COLLEGE PARK - Georgetown's women's lacrosse team took care of some unfinished business last night at Maryland's Ludwig Field.
Still stinging from their sudden-death overtime loss to the Terrapins in last year's national championship final, the Hoyas came to Maryland as the No. 1 team and lived up to that billing. Stingy defense and four goals from All-America attacker Erin Elbe led the Hoyas to a 10-6 victory - their first win ever over Maryland.
Elbe scored two goals and fed Wick Stanwick for a third in a three-goal Hoyas run that broke open a 5-5 game early in the second half. Kelly Coppedge brought Maryland to 8-6 with 19:33 to go, but the Hoyas shut out the Terps the rest of the way.
"Definitely, revenge was a huge factor. None of us don't think about that game," said Hoyas defender Kristin Raneri, of the 14-13 title-game loss. "This year, it's our mission to get back to where we were last year and beat teams like this along the way."
Even though the Terps (6-5) have fallen to No. 9, the Hoyas (8-0) remained wary and rightly so. Maryland dominated posssesion in the first half last night, winning nine of 10 draws and tying the game twice.
When Gloria Lozano gave the Hoyas a 5-3 lead 18 seconds before halftime, the Terps answered with seven seconds to go on a heads-up play by Courtney Hobbs. The senior broke ahead of the defense on the draw, took a long pass from Sonia Judd and beat Hoyas goalie Chandler Vicchio one-on-one.
"Normally, we would probably prepare for a No. 9-ranked team a little differently," said Raneri, a Roland Park graduate, "but because it's Maryland, you have to give them credit. You have to know they're a good team no matter what's going on so far this year."
Even though the Terps didn't win last night, their performance was a marked improvement over Sunday's surprising 12-11 loss to No. 13 Ohio State.
The loss to the Buckeyes ended a 79-game Terps winning streak against non-Atlantic Coast Conference teams that dated to a loss to Loyola on April 22, 1997. The seven-time defending national champs are still trying to fill the holes left by graduating the best senior class in school history - eight starters, including five All-Americans.
"We're just not there yet," Maryland coach Cindy Timchal said. "I think we had a good game plan. Even though we were behind at halftime, we came out and scored first. Then, I guess it was draw control and a couple of turnovers and they scored the next three goals. That kind of put us in a hole."
The Terps had made a habit of digging even deeper holes, falling behind 5-0 to Ohio State and trailing by eight goals to Virginia. In both cases, Maryland came up one goal short at the end.
Yesterday, the Terps were patient on attack and dominated the loose balls with a 12-6 edge in draw controls and a 22-18 edge in ground balls. They also outshot the Hoyas 22-20.
"We really came together," said Hobbs. "There were definitely some good things, some positive things. It is a loss and Georgetown was fired up. They were very hungry for the ball and they got a few quick goals and that was it.
"We've got so many more games left in the season. We're 6-5 and that's not really where we hoped we would be, but once it comes tournament time, I know we're going to be there. I'm very confident in this team and we'll pull it through."
Georgetown 5 5 - 10
Maryland 4 2 - 6
Goals: G-E.Elbe 4, Stanwick 3, Lozano 2, Weickel; M-Hobbs 2, Coppedge 2, Collins, Judd. Assists: G-E.Elbe, Stanwick, Weickel; M-Coppedge, Judd, Leggio. Saves: G-Vicchio 8; M- Venechanos 4, Gorman 3.