Feb. 15, 2009
RICHMOND, Va. - Freshman Karri Ellen Johnson scored five goals and the sixth-ranked Maryland women's lacrosse team opened up the 2009 campaign with win, defeating Richmond, 17-6, Sunday afternoon at First Market Stadium.
Maryland struck early in the contest as sophomore Sarah Mollison scored 1:30 into the ball game. Richmond responded a short time later with a free position goal from Mandy Friend to knot the match at 1-1. Johnson scored two of her five goals in her first collegiate contest in the Red and Black at 5:52 and at 9:44 off an assist from Brandi Jones in the center of the circle. Amanda Spinnenweber tallied her first score of 2009 off a nice jab step move at 16:07 to give Maryland a three-goal cushion before Johnson extended the lead to five with a couple more scores off Mollison assists from behind the cage at 17:05 and 17:32.
Spinnenweber utilized Mollison's third assist of the half two minutes later to move the score to 7-1. Richmond rallied with three goals in an eight minute span towards the end of the half when Allison Furstenberg scored on a pair of free position shots. Brittany Jones haulted the Terps scoring drought with 44 seconds remaining the half when she scored on a one-on-one move to put the score at 8-4 heading into the half.
Junior Karissa Taylor netted the first goal of her career to open up the second half off a long-range shot at 33:52. Brittany Jones tallied her second goal of the match when she nailed a free position shot to the top shelf to move the score to 10-4. Caitlyn McFadden cashed in on a free position score at the goalie's feet ten minutes into the period before Richmond scored its first goal of the half to move the game to 11-5.
Mollison netted her second score of the game, this time on an 8-meter shot and Alex Mavris had a nice defensive play to cause a Spider turnover along the sidelines and set up a good cut and goal by Brandi Jones to give Maryland more breathing room at 13-6. After a Richmond score at 48:05, Brandi Jones scored her second goal of the game off a Spinnenweber assist with a little over ten minutes remaining to push Maryland's lead to eight.
McFadden had a leaping goal with approximately eight minutes left, followed by Brittany Jones' third goal of the game to extend the lead to ten and keep the clock running. Johnson tallied her fifth goal to finish scoring as Maryland picked up the win 17-6.
Johnson led all players with five goals and five draw controls while Mollison had a career-high three assists. The Jones sister tandem combined for seven points on five goals and two assists. Katie Gallagher and Brittany Poist led the Maryland defense with three groundballs a piece.
"I think this was a good way to start the 2009 season," head coach Cathy Reese said. "We started off a little timid but really came out and picked it up in the second half. I was happy to see that offensively we had points coming from everyone involved in our offense."
The Terps return to action next Saturday when they play host to UMass at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex at noon.