No. 7 Terps women control draws and Dartmouth, 13-8

Egan, Hobbs help UM win its second straight

March 20, 2002|By Tommy Ventre | Tommy Ventre,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK - The two biggest shortcomings Maryland coach Cindy Timchal has cited for her team's 1-3 start are poor defense and sporadic draw control. Last night against No. 9 Dartmouth, the Terrapins began to show the improvement Timchal wants, resulting in a 13-8 women's lacrosse win over the Big Green at chilly, wind-swept Ludwig Field.

Meredith Egan scored a game-high four goals for the No. 7 Terps (3-3), who won their second straight after stumbling at the season's outset. But the key to Maryland's win was senior midfielder Courtney Hobbs, who won five straight draws in the second half to spark a four-goal surge that broke an 8-8 tie and buried Dartmouth (2-1).

"We knew the draws would be important in today's game, and I'm just happy that we won a lot of them, especially in the second half," said Timchal.

With Hobbs dominating the draws, the Maryland offense went to work. Goals from Egan and Molly Lambert turned a 7-6 Dartmouth lead with 26 minutes left into an 8-7 Terrapins advantage with 22:17 to play.

The Big Green answered with a score from Whitney Jamison (Roland Park), but the Terps got goals from Hobbs, Egan, Kelly Coppedge (St. Mary's) and Sonia Judd before Dartmouth got possession again. Alison Moulin finally solved Hobbs and won the draw after Judd's goal at the 11:05 mark, but Maryland's defense took over from there.

Junior goalie Alexis Venechanos, who relieved junior starter Cara Gorman midway through the second half, stopped shots from Jamison and Jen Newitt to preserve the four-goal margin. She had help from defenders Greta Sommers and Julie Shank (Severna Park), who made strong plays to halt Dartmouth threats.

"I think we came up with some big plays," Timchal said. "We had a couple lapses, too, but our motto now is to go back and refocus."

Dartmouth 6 2 - 8

Maryland 6 7 - 13

Goals: D-Newitt 4, Jamison, Frazier, Moulin, Smith; M-Egan 4, Collins 3, Judd, Hobbs, Coppedge, Leggio, Walker, Lambert. Assists: D-Jamison 2, Frazier; M-Judd 3, Egan, Hobbs, Coppedge, Leggio, Shank, Warren. Saves: D-Hughes 9; M-Gorman 7, Venechanos 3.

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