Sterling keeps Ohio State scoreless in the second half, leading Terps to a 14-8 win

COLUMBUS, OH— The No. 8 Maryland women’s lacrosse team kept Ohio State scoreless in the second half and ended Sunday afternoon’s game on a 7-0 run to defeat the Buckeyes 14-8.

Emily Sterling led the defensive effort that kept Ohio State to just four shots and zero goals in the second half. Sterling ended the game on a run of six saves without conceding a goal in the last 35 minutes.

“Good win for us,” said the head coach Cathy Reese. “We came from halftime and just did a great job in the second half. We played really well defensively and set Emily (Sterling) up for success and developed the draw controls we needed to control possession. We’re happy to leave Columbus with a win.”

In a third quarter stalemate with neither side scoring in the first 13 minutes, Shaylan Aharn homed a shot from an open position to give Maryland a 9-8 lead. Just 30 seconds later Aurora Cordingley also scored an open position to give the Terps a 10-8 lead through three quarters. Maryland didn’t allow a shot in the fourth quarter, beating the Buckeyes 10-8, led by two goals and an assist Grace Griffin.

Maryland won its fifth straight game on Easter Sunday with a 14-8 win over the Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium. The Terps improved to 13-1 (4-0 Big Ten) while the Buckeyes fell to 9-5 (2-2 Big Ten).

Sterling made nine saves for the Terps. Aurora Cordingley led offense with four goals and three assists, including a career 100th assist, and Hannah Leubecker also scored a hat trick. Six different terps scored, five of which had games with multiple goals.

Breakdown of the action

  • According to Libby May and Eloise Klevenger scored early, Ohio State netted four straight. Maryland ended the first quarter on a 3-0 run.
  • At the beginning of the second quarter there were no goals Hannah Leubecker and Shaylan Aharn pushed the Terps ahead 7-5. The Buckeyes went on a 3-0 run over a 90-second period to reclaim the lead, and Aurora Cordingley scored her second goal of the day with 32 seconds remaining at half-time to send her into the half with eight points.
  • After Ahearn’s goal at 1:37 in the third quarter, Cordingley collected an open-field goal of his own less than a minute later.
  • Goals in the fourth quarter by Cordingley, Leubecker and two by Grace Griffin drove the Terps to their 14-8 win over Ohio State.

Rory yells

  • Cordingley scored seven points in the second game in a row.
  • It was the eighth time this season that the Johns-Hopkins transfer has scored more than four goals.


  • Maryland is back in action on Saturday, April 23 for a top 10 showdown at home against the No. 3 Northwest.
  • Action between the Terps and the Wildcats begins at 11:30 a.m. and can be seen on the Big Ten Network.

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