Terps rally to turn back Tigers

Maryland tops Towson for 30th straight time

  • Maryalnd's Karri Ellen Johnson, left, and Laura Merrifield, back, congratulate Amanda Spinnenweber, center, after she scored the Terps' first goal against the Tigers.
Maryalnd's Karri Ellen Johnson, left, and Laura Merrifield,… (Baltimore Sun photo by Kenneth…)
April 01, 2010|By Todd Karpovich | Special to The Baltimore Sun

COLLEGE PARK — — The seventh-ranked Towson women's lacrosse team is off to one of the best starts in program history, but its toughest test came Wednesday night against No. 2 Maryland - a team the Tigers have not beaten in more than three decades.

Towson led by as many as five goals, tied an NCAA record for fastest consecutive goals, and its goalie, Mary Teeters (Centennial), was sublime at times, but it was not enough.

Maryland rallied in the second half for a 12-10 victory at the Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex. Maryland improved to 11-0 and has beaten the Tigers 30 consecutive times.

"Going into the second half, we just needed to tighten up and toughen up and play with more of an attitude offensively," Maryland coach Cathy Reese said. "When we were in there to execute our offense, we were going to score. Mary Teeters is a good goalie and we were shooting high and she was making saves. We needed to make adjustments at halftime."

Sarah Mollison had four goals and two assists and Caitlyn McFadden (Notre Dame Prep) had two goals and three assists for Maryland. Jess Dunn (Fallston) had three goals for the Tigers. Teeters played with a sprained ankle that she suffered in the first half and finished with 12 saves.

Towson (6-2) last beat Maryland in 1976, which extended a six-game winning streak against the Terps.

Maryland trailed 8-4 at the break but played with more urgency in the second half. Mollison scored two goals, and Katie Schwarzmann (Century) and Karri Ellen Johnson (Broadneck) each had one as the Terps rallied to tie the game at 8 with 21:19 left.

Johnson then gave Maryland its first lead since early in the first half with 16:56 remaining. The Tigers didn't fold and Jackie LaMonica (Hereford) tied the game at nine with 9:28 left.

However, goals by Mollison and Schwarzmann 22 seconds apart gave Maryland an 11-9 lead with 6:50 remaining. Amanda Spinnenweber (Chesapeake) then scored almost two minutes later to increase the margin.

Hillary Fratzke pulled Towson to 12-10 with 1:43 left, but Maryland dominated possession the rest of the way. The Terps outshot Towson 31-19 and controlled more draws, 11-9.

"The second half was great, and everyone came out with a lot of energy," Mollison said. "I think if we had stuck a few more of our shots early on, it would have been a different game. Our shooting let us down in the first half, but in the second half, everything came out great."

After Maryland took an early lead on a goal by McFadden on a free possession, the Tigers responded with two goals in six seconds by Jacie Kendall and Dunn - tying an NCAA record for the fastest consecutive goals. Ashley Waldron and Dunn then increased Towson's lead to 4-1 with 20 minutes left in the half.

"I think we played a great game, but Maryland is a great team and this is why they are undefeated," Towson coach Missy Doherty said. "The players did a great job with protecting the ball, making smart choices and really stepping up their game to a top level." Towson 8 2 - 10Maryland 4 8 - 12Goals: T-Dunn 3, Fratzke 2, Kendall 2, LaMonica, Marcinik, Waldron; M-Mollison 4, Johnson 2, McFadden 2, Schwarzmann 2, Merrifield, Spinnenweber. Assists: T-Fratzke, Marcinik; M-McFadden 3, Mollison 2, Spinnenweber. Saves: T-Teeters 12; M-Dipper 2, Jordan 4.

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