UM women top Hopkins, 12-10

Terps survive late scare, avoid repeat of Wednesday

April 10, 2005|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK - Maryland's women's lacrosse team saw another four-goal lead begin to erode against a ranked opponent yesterday. This time, however, the No. 9 Terrapins held on for a 12-10 victory over No. 12 Johns Hopkins.

The Terps also led by four goals Wednesday at No. 4 Georgetown before the Hoyas swept the game away with a lengthy surge to win, 8-6.

Yesterday, before 1,014 at Ludwig Field, the Terps (8-5) never let the Blue Jays get carried away.

When Sarah Walsh scored back-to-back goals to pull the Blue Jays within 10-8 with 14:16 left, Maryland midfielder Acacia Walker (five goals) answered with two quick goals, boosting the Terps' lead to 12-8 less than three minutes later.

Blue Jays' Mary Key and Kadie Stamper cut the lead back to two, but Terps goalie Kirah Miles made three of her nine saves in the final 13 minutes, including one with 45 seconds left, to help hold off Hopkins (7-3).

The Terps, who won 16 of 24 draws, also did a good job holding onto the ball late in the game, stalling much of the final eight minutes.

"You learned from your loss against Georgetown," Maryland coach Cindy Timchal said, "and we kept attacking the cage and then it got to a point where we wanted to pull [the ball] out and really hold on to survive. We dedicated ourselves to not walking off this field with what happened to us on Wednesday."

In a battle of the top two teams in Maryland, the Terps trailed for only 30 seconds early in the first half. They broke out of a 4-4 halftime deadlock with a 3-1 run, powered by two goals from Delia Cox.

All-American defender Greta Sommers had another solid game for the Terps, holding Hopkins' top scorer Mary Key to one goal, which came on a free position.

Sommers said the trick to stopping Key was to drive her into the help defense where she got a lot of assistance, especially from Megan Sommar.

Key, who scored her 50th point of the season yesterday, said, "[Sommers] is surrounded by a great group of players. The second one of their players gets beaten, they're swarming the middle and you have to go through three or four more or find the open person."

For much of the game, the Blue Jays did a great job of finding the open person. Seven of their eight goals were assisted, with two assists each coming from Key and Lauren Schwarzmann.

Walsh, the Blue Jays' second leading scorer with 21 points, stepped up when Key was covered. She finished with a career-high five goals.

Maryland has won all seven meetings with the Blue Jays dating back to 1979 although the Blue Jays have played them tight the past two years.

Still, that was little consolation for the Blue Jays, who made their first trip to the NCAA Division I tournament last season in their sixth season as a Division I program.

"This is one of those games we wanted to win not so much because we wanted to beat them, but because we want to win the big games," said Hopkins junior goalie Lauren Riddick, who finished with 10 saves.

Johns Hopkins 4 6 - 10

Maryland 4 8 - 12

Goals: JH-Walsh 5, Stamper 2, Key, Voight, Wagner; M-Walker 5, Cox 3, Doolittle 2, Sommers, Pellizzi. Assists: JH-Key 2, L. Schwarzmann 2, Walsh, Voight, A.Crisafulli; M-Cox, Doolittle. Saves: JH-Riddick, 10; M-Miles, 9.

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