Showing seniority, UM defeats Loyola

Adams, Carney each score five as No. 1 Terps women control pace, draws, 16-12

College Lacrosse

April 29, 2001|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK - Most of No. 1 Maryland's recent opponents have taken a slow-down approach to counter the high-scoring Terrapins, but No. 4 Loyola opted to run with them.

The Greyhounds' strategy might have worked if they had won a few more draws. Instead, the Terrapins won 22 of 30 draws to jump-start a 16-12 women's lacrosse victory yesterday before 1,247 at Ludwig Field.

On Senior Day, Jen Adams and Quinn Carney made their final regular-season home game memorable with five goals each as the Terps (17-0) extended their winning streak to 37.

Adams, two-time National Player of the Year, also contributed five assists to total 10 points - the fifth time this season she has hit double digits. The Australian ran her career total to 412 points and is within eight of the all-time NCAA record.

Carney, who took nearly every draw, continues to give the six-time defending national champs a huge edge in initial possession. For the season, the Terps have won 229 draws to just 130 for their opponents. The Terps have been outdrawn only twice this season, both times by Virginia.

"Draw control was huge," said Loyola coach Diane Geppi-Aikens. "They had more possessions, which gave them more opportunities, and they capitalized on those opportunities.

The importance of winning the draw was never more evident than in the middle of the second half as the Greyhounds tried to rally from a 13-9 deficit.

Jen Testrake and Stacey Morlang managed to cut the Terps lead to 13-11, but Maryland won the next two draws, resulting in consecutive goals within 46 seconds.

Adams drove in from the left side and nailed her shot inside the far post before feeding Carney from behind the goal for a 15-11 lead with 11:16 left.

From the beginning, the Greyhounds (12-4) made it clear that they would not back down, intending to challenge the Terps at their own up-tempo game.

"We're not the kind of team that likes to slow the ball down," said Morlang, who led Loyola with four goals and an assist. "We have enough confidence in ourselves that we don't have to slow the ball down to win. We're very comfortable with all our abilities. We can shoot no matter what team it is and we can get goals."

The Greyhounds proved that by scoring more goals on the Terps than any other team this season except Duke. Maryland has allowed an opponent double figures only four times all season.

Facing an up-tempo team and Morlang, who can gun it from anywhere in the 12-meter fan, took a bit of adjustment, said Terps defender Kerri Mulligan.

"Just given what we've been up against lately, we started out a little slow," Mulligan said. "We've been used to a lot of teams holding the ball, really taking their time with it. This team goes hard and they're not afraid to go hard."

The Greyhounds stuck close until the last 12 minutes, tying the score at 3, 5, 7 and 8, and taking their only lead at 6-5 with 2:04 left before halftime on a terrific goal from Krissy Warnock. Standing on the crease with her back to the goal, Warnock took a pass from Danielle Battersby and flipped it over her shoulder.

But the celebration - and the Loyola lead - would last just 25 seconds. Meredith Egan tied it on a high shot off a high pass from Carney, who then gave Maryland a 7-6 lead on a free-position goal. After that, the Greyhounds were playing catch-up most of the rest of the game.

Morlang tied the score at 8 on the first goal of the second half, but the Terps seized control with a 5-1 run. Adams scored two and fed Kelly Coppedge and Tori Welllington before Carney nailed a spinner from eight meters away, pushing the lead to 13-9 with 16:18 left.

The Terps have a 22-1 lead in the series; Loyola won in 1997.

Loyola 7 5 - 12 Maryland 8 8 - 16

Goals: L-Morlang 4, Santacroce 3, Testrake 3, Eyler, Warnock; M-Adams 5, Carney 5, Coppedge 2, Hobbs, Comito, Egan, Wellington. Assists: L-Morlang, Santacroce, Battersby; M-Adams 5, Carney 2, Hobbs 2. Saves: L-Dabrowski 8; M-Venechanos 12.

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