No. 6 Maryland Knocks Off No. 2 Johns Hopkins

April 9, 2006

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BALTIMORE - Krista Pellizzi scored four goals and three assists to help No. 6 Maryland hand No. 2 Johns Hopkins its first defeat of the season, 14-11 Sunday afternoon at Homewood Field. The Terps led by five at that half and withstood a second half Hopkins rally to pick up the victory.

"I am very proud of the way we played today," head coach Cindy Timchal said as her team improved to 10-4 on the year. "We bounced back from a tough loss on Wednesday, and we maintained our composure when they were coming after us in the second half. We know how good of a team they are, so this is a great win for us."

Katie Doolittle scored four goals and one assist for the Terps, and Delia Cox added a pair of goals and assists to help pace the offense. Kelly Kasper scored two goals and had a game-high three caused turnovers for Maryland. Allie Buote was solid in net for the Terps stopping eight shots and corraling five groundballs.

The two teams traded possessions in the early minutes, and after a Blue Jay turnover the Terps raced down the field in transition. Doolittle fired a tough pass to the top of the arc top to Pellizzi, who made a tough catch and then drove to the cage for the score. Johns Hopkins won the next draw, but Cox forced a turnover and started the Terps down the field again. In a settled offense, it was Pellizzi who needled a tight pass to Doolittle inside the fan for the catch-and-shoot goal to go up 2-0 at 24:15.

Hopkins (8-1) got on the board at the 20:40 mark when after an Allie Buote save, Kirby Houck scooped up the rebound and stuffed it into the net for the goal. After a Blue Jay turnover, the Terps again scored in transition as Pellizzi tossed it ahead to Katie Princiotto on the run for the score. Hopkins responded just :12 later as the Blue Jays won the draw and before the Maryland defense could get set, Mary Key connected on a pass to Sarah Walsh to make it 3-2 with 18:53 left.

The Terps then rattled off five straight goals over the next 13 minutes to surge into command of the game. Cox scored two in that run, including a hard shot moving across the cage with her left hand. Pellizzi, Kasper and Doolittle also found the back of the net for the Terps. On four of Maryland's five goals, Johns Hopkins had at least one offensive possession before the Terrapins put the ball in the net.

Hopkins ended its drought with a goal at 5:29 by Mary Key. Key cut to the cage and was fed by Houck for the score. The goal cut the Maryland lead to 8-3. Buote ended one Hopkins possession with a save, and Kasper halted another causing a Blue Jay turnover. In the ensuing Terp possession, Pellizzi caught the ball on the right hash, dodged to her left and then beat the new Hopkins goalie Amelia Harris.

The Blue Jays won the next draw - their ninth of the half - and Buote made another stellar point-blank save on a shot from Houck. Maryland could not capitalize and threw the ball away, and Lauren Schwarzmann made them pay on the other end with a score with :22 left in the half. Hopkins had another chance before time expired in the half, but Schwarzmann's free-position was blocked as Maryland maintained its 9-4 lead going into the break.

Hopkins out-drew Maryland 10-4 in the half, but committed two more turnovers than the Terps. Buote also made six first half saves for Maryland, while the Hopkins goalies combined for just one.

Putnam won the first draw of the half for the Blue Jays, and capitalized on the possession on a nifty goal by Key. Key took a pass from Walsh at the left edge of the crease with her back to the goal, faked a move, and then fired a behind-the-back shot for the score. Princiotto countered for Maryland with a free-position goal just over a minute later.

Key found the back of the net again for Hopkins, but Doolittle had the answer for the Terps taking a feed from Cox - again responding to the Blue Jay score just over a minute later.

Hopkins then vaulted back into the game with a 4-0 run over a frenetic eight minutes of play. Stamper, Walsh, Key and Annie Wagner each scored to pull the Blue Jays to within one with 10:51 left to play.

Meghan Higgins came up with an important draw control for Maryland after Wagner's goal, and was fouled. On the re-start she got the ball ahead to Pellizzi who beat the Hopkins defenders down field and fired the shot between Harris' legs for the goal to put just :14 seconds after the Hopkins got to within one.

Maryland won the ensuing draw, but turned it over behind the cage. Kasper got the ball back for the Terps, though, checking the ball from the stick of Houck, scooping up the groundball, and then took it the length of the field herself and scored. The goal pushed Maryland's lead to 13-10 with 7:52 left in the game.

The two teams traded several possessions over the next six minutes before Stamper made a strong move from behind the cage for the goal with just under two minutes to play.

Higgins stepped up to take the next draw for Maryland, and won it herself to give Maryland possession. The Terps worked the clock and spread the Hopkins defense out before Cox found Doolittle alone in front of the crease for a goal with :35 seconds left to put the game away.

Maryland will return to action next Saturday for an ACC matchup against North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C.