Terps defender causing fits on both ends of the field

Senior limiting opposition, sparking offense with ability to force turnovers

Women's notebook

College Lacrosse

April 13, 2005|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Maryland's All-America defender, Greta Sommers, has given the opposition double trouble in sparking the No. 9 Terrapins to a 3-1 stretch over the past two weeks.

While marking the opposition's top scorer, the Kent County graduate has also been the offensive catalyst with her ability to cause turnovers and to use her speed in transition.

"Greta has just, in this part of the season, really found her niche," Maryland coach Cindy Timchal said. "We've given her the top assignment, and she's really come through, not only by containing someone but by generating that energy into the offense by intercepting, getting key ground balls. She's done it all."

The senior has stifled the opposition's top scorer in four straight games. She limited Ohio State's Regina Oliver to a goal and an assist, Virginia Tech's Natasha Fuchs to an assist, Georgetown's Coco Stanwick (Notre Dame Prep) to a goal and an assist and Johns Hopkins' Mary Key (St. Mary's) to a goal and two assists.

The Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week, Sommers leads the Terps (8-5) with 18 caused turnovers and also has 30 ground balls. On the attacking end, she had nine points in her first three seasons, but she has six in the past three games and eight for the season.

"This is how Greta plays every single day," said fellow Terps senior Acacia Walker (Annapolis). "Finally, people are starting to realize that she is by far the top player on the team. She's the hardest-working girl on the team."

Wildcats secure top spot

No. 1 Northwestern proved it is for real with a 16-11 victory over No. 2 Duke in Evanston, Ill., on Sunday.

Until then, coach Kelly Amonte Hiller's Wildcats (12-0) had played only one Top 10 team, taking a 6-5 win over No. 6 North Carolina in their season opener. Their strength of schedule is not as tough as most of the teams ranked behind them - 22nd in Division I, according to laxpower.com.

The Wildcats ascended to the top spot March 21 after the two previous No. 1's - defending national champion Virginia and runner-up Princeton - had suffered upset losses.

Amonte Hiller, a four-time All-American at Maryland, said she was never worried.

"I knew we had a good team and that we were gaining momentum. It was huge to have [Duke] as a home game. The local lacrosse community and the university really rallied around it. It was a milestone for this program and for Midwest lacrosse."

Kristen Kjellman scored five goals and Aly Josephs (Franklin) had three in a game that Duke led 6-2 before the Wildcats gained control with an eight-goal run.

Now, the Wildcats, who come to Johns Hopkins on April 22, will have to hold off giant killer Penn State. The No. 8 Nittany Lions, who head to Evanston for a Friday afternoon game, dealt Virginia and Princeton the losses that cost both the No. 1 ranking.

Corry keeps Tigers hunting

Towson freshman goalie Mandy Corry kept the No. 18 Tigers in the race for a berth in the Colonial Athletic Association tournament with 34 saves in a pair of road wins over George Mason and then-No. 19 James Madison last week.

The CAA Rookie of the Week had a career-high 19 saves Sunday at James Madison and now leads the league with a .591 save percentage.

Corry, from North Caldwell, N.J., will try to help the Tigers (9-3, 3-2 CAA) win two more CAA games this weekend at Johnny Unitas Stadium. The Tigers, who have played nine of their first 12 games on the road, face No. 15 William & Mary on Friday night and Old Dominion on Sunday.

If they win both, the Tigers, who are fourth in the conference, likely would clinch a berth in the four-team CAA tournament, which begins April 30 at the home of the highest seed.

Women's Division I poll

IWLCA Top 20

The top 20 teams in the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Division I poll, with first-place votes in parentheses

No. School Record Points

1. Northwestern (15) 12-0 300

2. Duke 10-3 279

3. Georgetown 8-2 259

4. Princeton 7-2 254

5. Virginia 9-2 250

6. UNC 10-3 222

7. Dartmouth 9-0 218

8. Penn State 8-3 196

9. Maryland 8-5 174

10. Boston University 9-1 167

11. Johns Hopkins 7-3 154

12. Syracuse 8-2 123

13. Hofstra 11-2 121

14. Cornell 4-5 95

15. William & Mary 6-6 84

16. Penn 6-4 77

17. Temple 5-4 57

18. Towson 9-3 49

19. Yale 5-5 30

20. Ohio State 5-5 19

Others receiving votes: Connecticut 10.

Women's Division III poll

IWLCA Top 20

The top 20 teams in the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Division III poll, with first-place votes in parentheses

No. School Record Points

1. Salisbury 10-0 30015

2. Middlebury 6-1 285

3. Cortland 9-0 270

4. Amherst 5-0 252

5. The College of New Jersey 5-2 239

6. Gettysburg 9-3 211

7. Bowdoin 8-1 206

8. Colorado College 7-0 190

9. Colby 7-2 164

10. Wheaton 6-2 148

11. Hamilton 6-3 133

12. Franklin & Marshall 5-2 132

13. Washington & Lee 10-2 117

14. Williams 5-3 103

15. Stevens 8-2 82

16. Trinity (Conn.) 7-3 76

17. Wesleyan 6-3 73

18. Mary Washington 7-5 61

19. Catholic 9-3 48

20. Skidmore 9-1 29

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