Terps women run past J. Madison 15-9 victory extends record streak to 46 games

April 06, 1997|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK -- Late last week, Maryland women's lacrosse coach Cindy Timchal worried that she probably should not have scheduled an exhibition with the U.S. national team the night before an afternoon game with No. 4 James Madison.

She needn't have worried. The No. 1 Terrapins (10-0) scored two goals in the first minute and never trailed en route to a 15-9 victory over the Dukes (7-3) yesterday at Byrd Stadium.

The two-time defending national champs boosted their winning streak to 46 games -- an NCAA Division I lacrosse record. This also marks the 21st straight year in which the Terrapins have won 10 or more games -- a Division I women's lacrosse record.

However, the national team did win Friday night's exhibition, 13-4. Timchal gave her bench plenty of playing time to keep her starters as fresh as possible for the Dukes, whose only other losses were to No. 2 Loyola (8-6) and No. 6 William and Mary (8-7).

"When it was a little hot in the beginning, I thought playing [Friday] night might not have been a good idea," said Timchal. "Particularly in the second half, I thought that it might take its toll. We had more mental lapses defensively that allowed James Madison to score, but overall we stayed strong."

Still, the Dukes scored more goals against the Terps than any team has in nearly three years. Not since May 22, 1994 had the Terps given up nine goals -- in a 10-7 loss to Princeton in the national championship. That was the last time Maryland lost.

Yesterday, the Terps showed no signs of fatigue from Friday night's game.

Sascha Newmarch, Christie Jenkins and Cathy Nelson combined for 10 goals and helped the Terps get off to their quick start. Newmarch, who tied a career high with four goals, and Jenkins scored in the first minute. Nelson made it 3-1 nine minutes later.

After Megan Riley fed Lisa Banbury to pull the Dukes within 3-2, the Terps reeled off three straight goals and outscored the Dukes 5-1 for an 8-3 halftime lead.

The Dukes, who have only one senior in the starting lineup and 17 underclassmen on the roster, crept back to within four four times in the second half. Each time, the Terps thwarted a rally.

"We needed to hold them when we scored and we couldn't do that," said senior Shelley Klaes, a Loch Raven graduate who holds the Dukes record for career assists with 67. "We needed that time to get two goals in a row to lessen the gap. That was our downfall, because we were patient on attack and we could take it to their defense."

Riley, a South River graduate who finished with two goals and four assists, sparked the Dukes several times with her pinpoint passing. She hit Klaes for a spin move to bring the Dukes within 12-8 with 10: 23 left, but the Terps extended their lead to 14-8 over the next five minutes.

"We're not used to giving up that many goals," said Timchal, "but I give credit to James Madison. They came down hard especially in the second half." I'm happy that our team kept the spread. They didn't let them back in. That's key for a championship team."

Pub Date: 4/06/97

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