At Johns Hopkins yesterday, Maryland's Krista Pellizzi couldn't stand to see her Terrapins women's lacrosse team go through a repeat of Wednesday's heartbreaking loss to Georgetown.
The No. 6 Terps led No. 5 Georgetown by two goals in the final eight minutes of regulation only to fall in overtime. Yesterday, No. 2 Johns Hopkins had rallied from six goals down to pull within one with 11:05 left.
"We didn't want to get into another overtime game," Pellizzi said. "You give a good team a little and they'll take a lot."
Pellizzi made sure that didn't happen, taking just 13 seconds to net the momentum-busting goal.
Her low skimmer past Blue Jays freshman goalie Amelia Harris turned out to be the game-winner. Maryland went on to take a 14-11 victory over the previously unbeaten Blue Jays before 1,100 fans at Homewood Field.
Pellizzi finished with four goals and three assists, leading the Terps (10-4) to their eighth victory in eight meetings with Johns Hopkins.
The junior attacker who played for the world champion U.S. Under-19 team in 2003, has been one of the key players as the Terps have gone 7-1 since a sloppy 14-9 loss to Virginia on March 7. She has 36 goals and 22 assists - including three goals and an assist against Georgetown.
"Krista played a big role in us being in a position to win on Wednesday. We came up short," Maryland coach Cindy Timchal said. "[Yesterday], she certainly was the player again. She just keeps going hard all the time and she's a pretty smart player."
Yesterday, Pellizzi's fourth goal of the game gave the Terps a 12-10 edge with 10:51 to go.
The Blue Jays (8-1) had pulled within 11-10 on Annie Wagner's free-position goal with 11:05 left. Her goal capped a 7-2 run, but the Blue Jays, who had won 15 of 23 draws to that point, lost the next draw on a foul.
"That was huge for them," the Blue Jays' Mary Key said. "If we had won that draw it could have changed the whole mentality of the game. If you don't have the ball you can't do the things you need to. They were able to capitalize on that and instead of it being a tie game, they went up by two."
After Kelly Kasper's goal boosted the lead to 13-10, Kadie Stamper cut the margin to 13-11 with 1:54 left, but the Blue Jays could get no closer.
They fell too far behind after a five-goal Terps run that ended with Katie Doolittle's free-position goal and an 8-2 lead less than 20 minutes into the game.
Blue Jays goalie Lauren Riddick had a tough day, giving up eight goals without a save before Blue Jays coach Janine Tucker replaced her with Harris, who quickly made a save to spark her teammates. Key, held well under wraps by Martha Raver early, scored the first of her four goals on the next play.
Tucker said she couldn't blame Riddick, who had been allowing only 6.7 goals per game, for all the troubles.
"Our defense didn't help her early on," Tucker said. "We gave them space and room to fast break, which is what we want to take away. We ended up settling down ... but we kind of do that with Maryland. We get ourselves into a little bit of a hole and then we fight like mad and fight our way back, but we've got to learn how to not do that."
Maryland 9 5 - 14
Johns Hopkins 4 7 - 11
Goals: M- Pellizzi 4, Doolittle 4, Cox 2, Kasper 2, Princiotto 2; JH- Key 4, Walsh 2, Stamper 2, Houck, L.Schwarzmann, Wagner. Assists: M- Pellizzi 3, Cox 2, Doolittle; JH- Walsh 4, Key, Houck. Saves: M- Buote 8; JH- Riddick 0, Harris 7. A: 1,100.