No.1 Terps gain by skin of teeth, 7-6

OT win vs. Georgetown puts UM in NCAA semis

Women's Lacrosse

May 15, 2000|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK - Maryland's women's lacrosse team is best known for its high-powered offense, but the No.1 Terrapins will make an 11th straight trip to the Final Four thanks to their defense.

Senior midfielder Kristin Sommar stole the ball twice in the final two minutes of overtime to spark a 7-6 victory over No.8 Georgetown yesterday in an NCAA tournament quarterfinal game at Ludwig Field.

Both times, Sommar caused turnovers at Georgetown's attacking end of the field. On the first, she knocked down a Hoyas pass and freshman Sonia Judd's transition goal finished off the play on a feed from Jen Adams with 1:46 remaining in overtime.

Georgetown (12-5) won the next draw, but Sommar checked the ball from Wick Stanwick with a minute left and the Terps held possession until the final whistle.

"It's my senior year and I didn't want to have this be my last game," said Sommar. "I was concerned with not losing body positioning and I put a couple of checks in, got the stick and knocked the ball loose."

The Hoyas tried to dethrone the five-time defending national champ Terps (19-1) by dominating possession. It nearly worked.

Although the Terps, who average 16.37 goals per game, jumped off to a 2-0 lead in the first 1:18, the Hoyas never let them break away.

Maryland took a 3-1 lead on Courtney Hobbs' free-position goal with 11:39 left in the first half, but the Hoyas had the ball almost the entire rest of the half.

"Anyone who watches Maryland play knows you have to keep the ball out of their sticks," said Hoyas coach Kim Simons, whose team won 26 of 43 ground balls.

"In the first half, we did a very good job of having possession longer than them and getting them out of their game plan, which is run and gun, take it hard. Their offense is explosive. We held them to seven goals and we thought that would be enough to win."

Georgetown goalie Bowen Holden did about all she could to give her team its first-ever win over the Terps. The junior had several terrific stops among her 12 saves. She had four saves in overtime before Judd broke through.

After Maryland took its 3-1 lead, the Hoyas scored three straight goals, the last two by Erin Elbe, to take a 4-3 lead at the break.

The Terps rallied in the second half as Adams fed Quinn Carney and then scored on a pass from Judd for a 5-4 lead with 15:20 to go. In the last 13 minutes of regulation, Elbe tied the game at 5 and then answered another Adams goal to tie at 6.

Adams' three goals and two assists put her atop every Terps single-season scoring chart. The junior from Australia broke her own mark for points (119), tied her record for goals (71) and tied Kelly Amonte's record for assists (48).

After winning their 31st consecutive home game, the Terps moved on to meet No.5 Loyola, in the national semifinal at 6 p.m. Friday at the College of New Jersey.

The Terps beat the Greyhounds, 12-4, on April 29, but won't take them lightly. After all, Maryland beat Georgetown, 16-6, a month ago.

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