UM women own 2nd half, Virginia

With 6-5 deficit, Terps settle down, roll, 17-8

March 15, 2000|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland junior attacker Allison Comito said the nation's No. 1 women's lacrosse team was "a little frantic" in the first half when a hard-hitting Virginia squad pounded its way to a surprising, 6-5 lead.

But there was no sign of fear in Comito and her teammates in the second half last night as the Terrapins erupted for eight unanswered goals in the first 16 minutes of the half and went on to embarrass the fourth-ranked Cavaliers, 17-8, before a chilled crowd of 838 at Ludwig Field.

Comito scored three of the eight straight goals that put Maryland (5-1) ahead 13-6, and wound up the cold evening with four goals to give her 10 goals and two assists in the past two games. Her current tear gives Maryland another major weapon to wear down opponents, who already seem to have run out of ways to stop junior attacker Jen Adams and senior midfielder Christie Jenkins.

Adams, the leading scorer in the country, put on another show last night with four goals and five assists to run her totals to 25 and 11.

Adams penetrated the tough Virginia defense time after time and even rubbed a little dirt in the Cavaliers' (4-1) faces with a behind-the-back shot for a goal and a behind-the-back pass to Kristin Sommar for a score.

Jenkins found her way through the hyped-up Cavaliers for four goals and one assist, with three of her goals coming in the 12-2 second-half pounding of the visitors, who have now lost 12 straight to Maryland. Included in that string of Terps victories was a 16-6 romp last season in the NCAA championship game at Johns Hopkins.

That title-game loss gave Virginia an emotional edge at the start last night and it paid off as junior midfielder Mills Hook scored two goals and had one assist and senior goalkeeper Francis Segarra had six impressive saves in the first half.

Hook, a former St. Paul's School standout, added a third goal in the second half, but was upset with her team's fade in the second half.

"We can't let this happen," said Hook. "We wanted this game just as much as Maryland, but once they get up on you, it's hard to stop them. We had trouble with ground balls, couldn't control the draws and they found the holes in our defense in the second half."

When Maryland coach Cindy Timchal was asked what she told her players at halftime to prompt the 12-2 second-half effort, Timchal said with a laugh: "I didn't use one curse word. Virginia was so aggressive on defense in the first half that we had trouble getting started, but once we took control of the draws in the second half, everything changed for us."

Maryland junior midfielder Quinn Carney controlled the first six draws in the second half to get the offense rolling and she finished the game with three key assists.

Virginia 6 2 -- 8

Maryland 5 12 -- 17

Goals: V--Hook 3, Aumiller 2, Haas 2, Allenbach; M--Comito 4, Jenkins 4, Adams 4, McNamara 3, Sommar 2. Assists: V--Hook, Fromal; M-Adams 5, Carney 3, Sommar 2, Jenkins. Saves: V--Segarra 11; M--Kahoe 13.

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