Seniors Pace No. 1 Terps Past Princeton

April 13, 2011

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Seniors Laura Merrifield and Sarah Mollison combined for 11 points to lead No. 1 Maryland to its 24th consecutive win, downing No. 12 Princeton, 17-10, on Senior Night Wednesday.

With the win, Maryland (14-0, 4-0 ACC) capped its 13th perfect home regular season slate in program history. The Terps, who have already clinched the ACC regular season title, started all seven of its available seniors, including Colleen Dawson, Sara Cooper, Brandi Jones, Katie Gallagher, Brittany Poist, Merrifield and Mollison.

The match started off as a low-scoring affair through the first 15 minutes with Maryland clinging to a 2-0 lead until breaking the game open with four goals in 68 seconds. Scores from Beth Glaros, Jones, Mollison and Katie Schwarzmann highlighted the devastating run and extended the lead to 6-0 around the 12-minute mark. Princeton (6-4) did not land on the scoreboard until a Lizzy Drumm tally with 7:14 left in the first stanza.

A pair of goals from Merrifield and fellow classmate Mollison provided Maryland with a 9-3 advantage right before the half and three early goals in the second period pushed the cushion to nine.

Brittany Dipper helped guide a solid defensive showing, boasting nine saves in 52 minutes of work. Gallagher racked up team-highs in caused turnovers (3) and ground balls (3).

Merrifield ended the match with four goals and one assist while Mollison tallied three goals and three helpers. Jones ended with a hat trick and Schwarzmann registered two goals and two assists to aid another balanced Terrapin attacking effort.

"We have such a great senior class and they all bring something special to our team," head coach Cathy Reese said. "It was a great day to honor our seniors against a very talented Princeton team."

Maryland travels to Virginia Tech Saturday for its conference regular season finale.