JMU own goal puts UM women in semis

Defending champions trail in final 2 minutes, escape with 11-9 win

May 14, 2001|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK - James Madison coach Jen Ulehla left Maryland yesterday wondering just what it would take to knock the No. 1 Terrapins off their pedestal.

Her No. 9 Dukes took a one-goal lead into the final two minutes. They were still in it when Maryland's two-time National Player of the Year, Jen Adams, tied the game with 1:35 left.

Then came the goal that really hurt - an own goal game-winner with 18 seconds left. Out of a scramble on the crease, a Dukes defender flipped the ball back to goalie Jen Corradini, but it got past her and landed in the net.

Courtney Hobbs added one final goal to give the Terps an 11-9 victory in a women's NCAA Division I lacrosse tournament quarterfinal at Ludwig Field.

The win - the Terps' 41st straight and their 18th straight in the NCAA tournament - sends the six-time defending champions (21-0) to the final four for the 11th straight year. They will meet No. 5 Princeton, a 10-4 winner over No. 4 Dartmouth yesterday, in the semifinal Friday at 6 p.m. at Johns Hopkins Homewood Field.

The Dukes (11-9), a final four team last year, were stunned by the loss.

"Does Maryland have an angel over top of them?" said Ulehla, a former Terps All-American. "To lose off of a fluke goal like that when you work so hard - that's when you look up in the sky and say, `Why?' "

The game-winner was an unfortunate finale for Corradini and the Dukes' defense, which had played superbly. St. Mary's graduate Corradini finished with 10 saves, almost all of them at close range.

Junior defender Kristen Diniso, a Centennial graduate, did a splendid job against all-time collegiate women's lacrosse scoring leader Adams, holding her to three goals and an assist and shutting her out from eight minutes into the game until the final 1:35.

The Dukes, who had erased an early 5-1 Maryland lead, rallied in the middle of the second half with three straight goals to pull ahead 9-8 on Mindy Leher's free-position goal with 10:39 left.

Corradini made a couple of saves to preserve the Dukes' lead over the next nine minutes before Adams broke from the right side of the goal on a clear out and shoveled a shot into a low corner.

"Our game plan was to slide and collapse on her if she did get the ball," Dinisio said, "and we slid a little bit too early. Somehow, one of us got picked off, and she just slipped right under."

Meredith Egan controlled the next draw for the Terps and Corradini made a point-blank save on Adams with 37 seconds left. Quinn Carney got the ground ball off the rebound and, from off to the right, passed the ball to Allison Comito in the arc.

In traffic, Comito lost possession and the ball fell in front of the crease, where a Dukes defender came up with it. Corradini said she called for the ball, but it came so quickly that she barely got her stick on it and the ball clipped off her stick into the goal.

For the Terps, it was their fifth one-goal win of the season and their second straight close call in the quarterfinals after last year's 7-6 overtime victory over Georgetown.

"This quarterfinal game to get to the final four has a lot of drama," said Maryland coach Cindy Timchal. "We're real excited about the opportunity to get back to the final four. We played a very, very tough, well-coached James Madison team. They really stepped it up and made us actually a better team."

James Madison 6 3 - 9

Maryland 5 6 - 11

Goals: JM-Staedt 4, Leher 3, Collins, Zurfluh; M-Adams 3, Hobbs 3, Carney 2, Comito, Wellington, own goal. Assists: JM-Molloy 2, Staedt; M-Comito 2, Adams. Saves: JM-Corradini 10; M-Venechanos 0, Solomon 8.

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