No. 1 Terps women roll into final four, 17-6

Comito's 7 goals help overpower Georgetown

Penn State is next

May 09, 1999|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland's Allison Comito sure has Georgetown's number.

The sophomore has not missed a shot against the Hoyas this season, yesterday scoring a career-high seven goals to lead the No. 1 Terrapins to a 17-6 romp over the No. 8 Hoyas in a National Collegiate women's lacrosse tournament quarterfinal game.

Comito's previous career high of six goals came in the Terps' 21-9 regular-season victory at Georgetown on April 14. Yesterday in a game-opening eight-goal run, she scored four, including three straight.

"I don't think it's any particular team," said Comito, who, as a recruit, chose Maryland over Georgetown. "If I have a good game as I did today, it's a whole team effort. You have a lot of confidence when you have a team behind you like I do."

The team approach has driven the Terps all season, and it was no different yesterday. On a record-setting afternoon at Ludwig Field, the Terps earned their 10th trip to the final four this decade. Only once in the 1990s have the Terps not reached the national title game.

The four-time defending champion Terps (19-0) advance to meet Penn State in a 6 p.m. semifinal Friday at Johns Hopkins' Homewood Field. The No. 5 Lions upset No. 4 Princeton, 9-7 in overtime, yesterday.

In addition to Comito's continuing dominance of the Hoyas, the Terps got three goals from Jen Adams, who had no idea she had broken the school record for goals in a season. Adams moved one goal ahead of former All-American Kelly Amonte with 63 goals this season.

"If we're setting up plays and she happens to be open, she'll take that quality scoring opportunity," said Terps coach Cindy Timchal, "but it's all set up with the team in mind. If they happen to be doubling, she'll find the open player. Jen's not focusing on scoring goals, and that's why she scores a lot. She just lets it happen."

Adams, a sophomore, has scored at least one point in 32 straight games. Christie Jenkins, who had four goals yesterday, extended her scoring streak to 31 games.

The Terps, who have won 26 straight games, also set a record for goals in a season with 298, breaking last year's mark of 286.

Yesterday, the Terps began rolling up the goals early and often, thanks in part to a strong defensive effort and five of Alex Kahoe's 18 saves.

Ten minutes into the game, Maryland led 4-0. It extended the lead to 8-0 on Adams' first goal of the game with 9: 16 left before halftime.

Sheehan Stanwick then sparked a Hoyas mini-rally, feeding Kristen Baer and then scoring on a pass from Erin Elbe to cut the margin to 8-3 with 4: 40 left in the half.

But the Terps scored three goals within two minutes -- one each from Adams, Comito and Jenkins -- to extend their lead to 11-3.

The Hoyas (11-6) cut into the lead one more time, as Stanwick fed Elbe for two goals sandwiched around the break. Again, the Terps made up that ground and more, answering with a six-goal run. With 9: 27 left, Comito hit her career high off a pass from Tonia Porras for a 17-4 lead.

"Maryland played an exceptional game," said Georgetown coach Kim Simons, whose team made its first appearance in the national quarterfinals. "Every time we started to do something right, they'd figure out a way to break it down.

"Defensively, we were seeming to do what we wanted to in our game plan. They are patient and they keep going over and over again. Sooner or later, they tend to get a stick open, and that's all they need. That's how they wear you down."

Early on, Hoyas sophomore Caitlin McLean did a nice job shutting down Adams, but Comito and Jenkins combined for six of the first seven goals.

Georgetown 3 3 -- 6

Maryland 11 6 -- 17

Goals: G--Elbe 3, Stanwick 2, Baer; M--Comito 7, Jenkins 4, Adams 3, Sommar, Egan, Carney. Assists: G--Stanwick 2, Elbe 2; M--Adams 2, Porras 2, Jenkins 2, McNamara, Sommar. Saves: G--Holden 12; M--Kahoe 18.

Pub Date: 5/09/99

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