Adams, Terps pick up where they left off, 18-11

All-American scores 4 against Duke for No. 1

College Lacrosse

March 03, 2001|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK - Another college women's lacrosse season. Another Maryland victory. Another big night for two-time national player of the year Jen Adams.

Not much appears to have changed for the six-time defending national champion No. 1 Terrapins, as they defeated No. 4 Duke, 18-11, in Atlantic Coast Conference action last night at Ludwig Field.

The Terps took an early two-goal lead and never looked back. Some of the faces have changed, but not much else in a high-powered attack that cranked up a 7-1 spurt through eight minutes of the second half.

Adams' low spinner from Courtney Hobbs with 16:24 left in the game gave the Terps a 17-7 edge and all but wrapped up the season-opening victory.

Senior All-American Adams, who holds every Terps single-season scoring record, finished with four goals and six assists. She tied her career high for assists and moved into a third-place tie on the NCAA Division I all-time career assists list, boosting her total to 124, just eight shy of former Terp Kelly Amonte's record.

But, as usual, records were not on Adams' mind last night.

"This was our first game," said the Australian, "and we needed to go out and start on a high, get ourselves focused, get everything together and show what Maryland lacrosse is all about. This is just a steppingstone. We've got North Carolina [tomorrow]. We're not taking anything for granted."

Still, the Terps did savor their win, especially after a solid performance from a reworked defense and rookie goalie Alexis Venechanos, who finished with 10 saves.

"Our defense was under a lot of pressure early in the game," said Terps coach Cindy Timchal, "and they came up with key turnovers. ... And our goalie, I was so proud of her to have the courage and the confidence in a big game."

The Blue Devils (1-1, 0-1) turned the ball over on three of their first four possessions and Venechanos stopped a Kate Kaiser free-position shot, helping Maryland take a quick 2-0 lead. Quinn Carney converted one Duke turnover with a free-position goal and then fed Allison Comito off another turnover.

The Terps extended their lead to 8-4 at the half with three goals in the final 7:35, but they put the game out of reach through the middle of the second half.

Controlling 13 of 17 second-half draws helped the Terps put together the decisive 7-1 run. Meredith Egan scored her two goals and and Hobbs scored two of her three during the run. Adams, Tori Wellington and Sonia Judd contributed the others.

Adams and Carney each extended impressive scoring streaks in last night's game. Adams has scored at least one point in 57 straight games dating back to March 31, 1998. Carney's streak stands at 51, dating back to April 11, 1998.

The Terps play host to the No. 5 Tar Heels in another ACC showdown at 1 p.m. at Ludwig Field.

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