Terps roll past Hoyas

Maryland gets transition game going to overcome early deficit

March 18, 2010|By Katherine Dunn | katherine.dunn@baltsun.com

COLLEGE PARK — - Once Maryland's women's lacrosse team gets going in transition, it is hard to slow down.

Georgetown's players knew that, and Wednesday night they stopped the No. 3 Terrapins - for a little while.

After the No. 8 Hoyas took an early three-goal lead, Maryland kicked in that transition game and scored five straight goals to take the lead for good en route to a 20-11 victory at Maryland's Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex.

The Hoyas (2-3) won most of the early draws and scored three goals before the Terps (7-0) managed a shot, but by the time Caitlin McFadden gave Maryland a 14-6 lead early in the second half, the Terps had a 29-10 shot advantage.

"One of the most disappointing things is that we came into this knowing Maryland is a big transition team," Georgetown defender Emily Bock said. "In the first half, I think we did a good job of slowing them down, and that's why we were able to hold them. Once you let them go on a run, you kind of dig yourself a little bit of a hole."

In the opening minutes, the Hoyas used a patient set offense to lead 3-0 and 5-2, but once the Terps started controlling the draws (23-10 in the game), they were off and running.

"Once we get the ball and we get a good transition goal, we just get really fired up, and from there we have the momentum. We keep going, keep shooting, keep getting good shots," said McFadden, a senior All-America midfielder who scored three goals against the Hoyas.

Winning six straight draws helped Maryland score five straight goals to take a 7-5 lead when Brandi Jones found Karri Ellen Johnson on the run with 9:48 left in the first half.

Johnson, last season's Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Year, finished with five goals, including three straight to open the second half. Then Brittany Jones and McFadden added goals to polish off a seven-goal Terps run that boosted their lead to 14-6.

The Hoyas, who got five goals from Molly Ford, had a few mini-rallies, but never managed to get closer than seven.

Eleven players scored for the Terps, who matched their season high for goals and won their fourth straight over the Hoyas. Averaging more shots than any Division I team, they took 39 to Georgetown's 21. Georgetown 6 5 - 11Maryland 9 11 -20Goals: G-Ford 5, Kirr 2, Dwyer, Kaestner, O'Reilly, Seats; M-Johnson 5, McFadden 3, Bri.Jones 2, Spinnenweber 2, Merrifield 2, Mollison, Bra.Jones, Schwarzmann, Black, Faas, Aust. Assists: G-Dwyer, Kirr; M-Fra.Jones 2, McFadden 2, Bri.Jones, Schwarzmann.. Saves: M-Dipper 6; G-Formby 9, L.Thomas 1.

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