made the score 14-5 at 12:51 to cut the Maryland advantage to 9 goals but, again, Caroline Steele countered with her 7th goal of the night in less than a minute to re-build Maryland’s 10 point advantage. The teams traded goals the balance of the half until Denver’s Kendra Lanuza scored for the Pioneers with 15 seconds left to make a 17-8 final score.
Denver had four players with a pair of goals each – seniors Kendra Lanuza, Julia Feiss and sophomores Bea Behrins and Quintin Hoch-Bullen.
It was the best ever finish for Denver women’s lacrosse but showed that the Pioneers have work to do if they want to take the next step. And, no doubt, Maryland showed why the are the #1 seed in this season’s NCAA tournament.
The loss marked the conclusion of Denver Athletics team sports for the school year after one of the best all-around department performances ever. Bianca Mok is playing tennis singles Monday.