March 15, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 2 Maryland women's lacrosse team, led by five goals from Laura Merrifield, used a total team effort to down No. 13 New Hampshire, 19-7, on Sunday afternoon at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.
A total of 27 Terps saw action in Sunday's rain-soaked match as Maryland tallied its highest scoring output this season en route to moving to 6-0 on the season. Three goalies, paced by Brittany Dipper's ten saves, combined to give up a mere seven goals to the Wildcats - a team that entered the game averaging nearly 14 goals a contest.
Maryland leapt out to an early 4-0 lead courtesy of three scores from Merrifield and one from defender Karissa Taylor who went coast-to-coast. New Hampshire countered with a pair free position goals with 15:33 and 11:12 remaining in the first half to cut the Terrapin lead in half before Caitlyn McFadden found Karri Ellen Johnson on a cut across the middle and Amanda Spinnenweber nailed an 8-meter to push the score to 6-2. Following a goal from Sarah Von Bargen, Maryland netted three unanswered goals to close out the half.
The scoring onslaught continued to open up the second period as Mollison dished two assists to Merrifield and McFadden and Johnson added a pair of goals before Brittany Jones gave Maryland a ten-goal cushion. Wildcat midfielder Michaela Hardy scored two goals around the 22-minute mark to stop the clock once again but the Terrapin bench got into the action as senior Alex Mavris scored on a free position shot at 17:46 for a 14-5 score.
The Maryland defense would allow two more goals from Von Bargen, but the unrelenting offense scored five additional times in the last 15 minutes of the game to seal the win.
Nine different Terps scored for Maryland in its fourth-straight win against a nationally-ranked foe. McFadden led Maryland with six points on three goals and three assists while Johnson and Brittany Jones added three goals apiece.
"We did a great job of finishing shots and creating lots of turnovers in the midfield," head coach Cathy Reese said. "I thought we played a good game against a strong New Hampshire team."
Maryland returns to action Wednesday when it travels to No. 14 Dartmouth for a game at 1 p.m. in Hanover, N.H.