Maryland beats Marist, 20-5, in first round of NCAA Division I women's lacrosse tournament

K. Johnson leads Terps with five goals

  • Maryland's Brandi Jones puts a shot on goal against Marist.
Maryland's Brandi Jones puts a shot on goal against Marist. (Baltimore Sun photo by Doug…)
May 15, 2010|By Rich Scherr, Special to The Baltimore Sun

COLLEGE PARK — — After a week of collecting accolades, the Maryland women's lacrosse team took its first step toward collecting another NCAA title Saturday — and looked every bit like a champion.

The top-seeded Terrapins overwhelmed upstart Marist in the opening round of the NCAA tournament, taking the game's first 13 shots and building a 10-goal lead by late in the first half in a 20-5 win.

"Accolades come from all of our team's success, and we can't wait to keep playing in the tournament," said senior Caitlyn McFadden (Notre Dame Prep), who earned her second straight Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year honor Friday. "We'll build on today and play our best game next week."

Maryland (19-1), seeking its 10th national title but its first since 2001 — also the last time the Terps earned the top seed — advances to next weekend's quarterfinals to face No. 8-seed Pennsylvania, which defeated Boston University. The Terrapins topped the Quakers, 12-6, last month.

The lopsided win concluded a whirlwind week for the Terrapins, who learned last Sunday they had earned the tournament's top seed, then swept all three ACC individual awards Friday. In between, McFadden was named one of five finalists for the Tewaaraton Trophy.

That momentum continued through Saturday's opening faceoff, with freshman Katie Schwarzmann (Century) scoring off a feed from Brandi Jones just 35 seconds in. By the time freshman Alex Aust scored off a feed from Amanda Spinnenweber (Chesapeake-Anne Arundel) with 6:12 left in the half, Maryland's lead had ballooned to 11-1.

The Terrapins outshot the Red Foxes, 46-9, marking the fourth-most shots in the 26-year history of the program.

Sophomore Karri Ellen Johnson (Broadneck) led all scorers with five goals, with Sarah Mollison and Spinnenweber finishing with three each.

"We didn't want to take this team for granted and just tried to show what Maryland is all about," Johnson said.

Marist (10-8), which upset top-seeded Fairfield to win the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament, rarely got the ball into the Terrapins' end. Sophomore Kelly Condon supplied most of the offense for the Red Foxes, tallying four of the team's five goals.

Terrapins coach Cathy Reese said she wanted to use the mismatch to work on aspects of her team's game, mainly spreading out at the offensive end.

"We have so many people on our team that can score," Reese said. "But sometimes because of that, we end up cluttered in the middle of the 8-meter, which makes it very crowded."

The problem persisted throughout the first half, when the Terps converted just 11 of 29 shots.

"At halftime, we talked about spreading it out and pulling our defenders out," Reese said. "I know that's why we did better shooting in the second half."

Marist 2 3 — 5

Maryland 10 10 — 20

Goals: Mst.—Condon 4, Kramer; Md.—Johnson 5, Mollison 3, Spinnenweber 3, McFadden 2, Black 2, Jones, Schwarzmann, Collins, Aust, Faas. Assists: Mst.—Kramer 2, Rinefierd; Md.—Black, Bra. Jones, Bri. Jones, McFadden, Mollison, Spinnenweber. Saves: Mst.—Casiano 4, Littin 4; Md.—Dipper 2, Jordan 0, Howard 0.

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