Terps women escape Loyola Hard-earned, 9-6 win 30th in row for record

April 24, 1996|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

A tired Kelly Amonte stretched her legs after the game, still wearing a bandage on her forehead from an early second-half hit. Several of her Maryland teammates gathered to the side, bending over and trying to regain their breath.

For the first time in nearly a year, the Terrapins women's lacrosse team actually had experienced a game.

Surviving their first halftime deficit of the year, No. 1 Maryland escaped with a 9-6 victory over No. 2 Loyola yesterday afternoon before 1,323 at Curley Field.

The Terps (13-0) won their 30th straight, which broke the women's Division I record Temple set 11 years ago and ended the Greyhounds' 14-game win streak. Maryland, which has three top 10 opponents remaining on its schedule, had beaten its previous opponents this season by an average of 13.7 goals.

"It wasn't going to come easy, and that's OK," Maryland coach Cindy Timchal said. "I think we were a little nervous today. There was a lot at stake with it being 1 vs. 2 and both teams undefeated. Our players felt that and were forcing a lot of things initially."

It was the closest margin of victory for the Terrapins since an 8-3 triumph over James Madison on April 6, the last time the Terps failed to reach double figures. Maryland reverted to its quick-striking form in the second half yesterday, scoring five unanswered goals in the first 21 minutes to take an 8-4 lead while holding Loyola without a shot.

Sascha Newmarch powered a shot over the right shoulder of Loyola goalkeeper Erika Schaub to tie the game at 4 nearly 10 minutes into the second half.

Before that goal, the Terps trailed for a 26-minute stretch. For the season, Maryland had been behind for only 4: 25 of 720 minutes played.

Amonte and Sarah Forbes each connected on free-position shots less than two minutes apart to push Maryland to a 6-4 lTC advantage with 16: 45 left in the game. Less than five minutes later, Amonte scored and then assisted Forbes to increase the lead to 8-4.

"I think we just stepped up our play," said Amonte, who along with Forbes led the Terps with three goals and one assist. "We started to get the ground balls, and if we didn't get the shot, we got the rebound. I had total confidence in my teammates that we would step it up in the second half."

Loyola (14-1), which has lost all 16 meetings to Maryland, started to apply more offensive intensity in the game's final 10 minutes. Kerri Johnson's goal -- and Loyola's first shot of the second half -- closed the Greyhounds to 8-5 with 9: 12 remaining.

After Maryland's Helena Herrmann scored to push the margin back to four, Michelle Meyer got her fourth goal of the game for the Greyhounds to cut the lead to 9-6 with 3: 22 left. Loyola then missed on two late medium-range shots.

"[The Terps] did a good job of possession in the second half, and that turned the game around," Meyer said. "We needed to pressure more and get the ball back. That's something we'll have to improve on. We'll definitely remember this game."

The Greyhounds started the game with a patient offensive strategy to offset Maryland's fast-break attack. After trading goals with the Terps for the first 10 minutes, Loyola took a 3-2 lead when Meyer scored on a free-position.

Meyer then spun around a couple of Maryland defenders to give the Greyhounds a 4-2 advantage 8: 11 before halftime. It was the largest deficit this season for Maryland, which trailed by a goal on just two occasions.

"I think we have nothing to be ashamed of," Loyola coach Diane Aikens said. "We made some mistakes which [Maryland] capitalized on in the second half. We never looked afraid the entire game against them, which I couldn't say about them early."

Goals: M--Amonte 3, Forbes 3, Hermann 2, MacCrate; L--Meyer 4, Johnson 2. Assists: M--Amonte, Forbes, Riley, Newmarch, MacCrate; L--Roberts. Saves: M--Brodsky 10; L--Schaub 13. Halftime: Loyola 4-3.

Pub Date: 4/24/96

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