Turnovers doom Terps women in 14-10 loss to Hoyas in NCAAs

Quarterfinal defeat marks only 2nd time in 15 years UM has missed final four

College Lacrosse

May 17, 2004|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK -- One statistic may haunt Maryland's women's lacrosse team more than any other from the NCAA Division I quarterfinal loss to Georgetown: 17 turnovers.

Nine of them were costly unforced errors that kept the No. 3 Terrapins from building any offensive momentum, turning yesterday's game into an uncharacteristically sloppy outing for Maryland and a surprisingly secure 14-10 victory for the No. 6 Hoyas before 790 at Ludwig Field.

Georgetown, which won for only the second time in 15 meetings with the Terps, advance to meet No. 2 Virginia in the second national semifinal Friday night at Princeton. Top-ranked Princeton, the two-time defending champion, will play Vanderbilt in the early game.

The Terps (14-5) were shut out of the final four for only the second time in 15 years. After winning seven straight national titles between 1995 and 2001, the Terps fell to Cornell in the 2002 quarterfinals but were back in the final four last May.

Yesterday, Maryland took a 4-2 lead when Kelly Coppedge intercepted a Georgetown pass and fed Annie Collins with 19:07 left in the first half. Even big plays such as that could not spark the Terps' offense.

Maryland managed to tie the score at 6-6 early in the second half when Brooke Richards hit a high spinner off a feed from Acacia Walker, but Coco Stanwick nailed a free-position shot at 27:37 to give the Hoyas the lead for good at 7-6. Stanwick's goal, one of three for the Notre Dame Prep graduate, sparked a 6-1 Hoyas run.

The Terps never managed to score more than two unanswered goals as the Hoyas pressured the ball all over the field.

"We really forced them out of their comfort zone," said Georgetown coach Kim Simons. "When Maryland is comfortable, they're very tough to stop. I thought there were a couple times when they had those moments like in the first half when we were down by two goals ... our team just settled in and made a couple big stops on defense."

Although the Hoyas (13-4) caused eight Maryland turnovers, the Terps also threw the ball away or dropped passes at critical moments -- sometimes right after winning the draw. Maryland won 19 of 26 draws, a differential that would usually indicate a lopsided time of possession in its favor, but not yesterday.

Georgetown still managed to control the midfield through much of the game, something it had not done in a 13-8 Maryland victory on April 7 at Ludwig Field.

"That was one way we beat them before -- in the midfield," said Walker, a junior midfielder. "They probably tried to capitalize on that with stronger midfield defense. We just didn't handle the pressure the way we should have."

The Hoyas also got a big game from goalie Sarah Robinson, who had a bad case of the stomach flu the last time the teams met. This time, Robinson made 14 saves as the Terps outshot Georgetown 38-28.

In her final college game, Coppedge had three goals and an assist to boost her career point total to 300.

Georgetown 6 8 -- 14

Maryland 5 5 -- 10

Goals: G--Stanwick 3, Bernier 2, Chambers 2, Elbe 2, Oliphant, Peters, Ellers, Lozano, Poole; M--Coppedge 3, Richards 2, Collins, Walker, Cox, Doolittle, O'Brien. Assists: G--Oliphant 2, Redler 2, Elbe, Ellers, Peters; M--Coppedge, Collins, Richards, Walker, Warren. Saves: G--Robinson 14; M--Miles 7.

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