No. 5 Maryland women draw on experience, top Princeton

Roundup

May 01, 2008|By From staff reports

Senior leadership proved to be the difference as the No. 5 Maryland women's lacrosse team defeated host No. 7 Princeton, 18-9, last night at Class of 1952 Stadium.

The seniors accounted for 21 of the 23 points Maryland got in the most lopsided victory in the series since 1984.

Dana Dobbie led the Terps with five goals and an assist while securing seven draw controls. Her 62 goals this year rank seventh for most in a season at Maryland while her 111 draw controls are the second most in a season in NCAA history. She is just three away from claiming the top spot from Georgetown's Coco Stanwick (Notre Dame Prep), who had 113 in 2006.

Kelly Kasper scored four goals and added two assists while Lauren Cohen recorded a hat trick and also had an assist. Casey Magor added two goals and an assist while Katie Princiotto had a pair of goals.

Maryland started quickly as Dobbie won the opening draw. Kasper handled the ball behind the cage and found Dobbie on the left side of the goal for a 1-0 lead 40 seconds into the game.

Princeton (12-3) came right back and scored the next three goals to lead 3-1 with 21:53 left in the half. Ashley Amo got the first goal for the Tigers, picking up a loose ball in front of the goal and putting it in the net.

Holly McGarvie and Kristin Morrison scored 24 seconds apart around the 22:00 mark as both used nice moves through the Maryland defense.

The Terps then scored seven unanswered goals and held Princeton scoreless to take an 8-3 lead at the half. The first goal of the run came from Kasper. As she brought up the ball, the Tigers' defense backed off a bit and Kasper took full advantage by darting toward an open space and scoring at the 19:58 mark.

Dobbie won the ensuing draw and Cohen made a nice move down the middle of the field to tie the game with 19:39 left in the half.

The Terps then held the Princeton offense at bay for the next three minutes and Kasper forced a turnover that led to another Maryland goal. After Kasper cleared the ball into the offensive zone, Magor handled the ball behind the net and found Cohen making a run down the middle for the go-ahead score.

Dobbie got the next three goals and Magor closed out the half, scoring with 14 seconds left. She made a nice move behind the cage and beat the defender watching her to get open.

The Terps (16-2) will close out their regular season at Loyola on Saturday when they face the Greyhounds at 4 p.m. at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field.

Men

No. 6 Drexel 11, Villanova 5 -- In a fashion reminiscent of the teams' last meeting just four days before, Drexel pulled out to a sizable lead and held on for the victory over Villanova in the Colonial Athletic Association tournament semifinals. Drexel led 7-1 at halftime after outshooting Villanova 21-12 in the first 30 minutes of play. Colin Ambler led the Dragons' attack with three goals and two assists. The Dragons (13-3) capitalized on all three of their extra-man opportunities, and the team's stifling defense allowed the Wildcats (5-10) just one goal when the teams were at even strength. Bruce Bickford made seven saves for Drexel. In the other CAA semifinal, Hofstra defeated Delaware, 9-7.

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