Terps weather rally, continue reign over Va. Maryland women notch first ACC victory, 11-8

March 19, 1998|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK -- Going into yesterday's game against Virginia, the Maryland women's lacrosse team faced the prospect of going 0-for-the Atlantic Coast Conference this season.

Determined not to let that happen, the No. 6 Terrapins scored five of the game's first six goals and held off a strong second-half Cavaliers surge to beat No. 3 Virginia, 11-8, at Ludwig Field.

Freshman Jen Adams made the play of the game, coming up with a loose ball at midfield and feeding Christie Jenkins for a 9-7 Terps lead with 1: 38 left. Jenkins got the pass a few steps to the side of the crease and slipped the ball low between the near post and Virginia keeper Heather Castle (10 saves).

"That was huge," said Maryland coach Cindy Timchal. "To come up in the end and have the courage to go hard to the net to kind of seal the victory, showed a lot of poise."

Adams' ground ball sparked a Maryland rally that all but put the game out of reach with two more goals in the next 56 seconds.

The Terps won the next draw, after both teams batted the ball around on the wet field, and moved quickly on attack. With time running down, the Cavaliers put extra pressure on the ball and brought Castle out to try to force a turnover. Instead, Kristin Sommar scored into the open net.

Off the next draw, Jenkins fed Quinn Carney on a scoring play that took just nine seconds. With 42 seconds left in the game, the Terps led, 11-7.

"Virginia was swarming us and coming after us. That opens up some paths to the goal," Timchal said.

It also opened up the opportunity for the Terps (2-2, 1-2 ACC), who began the season with losses to Duke and North Carolina, to extend their dominance over Virginia (3-1, 0-1). The Cavaliers have not beaten the Terps in five years.

The Terps ran up a 5-1 halftime lead, as Cathy Nelson scored all three of her goals and Alex Kahoe had 11 of her 19 saves. However, the Cavaliers rallied with four goals in the first 10 minutes of the rainy second half to pull to 5-4.

The teams traded goals until Peggy Boutilier's goal kept the Cavaliers within 8-7.

Virginia then committed a costly foul, an illegal pick with three minutes left, as it tried to create an opening for the tying goal. The Cavaliers did not get another good look at the net until Boutilier scored on a free position with 13 seconds left.

Goals: V--Hook 2, Boutilier 2, Taylor, Mooney, Ariza, Potter; M--Nelson 3, Adams 2, Carney 2, Mitchell, Newmarch, Jenkins, Sommar. Assists: V--Allenbach 2, M-- Egan 2, Newmarch, Adams, Jenkins. Saves: V--Castle 10; M--Kahoe 19. Half: M, 5-1.

Pub Date: 3/19/98

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