Terps women get two fast goals, roll past No. 2 Georgetown, 13-8

Cox sets tone

Coppedge scores 6

win streak at 8

College Lacrosse

April 08, 2004|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK - In two losses to high-ranked opponents, Maryland's No. 7 women's lacrosse team got off to slow starts. Last night against No. 2 Georgetown, Delia Cox scored twice before the game was scarcely a minute old to spark a 13-8 victory before 1,004 at Ludwig Field.

The sophomore attacker broke by a defender on the right side and netted her first goal 19 seconds into the game. Just 43 seconds later, at 1:02, Cox's quickness showed again as she slipped into the middle of the arc and took another defender with a high shot. She scored a third goal later.

"Delia Cox just put us right where we wanted to be," said Maryland coach Cindy Timchal. "We knew that Georgetown came out fast in all of their games, and in the big games, we've haven't come out fast and that's cost us a couple games."

Georgetown coach Kim Simons said her team was aware of Cox's quickness.

"She's given people matchup problems," said Simons. "We've got lots of film of her giving people problems. It's hard to assess exactly how quick someone is or how the matchup is going to go until you're actually into it. We did a good job of making adjustments, but we needed to make it sooner."

After Maryland's fast start, Georgetown pulled within a goal twice in the first half and cut a four-goal Terrapins lead to two midway through the second half.

The Terrapins (10-2) built on Cox's start with six goals by All-America midfielder Kelly Coppedge in winning their eighth straight game. They starting off 2-2 with losses to Atlantic Coast Conference foes Duke, then ranked No. 4, and Virginia, then ranked No. 3.

Coppedge, last season's ACC Player of the Year, scored twice - early after Gloriz Lozano's free-position goal brought the Hoyas within 2-1, and then, with 13:13 left in the first half, on a feed from Annie Collins, giving the Terps a 4-1 lead.

"It was important for us to come out strong and let Georgetown know it wasn't going to be a pushover game, that we were going to be competition until the last minute," said Cox, whose Terps now hold a 13-1 edge in the cross-town series.

The Hoyas - who finished with a 32-27 edge in shots - struggled all night to put the ball in the net. Terps goalie Kirah Miles had something to do with that, making some terrific stops among her 13 saves.

The Terps turned in a fine defensive effort all over the field, holding the Hoyas (7-2) to their lowest offensive output other than a 9-7 loss to No. 1 Princeton, the two-time defending national champion. Maryland's aggressive play forced 12 turnovers, controlled most of the draws (14-10), won ground balls and forced a lot of wide Georgetown shots.

In the second half, the Hoyas put together a 3-1 run to pull within 10-8 with 15:25 left, when Hollis Pica grabbed the rebound of Catherine Elbe's shot and shot by Miles.

Coppedge then dealt Georgetown the critical blow, putting the Terps up 11-8 with 6:55 left. When Hoyas defender Michi Ellers went for the big check and missed against Coppedge behind the goal, Coppedge rolled the crease, made a high fake and scored past Hoyas goalie Sarah Robinson.

Georgetown 5 3 - 8

Maryland 8 5 - 13

Goals: G-Peters 2, Lozano, Elbe, Chambers, Redler, Bernier, Pica; M-Coppedge 6, Cox 3, Collins 2, Warren, Walker. Assists: G-Ellers; M-Coppedge 2, Collins, Cox, Richards. Saves: G-Robinson 6 ; M-Miles 13.

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