COLLEGE PARK -- Betsy Elder took special delight in Maryland's 5-4 victory over Virginia yesterday.
All of the Terps wanted to avenge last year's loss to the Cavaliers in the NCAA Division I championship game. But Elder, a sophomore attacker out of Severna Park High who scored 25 goals in 1991 and two yesterday, is also an integral part of Maryland's fledgling soccer program. Over the past two autumns, Virginia has outscored the Terps 12-1 in that sport.
"That's the first time I've ever beaten Virginia, and it feels good," Elder said. "I've lost to them twice in soccer, and last spring they beat us twice [in the NCAA final and by one goal in the regular season]. This is big, especially considering the players we lost from last year's team."
Despite the loss of All-Americans Michele Uhlfelder, Leann Shuck and Jen Uhlehla to graduation, the Terps (2-0) remain very much in the NCAA picture. They are tied for No. 8 in the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association, a ranking coach Cindy Timchal has trouble with.
"I think that stinks," said Timchal, who came to Maryland a few days before the start of the 1991 season. "We're better than that, but I can't reflect on polls right now. We've just got to take the courage it took to win today and apply it to the rest of the season."
Laura Harmon was assisted by Theresa Ingram (Lansdowne) in the second minute, and Maryland never trailed in winning its 21st straight game at Denton Field since 1989. The Terps got two goals from Kim Terhorst, a senior from Annapolis and St. Mary's, and 10 saves from junior goalie Mandy Stevenson.
Virginia (2-2) got two goals from both Jenny Slingluff and Jen Marino. Slingluff, a senior All-American who prepped at Roland Park, was stopped twice from the free position by Stevenson.
The No. 4 Cavaliers play No. 10 Dartmouth tomorrow and are at No. 3 Penn State on Sunday. Maryland is home against Cal-Santa Barbara tomorrow and at No. 5 James Madison on Saturday.