Quick-starting Terps top Hopkins women

Maryland hands Blue Jays first loss of season, 14-11

College Lacrosse

April 11, 2004|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Maryland's women's lacrosse team wasted no time asserting itself against Top 10 opponents this past week.

Acacia Walker scored just 26 seconds into yesterday's game, setting the tone as the No. 7 Terrapins dealt No. 9 Johns Hopkins its first loss of the season, 14-11, at Homewood Field.

Maryland's victory came on the heels of Wednesday's 13-8 win over No. 2 Georgetown in which Delia Cox scored 19 seconds into the game.

"It's important for our team to come out with a quick start," said Walker, whose team has won nine straight games. "We learned against Georgetown that a quick start will win us the game. The first three minutes are the most important time of the game."

By the time three minutes had ticked away yesterday, Walker had added a goal and the Terps (11-2) were off to an 8-1 start.

Although the Blue Jays (10-1) rallied in the second half, the Terps took another seven-goal lead with 8:52 left when Kelly Coppedge scored the fifth of her six goals to make it 13-6.

For Hopkins, early mistakes proved costly. Walker's first goal came after Blue Jays goalie Lauren Riddick turned over a clear. A Terps defender knocked the ball down in front of the goal, and Walker grabbed it and scored.

Three other first-half turnovers led directly to goals by Coppedge as the All-America midfielder became only the 22nd player in Division I women's history to score 200 career goals. By halftime, the Terps had outshot the Blue Jays 19-8.

Hopkins got three goals from Kelley Putnam in the final 7:23 as it outscored the Terps 5-1 to make the final score close.

"In the second half, we realized we could play with Maryland. We just needed to clean our game up a little bit," said Hopkins coach Janine Tucker.

"When we kicked it in, we just kicked it in a little too late. I appreciate the respectable score at the end of the game, but the what-ifs are killing me right now."

Maryland 8 6 - 14

Johns Hopkins 2 9 - 11

Goals: M-Coppedge 6, Walker 3, Warren 2, Dorney, Reese, Collins; JH-Riordan 3, Putnam 3, Key 2, Pearce 2, Wittelsberger. Assists: M-Coppedge, Walker; JH-Key 3, Pearce 2, Voight. Saves: M-Miles 10; JH-Riddick 8.

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