By Jack Bowman
Maryland continued the turnaround of its slow start, as they thoroughly handled Villanova to the tune of a 15-6 victory.
The Terrapins imposed their will in a strong first half, as they cruised to a 5-2 first quarter and a 9-3 score by halftime.
The offense flowed through a trio of Terrapins players as senior Shaylan Ahearn, senior Libby May and freshman Kori Edmondson all scored three times. Edmonson’s outing was especially notable, tallying three goals and an assist in only her second start.
Meanwhile, Ahearn’s contributions were critical to getting the game off on the right foot for Maryland. Ahearn opened the day’s scoring in the second minute and scored again in the final seconds of the first quarter to grow Maryland’s lead.
Other Terps also contributed to the victory, including Natalie Pansini. The sophomore midfielder recorded the first multi-goal game of her young Maryland career in a strong effort.
The Terps were dominant across the board throughout the game, as both their offense and defense had their way with Villanova.
By the time the final horn sounded, Maryland had outshot their opponents 39-16, a huge margin indicative of an aggressive attack and a stout defense. This was especially true in the first half, as the Terps allowed just six shots from the Wildcats before halftime.
The win was a big one for Maryland as they continue to try to bounce back from two close losses in early March to ranked opponents James Madison and Denver.
The Terps are back home on Wednesday against Georgetown as they look to extend their winning streak to three.