April 22, 2006
NEWTON, Mass. - Maryland's sixth-ranked women's lacrosse team erased an early 5-2 first half deficit to register a 13-11 victory over Boston College Saturday afternoon at Newton Campus Field. Kelly Kasper paced the Maryland offense with four goals and two assists as the Terps head into the ACC Tournament with a victory.
With the win, Maryland improved to 11-5 on the season and 2-3 in the ACC. Boston College fell to 8-7, and 1-4 in the ACC. The two teams are poised to meet in the first round of next week's ACC Tournament.
"This was another hard fought victory for us," head coach Cindy Timchal said. "We know we have to get better, because we know that Boston College will get better next week, too."
Boston College took a 5-2 lead over the first 20 minutes of play, with three of those scores coming on free-position shots. However, Kasper helped Maryland pull even before the half ended with a pair of scores and an assist to Krista Pellizzi.
Elizabeth Kadison gave the Eagles a 6-5 lead with a goal in the 31st minute, but Maryland went on a 3-0 run over the game's next four minutes to take a lead it would not relinquish. Kasper again helped spark the run with a goal and an assist, and Katie Doolittle and Casey Magor also tallied scores to give Maryland an 8-6 advantage with still 25 minutes to play.
Boston College's Margot Spatola scored an unassisted goal to pull within one, put the Terps then outscored the Eagles 4-0 over 11 minutes to take command of the game. Each goal came off the stick of a different Terp as Katie Princiotto, Doolittle, Delia Cox and Kasper each found the back of the net.
After Kasper's score with 11:49 made the score 12-7, Boston College's Spatola quickly scored off the ensuing draw on an assist from Kadison. Kadison then pulled the Eagles to within three :47 seconds later on a free-position shot -- BC's fourth free-position goal on the day.
The Terps came up with the next draw, and halted Boston College's momentum with Princiotto's second goal of the day, this coming off a feed from Magor to put Maryland up 13-9 with still 9:58 left in the game. The Terps managed to keep the Eagles off the board for over seven minutes until Lauren Fitzpatrick found the back of the net with 2:17 left in the game. Lizette Blohm put up a late Eagle goal with just :28 seconds left in the game, but it wasn't enough as the Terps held on for the victory.
Maryland will be back in action next week at the ACC Tournament. An official announcement on the game times and seedings will be announced Monday.