Terps women handle Hopkins

No. 1 UM rolls to victory after early struggle, 16-3

April 16, 2000|By Rupen R. Fofaria | Rupen R. Fofaria,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

For 17 minutes and 22 seconds, the Johns Hopkins women's lacrosse team did exactly what it wanted. It held the ball, slowed the pace of the game and kept Maryland scoreless for longer than anyone has this season.

Sixteen Terps goals and 43 minutes later, the young lacrosse program's dream to do the unthinkable was crushed. There was no shocking upset last night at Hopkins' Homewood Field, where the No. 1 Terps downed their 20th-ranked Blue Jays, 16-3. But in only their second year competing in Division I, they have 17: 22 worth of evidence that they can run with the best.

"I'm very pleased with our effort," said Hopkins coach Janine Tucker. "We did a good job executing our scouting report in the first half. We needed to shoot better and, in the second half, needed to minimize Maryland's runs.

"That's a very talented team we played today, but I'm so proud of my young team."

The Terps (12-1) credited Hopkins (8-4) for executing its game plan in the first half, but said the difference was when they started executing their own game plan and playing Maryland lacrosse.

"I don't think it was necessarily jitters," said Kristin Sommar, who led the Terps with three goals and two assists. "We just didn't come out and play how we wanted to play."

What is Maryland lacrosse? It is scoring four goals in the final 12 minutes of the first half, including two in the final minute, to decisively sway the momentum the Terps' way. It is scoring four goals in the opening four minutes of the second half to remind their foes who is on a roll. It is running out to a 10-goal lead, as the Terps did in the 41st minute of the game, and still hustling as if the score was tied.

Maryland lacrosse is realizing an opponent's stifling tactics in one half, grinning and completely obliterating it in the second half.

"It was a great tactic," said Terps coach Cindy Timchal. "It threw us off initially, but there's 60 minutes of lacrosse, and I think the results speak to what the game was really about."

Christie Jenkins and Jen Adams, Maryland's leading goal scorer who was held without a shot in the first half, each put in two goals and two assists. Courtney Martinez also scored two goals.

As for the Blue Jays, who scored all three of their goals in the final 15 minutes of the game, they did manage to keep two streaks alive despite suffering the loss. Senior Danielle Maschuci scored twice, improving her scoring streak to 58 consecutive games.

Sophomore Jamie Larrimore scored the game's final goal with 20 seconds left, just in time to stretch her scoring streak to 26 consecutive games (every game of her career).

Although the numbers will show it was a blowout, the Terps gave every indication that this victory was not a runaway.

"We obviously have a lot of in-state rivals," Timchal said. "It would be nice if Hopkins-Maryland was one, too."

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