Tim Desko scores two late goals to help Syracuse beat UVa., 12-10

Top-ranked Maryland women rout Virginia, 10-6

March 05, 2011|By From Sun Staff Reports

Tim Desko scored two of the last three goals by top-ranked Syracuse to give it the lead for good as the Orange (3-0) handed No. 2 Virginia its first loss of the seaon, 12-10, Friday at the Carrier Dome.

Desko finished with a game-high five goals. The loss broke the three-game wining streak for the Cavaliers (3-1).

Virginia's Shamel Bratton scored the first of his four goals at the 12:44 mark to give Virginia a 1-0 lead. Desko answered 18 seconds later to even the score. There were five ties in the game, but Virginia took a 8-7 lead at the half. In the second half, Syracuse scored two quick goals to knot the score at 8-8 with 11:49 left in the third. Desko put Syracuse up 9-8 with 11:30 left in the third quarter. Bratton tied the score, 9-9, for a final tiime with 5:46 left in the third before Desko started the Orange run.

Virginia goalie Adam Ghitelman made 15 saves.

Virginia and Syracuse were both ranked this week No. 1 by the USILA coaches poll, while the Cavaliers sat No. 2 in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse media poll. It was only the second time in the history of the historic poll that two teams shared the top spot. The final regular season poll in 1985 saw Johns Hopkins and the Orange share the No. 1 spot. The USILA poll began in 1973. 

Women

No. 1 Maryland 18, No. 10 Virginia 6: A five-goal effort from Laura Merrifield helped fuel the Terps (5-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) past the host Cavaliers.

Merrifield, who was announced as one of five Maryland (5-0, 2-0 ACC) players on this year's preliminary Tewaaraton watch list earlier in the day, notched a season-high five goals on five shots.  She was backed up by stellar offensive performances from fellow Tewaaraton nominees Karri Ellen Johnson and Katie Schwarzmann, who tallied four and three goals, respectively.

Junior Kristy Black also netted a hat trick. Sarah Mollison, a three-time Tewaaraton watch list honoree, registered two goals.

After jumping out to a 4-0 lead, sparked by two goals from Merrifield, Virginia (2-2, 0-1 ACC) answered with three scores to make it a 4-3 match.  Johnson's goal with 2:07 remaining in the half expanded the Terrapin lead to two heading into halftime and extended the junior's streak to 50 consecutive games with a point.

The Terps benefited from a much cleaner second half, where it only turned the ball over four times, and kicked off the stanza on a 4-0 run.  Maryland would outscore the Cavs, 13-3, in the half, with goals coming from six different Terrapins.  A sturdy Maryland defense, led by seven saves from Tewaaraton nominee Brittany Dipper, held Virginia to only 21 shots in the ACC battle.

"For us, our second half was really strong and we kind of put our foot down and were able to pull away in the second half," head coach Cathy Reese said. "We limited our turnovers which I think was a problem for us in the first half.  We were limiting ourselves in the first half and made some adjustments and came out much better in the second half."

Maryland, winner of 15 straight, plays George Mason at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.

Goucher 12, Ohio Wesleyan 4: A five-goal, two-assist performance out of Hannah Khin propelled host Goucher (2-2) past the Battling Bishops (0-1).

Khin put Goucher up 1-0 when she tallied her first goal just :26 into the contest and her goal off a free-position shot snapped a 2-2 tie midway through the first half and put Goucher ahead to stay.

The Gophers, who finished with a 44-17 advantage in shots, tallied the final four goals of the first half and the first two goals of the second period, taking an 8-2 lead on an unassisted goal by Mary Lambert with 23:06 left to play.

Lambert and Becca Smith supplied the Gophers with two goals apiece, while Erin Reifsnyder, Sara Miller (Dulaney) and Hannah Brown each contributed one goal to the victory.

Annie Swanson stuck a pair of goals for the Battling Bishops.

Both starting goalies played all 60 minutes: Ohio Wesleyan's Laura VanHoey had 22 saves, while Goucher's Ashley Shaner turned away eight shots.

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