UM routs Virginia Tech, clinches top seed in ACC

State Women

April 20, 2008|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Maryland's senior class shined in its regular-season home finale, scoring 19 of the team's 32 points as the third-ranked Terps beat Virginia Tech, 20-3, to earn their 12th straight win and clinch the top seed in next weekend's Atlantic Coast Conference women's lacrosse tournament.

Maryland (14-1, 4-1 ACC) will face the winner of Thursday's game between North Carolina and Boston College in the semifinals Friday night in Charlottesville, Va.

Senior Kelly Kasper (Century) led all scorers with a goal and four assists. Kasper has 89 career assists, which ties her with Allison Comito for fifth place all-time. Kasper also has 220 career points, the 10th most at Maryland.

Senior Katie Princiotto had three goals and an assist, as did sophomore Caitlyn McFadden. Seniors Lauren Cohen and Dana Dobbie both had three points. Dobbie scored a hat trick and Cohen recorded two goals and an assist. Dobbie also paced the Terps with 10 draw controls.

Maryland dominated Virginia Tech on both ends of the field. The Terps owned a 34-9 shot advantage and a 20-5 difference on draw controls. The Terps' defense held the Hokies scoreless for stretches of 23:55 spanning the first and second halves and did not allow a goal for the final 23:37.

No. 4 Syracuse 19, Loyola 8 -- The Orange went on a 5-0 run to close the first half and kept its momentum going in the second half to beat the host Greyhounds. Loyola's Bridget O'Keefe took Emily Gibson's pass from behind the cage, faked once and beat Syracuse goalkeeper Liz Hogan, tying the score 6-6 with 7:26 remaining in the first half. The Orange (13-2, 5-0 Big East), however, scored five goals over a 5:50 stretch after O'Keefe's goal. Kate Filippelli scored her second goal of the game on a free-position goal with 12:27 left, ending a scoreless streak for Loyola (6-8, 1-4) that stretched over 34 minutes. Filippelli led Loyola with two goals and an assist. Meg Steffe made a career-high 16 saves in the cage for Loyola. Hogan had seven saves for the Orange.

No. 9 Boston University 14, UMBC 5 -- The Retrievers (4-12, 2-4 America East) fell behind 5-0 early and were outscored 7-1 in the second half. The Terriers (13-2, 6-0) extended their winning streak to 10 games and earned the top seed in the conference tournament.

Navy 21, Lafayette 13 -- The Midshipmen outscored the Leopards 10-4 in the second half to cruise to a win. The victory improves Navy's record to 12-3 overall, matching the 1996 North Carolina team for the most wins by a first-year program in NCAA history. It was also Navy's first road win of the season. Erin Rawlick scored a game-high five goals and Mary Ruttum and Meg Decker each added four scores.

Goucher 23, Moravian 12 -- Emily Blatter extended her goal-scoring streak to 40 games with a six-goal, three-assist performance that helped host Goucher (4-9, 3-1 Landmark Conference) beat the Greyhounds (8-6). The streak is the second longest in NCAA Division III history, five short of Scranton's Liz Baumback 45-game streak from 2001 to 2003.

Washington College 14, Bryn Mawr 8 -- The Shorewomen (8-8, 3-6 Centennial Conference) scored six of the first eight goals and never trailed in their win over the Owls (4-11, 0-9). Junior attack Suzie Jakub contributed four goals to the victory.

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