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No. 12 women’s lacrosse routed by No. 9 Maryland

<h5>Junior attack Kate Mulham was the only player with more than one goal for the Tigers, finishing with five.</h5>
<h6>Courtesy of GoPrincetonTigers.</h6>
Junior attack Kate Mulham was the only player with more than one goal for the Tigers, finishing with five.
Courtesy of GoPrincetonTigers.

The Tigers are continuing to slide.

On Wednesday night, the visiting No. 9 Maryland Terrapins (12–1, 3–0 Big Ten) took down No. 12 Princeton (7–3, 2–0 Ivy League) 19–9 in the Tigers’ last out of conference game this season. Terrapin attacks Hannah Leubecker and Aurora Cordingley each scored five goals for Maryland. Princeton junior attack Kate Mulham also scored five for the Tigers, who are now 3–3 in games against ranked teams this year. 

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Princeton started out strong, opening with a 3–0 lead 4:02 into the game. Mulham scored first for the Tigers, followed by goals from sophomore attack Grace Tauckus and first-year midfielder McKenzie Blake. Three minutes after Blake’s goals, Maryland attack Libby May got the Terrapins on the board. May’s goal started a three-run for Maryland, capped off by Cordingley’s first goal of the game with one second left in the quarter. 

The Terrapins grabbed control of the game in the second quarter. Mulham’s second goal of the game gave Princeton a 4–3 lead, but two quick goals 59 seconds apart gave Maryland its first lead of the game at 5–4. With 9:10 to go in the second quarter, senior attack Kyla Sears tied the game at five, the closest the Tigers would get for the rest of the game. The Terrapins closed the quarter with four straight goals to jump out to a 9–5 lead entering halftime. Down four, Princeton would need a big second half to try and erase the deficit. 

Maryland was determined to not let that happen. Despite some gritty play from the Tigers, they could not manage to go on a run. The teams traded goals over the first half of the third quarter, with first year midfielder Nina Montes capping off the exchange with 7:25 to go in the quarter to make it 12–8. After two Terrapin goals 46 seconds apart, Mulham scored her third goal of the quarter and fifth of the game to make it 14–9 heading into the final frame. 

Maryland dominated the fourth quarter, holding the Tigers off the scoreboard entirely while netting five goals of their own to blow the game open and seal the win. The loss is the Tigers’ third in four games after a 6–0 start. They will look to bounce back Saturday when they host Dartmouth at noon. 

Ben Burns is an Associate Sports Editor at the ‘Prince’ who typically covers basketball, hockey, and soccer. He can be reached at bwburns@princeton.edu or on Twitter @bwburns5_.

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