James Madison upsets No. 1 Maryland, 9-8

Wide on a late free shot, Terps lose first of season

Women

College Lacrosse

April 06, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

The top-ranked Maryland women's lacrosse team suffered its first loss of the season yesterday, falling to No. 12 James Madison, 9-8, at Byrd Stadium in College Park.

Sonia Judd and Acacia Walker scored the last two goals of the game, but the Terps' rally fell short as the Dukes (7-3) came away with only their fourth win over Maryland in 40 tries.

The Dukes controlled the final draw, but Annie Collins caused a turnover at midfield and Judd won the ground ball with 1:26 to go. Judd raced to the goal and was fouled inside the arc, but her free-position shot with 1:14 left sailed wide and James Madison won possession.

Maryland (11-1) led only briefly as Kelly Coppedge fed Kristie Leggio for a second straight connection, giving the Terps a 6-5 edge with 3:42 left in the first half. But that lead lasted only 1:22, as Jessica Brownridge scored to make it 6-6 at halftime.

Brownridge's goal was the first in a string of four that gave the Dukes a 9-6 lead. Lisa Staedt fed Brooke McKenzie with 14:40 left as the Dukes matched their biggest lead of the game.

The Terps took over the No. 1 ranking this past week for the first time since preseason of 2002 and were coming off an impressive 13-10 victory Wednesday at No. 6 Georgetown. But that win also proved costly: Starting goalie Alexis Venechanos suffered a knee injury, initially diagnosed as a sprain, and didn't play yesterday.

Cara Gorman, who stepped in with a 10-save second-half effort Wednesday, made eight saves yesterday.

Judd, who was held scoreless for the first time in 27 games at Georgetown, led the Terps with two goals and an assist. Mount de Sales graduate Gail Decker led the Dukes with four goals and Staedt had three goals and an assist.

Gettysburg 18, Washington College 9: The Shorewomen suffered their first loss, falling on the road to the fifth-ranked Bulletts (10-0, 4-0 Centennial Conference). Junior attacker Casey Sawma provided one of the few bright spots for Washington (9-1, 5-1), scoring her 100th career goal with 53 seconds left.

Salisbury 19, Frostburg State 3: Shannon Jarrett scored four goals to lead the Sea Gulls (7-1). Stefanie Ritz scored twice for the host Bobcats (4-3).

St. Mary's 23, Ohio Wesleyan 2: The Seahawks (11-0) put together first-half runs of 6-0 and 5-0 to take control early and sprint past the host Bishops (4-5).

Carol Schmoeller led the Seahawks with five goals and three assists.

New Jersey 21, Goucher 7: Liz O'Connor scored the first of her game-high eight goals with 11:02 left in the first half, igniting a 5-0 run that broke open a one-goal game and sent the third-ranked Lions (6-0) past the host Gophers (3-6).

Kenyon 10, College of Notre Dame 9: Visiting Kenyon took its first lead on a goal by Kaley Bell with 2:50 to play and then held on.

Lori Baran had two goals and three assists for the Gators.

McDaniel 13, Bryn Mawr 2: The Green Terror (3-5) extended its winning streak to three games, getting five goals from Tracy Kessler at home against the Owls (3-6).

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