COLLEGE PARK -- Just as fifth-ranked Georgetown started to make yesterday's women's lacrosse game interesting, No. 1 Maryland doused the Hoyas' fire with nine straight goals to polish off a 16-6 victory at Ludwig Field.
After falling behind 4-0 early, the Hoyas pulled to 7-6 on Sheehan Stanwick's fifth goal of the game with 17: 28 left. The Hoyas (8-3) made their move by scoring three straight goals while shutting out the Terrapins (11-1) for 19 minutes, 24 seconds, the longest stretch the Terps have been held scoreless this season.
After Kristin Sommar scored for a 7-3 Terps lead with 5: 55 left in the first half, Maryland could put nothing on the board while Georgetown's Kristen Baer scored to end the first half and Stanwick opened the second with back-to-back goals.
That was just the lull before the storm for a Terps offense averaging 18 goals a game.
"All of us know Maryland is the most difficult when the game gets tight," said Georgetown coach Kim Simons. "That's when they turn it on."
Less than a minute after Stanwick tightened the score to 7-6, Quinn Carney broke Maryland's lull with a back-handed shot off one of Sommar's four assists. Meg McNamara's goal, assisted by Carney for a 9-6 lead with 15: 29 remaining, began a Terps run of eight goals on eight shots.
This wasn't the first time the five-time defending national champs have poured it on in a tight game. They scored seven straight to turn a two-goal game into a 25-15 rout of No. 3 James Madison two weeks ago. Since losing to then-No. 5 North Carolina on March 5, the Terps have won 10 straight by an average of 11.7 goals.
Although the goals were slow to come for a while after yesterday's initial 4-0 spurt, the Terps outshot the Hoyas, 34-28.
"We were just a little out of sync on attack in the first half. I thought we pressed it a little bit," said Terps coach Cindy Timchal. "Georgetown pushed us to our limit. I'm just happy to see that the players really came through in the end and came up big, not only offensively as a result of the 9-0 run, but defensively. They really stayed tough under a lot of offensive pressure."
Much of the defensive spark came from senior goalie Alex Kahoe, who made 11 of her season-high 18 saves in the second half. Early in the half, Kahoe made some terrific stops to keep the Hoyas from tying the game.
Stanwick, a Notre Dame Prep graduate, scored twice in the first 12: 32 of the second half, but during that stretch, Kahoe made seven saves, including two blocks against low free-position shots.
"When Alex came up with those big saves," said Terps defender Tonia Porras, "it kind of fueled us -- gave us a burst of energy where everyone just broke out hard. And she got the ball out really fast, which helped our transition."
Kahoe's clears and a 29-11 edge in ground balls fed the Terps' transition game. The Hoyas' defense, despite an 18-save effort from goalie Bowen Holden, could not keep up with the Terps' quick-moving offense and thread-the-needle passes.
From 7-6, Maryland ran its lead to 12-6 in a little over four minutes on three goals from Carney and one apiece by McNamara and Alison Comito.
Georgetown 4 2 -- 6
Maryland 7 9 -- 16
Goals: G--S.Stanwick 5, Baer; M--Carney 3, McNamara 3, Adams 2, Comito 2, Jenkins 2, Judd 2, Kr.Sommar 2. Assists: G--Ryan; M--Kr.Sommar 4, Adams 2, Carney 2, Judd 2, Porras. Saves: G--Holden 18; M--Kahoe 18.