Do-it-all McFadden boosts Terps

Women's Notebook

April 06, 2007|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Sun reporter

When Caitlyn McFadden stepped into the Maryland women's lacrosse starting lineup in the season opener, she quickly made everyone forget her freshman status.

An All-Metro midfielder at Notre Dame Prep, McFadden needed just three minutes to score her first career goal. She finished with three in that 23-8 romp over UMBC on Feb. 19.

As the competition has gotten tougher, so has McFadden. She scored two goals in the 19-18 win over then-No. 2 Duke on March 3. She also had two early goals to help set the pace for the Terrapins' 8-6 upset of then-No. 1 North Carolina on March 24.

On Tuesday, McFadden had a goal and an assist in a 14-10 win at No. 7 Georgetown as the No. 2 Terps improved to 10-1.

That brought her season totals to 12 goals and 10 assists, but just as she did in high school, McFadden contributes much more than just points. She also has 18 ground balls, 17 draw controls and 16 caused turnovers.

"She's outstanding," Maryland coach Cathy Reese said. "Even though she's a freshman you don't see it on the field. She's got such poise and composure. ... Whether it's offense or defense, she's solid from one end of the field to the other. I'm glad she's on my team."

McFadden will try to help the Terps stay on the winning track as they head to State College, Pa., for a game tonight with Ohio State and a Sunday afternoon meeting with No. 11 Penn State in the American Lacrosse Conference/Atlantic Coast Conference Challenge.

Record setter

Johns Hopkins senior Mary Key continues to climb her way up the NCAA Division I scoring list.

Already the most prolific scorer in Blue Jays Division I history, Key ranks third on the all-time Division I assists list with 131. After a five-goal, four-assist performance in Sunday's 15-13 win over Denver, Key moved up to sixth on the all-time points list with 337.

Through Sunday, Key, an All-Metro attackman at St. Mary's, led Division I this season in points per game with 7.5 and assists per game with 3.6. She stood second in goals per game at 3.90.

This season, Key has three times as many points as any of her teammates with 39 goals and 36 assists as the No. 13 Blue Jays have gone 6-4.

While Key holds school records for points and assists, her 206 goals remain three shy of the 209 scored by Jenn Ward from 1993 through 1996. Key takes aim at that mark Sunday when the Blue Jays play No. 17 Vanderbilt in Nashville.

Overtime Devil

Duke's Kristen Waagbo earned Player of the Week honors from Inside Lacrosse and for leading the No. 4 Blue Devils to a 19-18 double-overtime victory over ACC rival Virginia on Saturday.

The former All-Metro Player of the Year from Mount Hebron tied the game with 20 seconds left in regulation and then assisted Rachel Sanford for the game winner with 13 seconds to go in the second overtime. Waagbo finished the game with six goals and two assists.

The senior's second assist against Virginia boosted her Duke career record to 93. She also holds the Blue Devils record for assists in a season with 32 and is third on the school's all-time points list with 224.

Waagbo has 24 goals and 21 assists this season, leading the Blue Devils to a 9-1 record with their only loss coming at Maryland.

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