Cox Powers Terps Past George Mason, 13-6

Feb. 22, 2006

Box Score

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Delia Cox scored a game-high five goals to help lead the fifth-ranked Maryland Terrapins past George Mason, 13-6, in women's lacrosse action Wednesday night in College Park. The Terps broke the game open with a late run in the first half and went on to out-score the Patriots 8-4 in the second to collect the victory.

"We came out with good intensity, but could not seem to get goals out of good possessions," head coach Cindy Timchal said. "Our defense did a great job of frustrating them, and then when we were able to get our offense on track things started going our way."

The Terps (2-1) were up 2-0 midway through the first on goals from Cox and Kelly Kasper despite having three goals taken off the board on crease violations. The Maryland defense helped make the two-goal lead stand, though, courtesy of outstanding play in goal by Allie Buote. Buote made eight saves in the first half, including three on free-position shots. The Patriots did not get on the board until Melissa Curry connected on a pass to Laura King with just under five minutes to play in the half.

The Terps responded by scoring three goals in just 1:26 to pad the cushion to 5-1, but Curry tallied another GMU goal with :38 seconds left to make the margin 5-2 at the half.

Maryland then broke the game open with a 4-1 run in the first eight minutes of the second half, sparked by Krista Pellizzi and Casey Magor who each notched a goal and an assist in that span. George Mason's Sarah Bryant would make the score 9-4 with her second goal of the night, but that was as close as the Patriots would get. Cox scored two of the game's next four goals, and Katie Princiotto and Brooke Richards would add the others.

GMU added a pair of late scores from Melissa Venturi to make the final score 13-6.

Kasper and Pellizzi each finished with three points. Katie Doolittle added a pair of goals, and for the third straight game, Magor scored a goal and an assist. Magor and Cox also helped Maryland to a distinct 13-8 advantage in draw controls.

The Terrapin defense helped force 13 of the Patriots' 27 turnovers, and the Patriots were just 14-24 on clears. Buote finished the game with eight saves, one shy of her career high.

The Terrapins will be back in action on Saturday, Feb. 25, in Durham, N.C., to take on the second-ranked Blue Devils.

SCORE BY PERIOD       1  2  Tot
George Mason........  2  4 -  6
Maryland............  5  8 - 13

George Mason SCORING: GOALS: Bryant, Sarah 2; Venturi, Melissa 2; Curry, Melissa 1; King, Laura 1. ASSISTS: Curry, Melissa 2; Lee, Becky 1.

Maryland SCORING: GOALS: Delia Cox 5; Krista Pellizzi 2; Katie Doolittle 2; Kelly Kasper 1; Casey Magor 1; Brooke Richards 1; Katie Princiotto 1. ASSISTS: Kelly Kasper 2; Lauren Cohen 1; Casey Magor 1; Krista Pellizzi 1.

George Mason GROUND BALLS: Alsruhe, Roxie 6; Shelton, Jess 5; Kolmer, Meredith 4; Bohn, Sarah 3; Velesz, Alex 3; Bartlett, Megan 2; Brady, Michele 2; Bryant, Sarah 1; Curry, Melissa 1; King, Laura 1; Linnertz, Katie 1.

Maryland GROUND BALLS: Martha Raver 4; Lauren Cohen 3; Delia Cox 3; Krista Pellizzi 3; Allie Buote 2; Megan Cassara 2; Katie Doolittle 2; Jen Greenberg 2; Kelly Kasper 2; Casey Magor 2; Molly McCourt 2; Mollie Reese 2; Brooke Richards 2; Becky Clipp 1; Meghan Higgins 1; Maeve McKew 1; Kate McWilliams 1.

George Mason TURNOVERS CAUSED: Bartlett, Megan 1; Bryant, Sarah 1; Curry, Melissa 1; Velesz, Alex 1. Maryland TURNOVERS CAUSED: Delia Cox 3; Kelly Kasper 3; Allie Buote 1; Lauren Cohen 1; Katie Doolittle 1; Meghan Higgins 1; Maeve McKew 1; Krista Pellizzi 1; Martha Raver 1.

SHOTS - George Mason 17; Maryland 36. SHOTS ON GOAL - George Mason 14; Maryland 26.

TURNOVERS - George Mason 27; Maryland 21.

FACEOFFS - George Mason 0-0; Maryland 0-0.

CLEARS - George Mason 14-24; Maryland 16-21.

GOALIES - MASON: Alsruhe, Roxie (60:00 minutes, 26 shots-13 saves, 13 GA); MD: Allie Buote (57:51, 13-8, 5) , Lynne Cooper (02:09, 1-0, 1).

Start time: 7:04 pm Finish time: 8:50 Length of game: 1:56 Officials: Pat Dillon; Patty Daley; Peggy Cellucci.

A-227 T-1:56