March 26, 2011
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Top-ranked Maryland captured its 20th consecutive victory while coasting to a 17-8 win against No. 10 James Madison Saturday at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.
Maryland (10-0, 3-0 ACC) was led in scoring by Laura Merrifield, who totaled four goals on the day including a hat trick in the first half. Despite a slow start, Karri Ellen Johnson ended the match with three scores to move past Allison Comito for fourth all-time in career goals at Maryland with 177. Katie Schwarzmann, Brandi Jones, Beth Glaros and Sarah Mollison all netted two.
Mollison added four assists to her pair of goals for a game-high six points. The Melbourne, Australia, native tallied her 100th career helper with 1:01 remaining in the first stanza when she found favorite target Johnson to extend the Terrapin lead to six. Mollison shot up to No. 6 all-time on Maryland's career assist list and is currently tied with Kelly Kasper with 102. The Terps commanded the first half, riding multi-goal showings from Merrifield and Schwarzmann for an 8-3 cushion.
Maryland led by as much as 11 in the second half but did surrender three late James Madison (6-2) scores with less than five minutes remaining to stop the clock from running.
Brittany Dipper headed another tremendous defensive effort, racking up eight saves in the cage. Jones tallied four ground balls and Mollison mustered three caused turnovers in a solid re-defending effort from the Terrapin attack.
"I'm happy with our effort today," head coach Cathy Reese said. "I thought we did well. We struggled in some areas but we really played well defensively. We gave up some easy goals there at the end and our goal is to play 60 minutes of great, consistent lacrosse. However, I thought we did really well on both ends of the field."
The Terps, who are 6-0 against nationally-ranked foes this season, travel to Towson for 7 p.m. match with the Tigers Tuesday.