Terps women squander 4-point, second-half lead, fall to Georgetown, 8-6

UM wastes solid first half

Dorney has 2 goals in loss

College Lacrosse

April 07, 2005|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

WASHINGTON - Maryland's split personality troubles continued yesterday as the No. 9 Terrapins women's lacrosse team played a near-perfect first half only to squander a four-goal lead and fall to No. 4 Georgetown, 8-6, at North Kehoe Field.

"We need to keep our intensity up. They stepped their game up a little bit and we got a little too relaxed," said Maryland defender Greta Sommers. "We were there for 45 minutes. We just need to get that other 15 minutes."

Throughout the season, the Terps (7-5) have managed to play one strong half, but they continue to struggle to combine two good ones. Two weeks ago, they led 10-6 at the half against then-No. 2 Penn State and lost, 13-12. Early in the season against then-No. 4 Duke and then-No. 1 Virginia, they trailed by six at the half only to have second-half rallies fall short.

Yesterday, Sommers sparked a Terps transition game that carried a 4-2 lead into halftime. Maryland continued to dominate early in the second half, running the lead to 6-2 with 23:17 to go.

Up to that point, the Terps had gotten the better end of the turnovers, converting three of them into goals. Then, the Hoyas turned the momentum with a single Terps turnover.

As the Hoyas (7-2) intensified their pressure defense, Lauren Redler intercepted a pass about 15 meters in front of the Terps goal. One-on-one with Terps goalie Kirah Miles, Redler hit the shot, setting off a chain reaction in the Hoyas' offense and lighting a fire under their defense.

Redler's goal cut the Terps lead to 6-3, but the Hoyas built on that to polish off the game with a 6-0 run. Coco Stanwick scored the game winner on a feed from Sarah Oliphant with 8:30 left and Redler added an insurance goal with 3:54 to go.

"That interception was huge. It was a big psych up," said Stanwick, Georgetown's top scorer, "but the biggest change was on defense. We slowed them down and we were able to regain possession."

Maryland outshot the Hoyas, 27-20, but only three of those shots came after Redler's momentum-shifting goal with 21:25 remaining.

Terps senior Acacia Walker agreed that Redler's interception and goal changed the game, but she said Maryland should have been able to adjust.

"It was definitely a change of momentum," the Annapolis graduate said. "We had a timeout to have the girls recognize that they were looking for that to be a switch in momentum for them, so we could try to make sure it wouldn't be. But that's the game of lacrosse and we just have to be smarter."

Early on, Sommers, who had three caused turnovers, five ground balls and an interception, kept the Terps rolling with a hand in each of the first three goals.

The All-America defender won a ground ball, took a charge and caused a turnover before racing down field to feed Katie Doolittle and Jessica Dorney for the first two goals. She finished off the third one herself.

The Terps will try to put together 60 strong minutes when they take the field again Saturday against No. 12 Johns Hopkins, a team they have never lost to.

"We're a team that needs to find that strength in the second half to get us through the end of the game," Maryland coach Cindy Timchal said. "Hopefully, that hunger to do that will be there in our next game. We have to turn the corner soon."

Maryland 4 2 - 6

Georgetown 2 6 - 8

Goals: M-Dorney 2, Sommers, Doolittle, Walker, Cox; G-Redler 2, Poole 2, Stanwick, Oliphant, Chambers, Bernier. Assists: M-Sommers 2, Collins, Doolittle; G-Elbe, Oliphant, Stanwick. Saves M-Miles 6; G-Robinson 5.

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