March 18, 2009
HANOVER, N.H. - The No. 2 Maryland women's lacrosse team needed two extra sessions Wednesday to get past its fifth-straight ranked opponent but a goal by Karri Ellen Johnson in the second overtime helped Maryland avoid the upset and defeat No. 15 Dartmouth, 13-12, at Scully Fahey Field.
Both teams exchanged blows for the first six minutes of the rain-soaked contest before Maryland was finally able to connect as Caitlyn McFadden found the back of the net off an assist from Sarah Mollison. It would take nearly another five minutes until there was any additional action on the scoreboard when Dartmouth's Sarah Parks tied the game at 19:42.
Parks would score again at 18:13 before Maryland went on a 3-0 run with goals coming from free position opportunities from Laura Merrifield and Brandi Jones and another from Merrifield at 8:33. Dartmouth stopped the run with a score from Dana Brisbane at 5:36. Mollison countered with her first goal of the game at 4:34 before a yellow card to McFadden forced the Terps to go a player down as Kat Collins cut the Maryland lead to one heading into the half.
Collins put Dartmouth on the board first out of the locker room and tied the game with 2:30 elapsed in the second period. The Terps then put it in high gear, registering six unanswered goals to put the score at 11-5. During the run, Jones found Johnson twice and freshman Kristy Black scored a goal and dished an assist to Spinnenweber for one of her two scores in the streak. Merrifield also found the back of the net.
Dartmouth stepped up its play midway through the second half as the Big Green scored two goals in 11 seconds around the 16-minute mark and ended the game on a 6-0 run of their own to tie the game and send it into overtime. Dartmouth netted three scores in the last 1:15 of play, including a game-tying free position goal from Collins with 17 seconds remaining.
Maryland headed into its first extra session of the year and regained the lead after Karissa Taylor picked up her first goal of the game. A last second score by Dartmouth's Sarah Plumb would force a second overtime period.
Mollison then found Johnson for the game-winner with a little over two minutes remaining in the final period to move Maryland to 7-0 on the year.
"We took a lot of shots but obviously we didn't stick as many as we would have liked," head coach Cathy Reese said. "Winning the draw controls in the overtime was huge...I thought we showed a lot of heart and hustle and I am proud of our team for finding a way to pull this one out."
The Terps outshot the Big Green, 37-20, and won all four critical draw controls in the overtime periods. Merrifield and Johnson each led the Terrapin offense with three goals while McFadden, Mollison and Jones tallied three points apiece off a goal and two assists. Jones added three ground balls and three caused turnovers while Merrifield paced Maryland with five draw controls.
Maryland will look to stay perfect on the year when it returns to College Park with a match against ACC opponent Boston College at noon on Saturday.