Virginia outwaits No. 3 Maryland women, 10-8

Cavs' patience, sluggish Terps' outing result in loss

College Lacrosse

March 10, 2004|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

COLLEGE PARK - The Maryland defense and goalie Kirah Miles stayed busy in last night's lacrosse game with Virginia. Trying to slow the potent Terrapins' offense, the Cavaliers were content to hold the ball for long stretches and use patience in finding high-percentage shots.

Miles kept No. 3 Maryland in the game by making 17 saves, but No. 9 Virginia eventually found too many scoring chances. Amy Appelt scored four goals and sparked a seven-goal second half that helped the Cavaliers pull out a 10-8 victory in an Atlantic Coast Conference matchup at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.

The loss denied Maryland coach Cindy Timchal her 300th career victory. Timchal is trying to become the first coach in women's lacrosse to reach that milestone. She's already won eight national championships with the Terps and now has a career record of 299-68.

"I didn't even know about that until yesterday," Timchal said. "It's just disappointing that we didn't win tonight."

Timchal won't have to wait long for another chance to win No. 300 as Maryland (2-2, 0-2) hosts Quinnipiac tomorrow at 1 p.m. before traveling to Brown for a game on Friday (7 p.m.).

Virginia (3-1, 1-0) wanted to slow the Maryland fast break and control the tempo. The Cavaliers did so by winning 12 of the game's 20 draws and taking advantage of the Terps' early problems with clears. Maryland was successful on only eight of 12 first-half clears and finished 13-for-18 while Virginia missed on only one of its 15 clears.

This helped the Cavaliers rally from an early 2-0 deficit as they had the ball for several minutes at a time. Maryland took the two-goal lead on a Delia Cox goal just 4:34 into the game, but the Terps couldn't get a shot off for almost 16 minutes after that.

"Our focus was really to slow them down," said Virginia coach Julie Myers. "They did a great job ... with draw controls and transition defense."

Miles made several big stops in the early minutes as the Cavaliers began to slow the tempo and find good shots. She had 10 of her 17 saves in the first half.

But Maryland's defense combined with Miles to keep the game close.

"Our defense was phenomenal," Miles said. "I could not have asked for more."

Miles and the defense combined to keep the teams in a 3-3 halftime tie. But Virginia slowly began to take charge in the second half and force Maryland to play catch-up. Ashleigh Haas (three goals) and Appelt scored on free-position shots for a 6-4 lead with 17:20 remaining.

The Terps struggled on offense throughout the game, but Kelly Coppedge (two goals, two assists) and Cox (three goals) scored to tie the game at 6 with 9:51 left.

Coppedge's goal came on a perfect pass from freshman Krista Pellizzi (one goal, one assist - both college firsts) on a fast break. That wound up being Maryland's only score on the run all night.

Virginia then took command after that, scoring four straight goals to take a 10-6 lead with 3:05 left.

Maryland got two goals 49 seconds apart to cut the lead to 10-8 with 1:02 left but could do no more.

"We've just got to get to the next step and put it all together," Timchal said.

Virginia 3 7 - 10

Maryland 3 5 - 8

Goals: V-Appelt 4, Haas 3, Leachman 2, Banks; M-Cox 3, Coppedge 2, Pellizzi, Warren, Reese. Assists: V-Hauser; M-Coppedge 2, Pellizzi. Saves: V-Pfeiffer 12; M-Miles 12.

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