Dartmouth stuns No. 1 Maryland women in overtime, 9-8

Centennial's Parks scores game-winner

win streak ends at 28

May 02, 2011|By Katherine Dunn | The Baltimore Sun

Maryland's bid for the fifth undefeated season in its women's lacrosse history came to an end Sunday at Dartmouth, where the Big Green dealt the No. 1 and defending national champion Terrapins their first loss in 29 games, 9-8 in overtime.

Sarah Parks (Centennial) scored the game-winner for the No. 15 Big Green with eight seconds left in overtime of a game that featured four ties and four lead changes. Maryland's loss -- its second ever to the Big Green -- leaves No. 7 Albany (15-0) as the only unbeaten team left in Division I women's lacrosse.

The Terps (18-1) took their final lead with 12:23 to go when Kristy Black (Glenelg) fed Sarah Mollison for an 8-7 edge. Hana Bowers' free-position goal tied it for the Big Green (11-3) with 4:44 remaining.

Despite winning the initial draw, Maryland didn't get a single shot off in the six minutes of overtime, which is played in three-minute halves and played in full before resorting to sudden-death overtime if necessary. The Big Green, which is unbeaten at home this season, won the draw after Parks netted the game-winner.

At the break, the Terps trailed 5-2, but they opened the second half with a 5-1 run, including two goals from Katie Schwarzmann (Century), who led the team with three.

Maryland has played its last eight games without junior All-America attacker Karri Ellen Johnson (Broadneck), who led the Terps in scoring before suffering a concussion in the game at Towson on March 29. Senior midfielder Brandi Jones also was out Sunday after suffering a concussion.

The offensive output has dwindled a bit since the start of the ACC tournament, where the Terps defeated No. 11 Boston College, 8-5, and No. 4 North Carolina, 12-7, to take the title. What had been a 9.6-goal margin of victory through the first 15 games shrank to 3.7 in the last three wins.

Before Dartmouth, the Terps last lost on April10, 2010, a 13-9 regular-season setback at North Carolina, but they rebounded to beat the Tar Heels for the ACC title and went on to win the NCAA championship, 13-11, over five-time defending champion Northwestern.

The Ivy League ruled Sunday as unranked Cornell upset No. 2 Florida, 9-6, and stopped the Gators' 14-game win streak. Dartmouth will be the second seed when the Ivy tournament gets under way Friday at top-seeded and No. 9 Penn. Cornell (6-8) did not make the four-team tournament.

15 DARTMOUTH 9

1 MARYLAND 8, OT

Goals: M--Schwarzmann 3, Mollison 2, Black, Glaros, Mendez; D--Collins 4, Parks 3, Bennett, Bowers. Assists: M--Black 2; D--Meyer 2, Massimi, Plumb. Saves: M--Dipper 9; D--Giovanniello 11.

katherine.dunn@baltsun.com

No. 5 Loyola 17, Connecticut 10: Senior Grace Gavin (St. Paul's) set the school's all-time points record with her 289th, part of her career-high nine-point day, as the No. 7 Greyhounds (14-2, 6-2) defeated the visiting Huskies (9-7, 3-5) on senior day.

Gavin, who finished with five goals and four assists; she now has 293 points, surpassing the 288 accumulated by Stacey Morlang from 1999 to 2002. Gavin needs six goals to tie Janet Eisenhut's school record of 223.

The Greyhounds will be the No. 3 seed in the Big East championships and play No. 2 seed Syracuse on Thursday at 5:30p.m. in Washington. The winner will meet top seed Georgetown or fourth seed Notre Dame.

Quinnipiac 15, Mount St. Mary's 3: The top-seeded and host Bobcats (13-4) routed the third-seeded Mount (8-11) in the Northeast Conference championship game.

The Mount (8-11), playing in its fifth NEC title game, got goals from Meaghan Conlon (Liberty), Kaitlyn Larrimore (North Harford) and Jen Semler (Perry Hall).

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