Maryland women down Loyola, 16-5

April 28, 1993|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,Contributing Writer

COLLEGE PARK -- On the field where it must defend its national championship, the second-ranked Maryland women's lacrosse team sent a bold message.

Extending their home win streak to 33 games, the Terps (10-1) clobbered No. 7 Loyola, 16-5, last night at Byrd Stadium. Maryland, which normally plays at the smaller Denton Field, has not lost at home since April 1989. The NCAA Final Four will be played at Byrd on May 15-16.

Attackman Betsy Elder (Severna Park) converted a free position shot 5:56 into the first half to put the Terps up 4-3. Elder, second in the nation in goals per game, finished with four against the Greyhounds (11-6).

"This game is big with bragging rights. It was a game we had to win," Elder said.

Maryland outshot Loyola 40-14 as it consistently assaulted Loyola goalie Linda Ohrin, who is third in the nation in save percentage.

Loyola entered the contest with an extreme outside shot to qualify for the six-team national tournament. The Greyhounds led the Terps, 3-2, with 22:40 left in the first half by netting their first three shots.

"It's funny but I think we play better when teams come at us hard," Terp defenseman Kerstin Manning said.

The Terps countered by increasing the tempo with their fast breaks and outshot Loyola 13-2 for the remainder of the half.

"We had nothing to lose," said Loyola head coach Diane Aikens. "We are seventh in the country and win or lose we still would be seventh.

"Maryland just had better athletes. We are capable of making it closer, but my kids didn't perform."

Outscoring opponents at home 81-30 on the season, the Terps also have defeated ranked foes by an average margin of 10 goals.

The Terps opened their advantage to 15-4 only 10:25 into the second half on freshman midfielder Kelly Amonte's fourth goal. That span included seven straight Maryland goals while the Greyhounds could only muster two shots on goal.

Amonte, the nation's leader in points per game with a 5.3 average, tallied four goals and two assists. Terp midfielder Theresa Ingram (Lansdowne) contributed four assists.

The Division I leader in points, Erika Mawhorr, led Loyola with three goals while Michelle Meyer supplied the Greyhounds' other two goals.

The Terps finish their regular-season home schedule today when they play host to James Madison (6-9) at Denton Field at 4 p.m. The Terrapin senior class of Manning and goalkeeper Mandy Stevenson will play its last at home. They have won 53 of their 59 collegiate contests.

"Some times like the championship game you have to play without 24 hours rest," Maryland head coach Cindy Timchal said. "It's a game we wanted to reschedule, so we're playing tomorrow [today]."

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