Terps Surge Past Ohio State, 13-8, In Women's Lacrosse

March 27, 2005

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Maryland ripped off eight straight second half goals to erase a 6-4 deficit and defeat Ohio State, 13-8, Sunday afternoon in the final game of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis. Acacia Walker and Annie Collins each registered four points on the day and goalie Kirah Miles stopped 15 shots in the victory.

Ten different Terps registered at least one point against the Buckeyes, including five players with three or more points. In addition to Walker and Collins, Jessica Dorney tallied a hat trick, Brooke Richards added three assists and Kelly Kasper had three points on a goal and two assists. Maryland had an assist on 10 of its 13 goals.

After an Ohio State free-position goal seven minutes into the game, Walker went end-to-end to counter for the Terps just a minute later. After three Miles saves on two Ohio State possessions, Krista Pellizzi raced off the bench and joined the Maryland attack. Pellizzi got in front of the cage where Walker found her for the score at 17:53. Delia Cox capped off the 3-0 run at 11:23 one-timing a pass from Brooke Richards.

Kelyn Laws caught a high pass and scored for Ohio State at the five-minute mark, but Greta Sommers jumped in on the attack after Maryland won the draw control and scored just :34 seconds later to give the Terps a 4-2 lead. The Buckeyes evened the score heading into halftime, though, as Regina Oliver caught the Terp defense in transition and scored with 1:22 left in the half, and Ashley Evans scored :17 seconds later on a free-position shot.

The Buckeyes looked to take control of the game after getting goals from Evans and Ashley Kremer to take a 6-4 lead with 26:34 left in the game. After a Maryland timeout, though, the Terps started an 8-0 run over the next 11 minutes to take command. Kelly Kasper connected on a pass to Jessica Dorney on a re-start for a goal, and on the ensuing draw Collins found Katie Doolittle breaking down field to tie the score at 6-6. The Maryland goals were just :22 seconds apart.

Dorney gave the Terps its final lead of the game on a tough angle on the left side of the cage after following Richards around the crease. Richards then forced a turnover after Ohio State won the draw, and Collins connected with Walker to push the lead to 8-6. Walker, Kasper and Casey Magor added goals to make it 11-6 in Maryland's favor with 19:04 remaining in the game.

On Ohio State's only quality possession in the Maryland run, Miles was up to the task of keeping the Buckeyes off the board. Miles turned away Kristen Slahor's free-position shot and made a save on Evans' shot just a minute later. The Terps successfully moved the ball upfield and Doolittle scored on a low shot past Kim Hastings to cap the 8-0 run, giving Maryland a 12-6 lead.

Collins had all four of her assists in Maryland's pivotal eight-goal surge. She had eight assists in two games this weekend. Meghan Higgins took the majority of the draws in the second half for Maryland, helping the Terps to a significant 10-4 advantage in the final frame. The Terps also made their run without Cox, who was removed from the game with 27:27 left in the game after receiving her second yellow card of the day.

Ohio State's KC Carter and Molly Gilbert scored in the last 10 minutes of the game, and Dorney tossed in a shot in an empty net as time was expiring to round off the scoring.

Miles finished the game with 15 saves, two shy of her career mark. Greta Sommers locked down one of OSU's top threats, Regina Oliver, holding her to just one goal. The Buckeyes were awarded seven free-position shots, but converted just three. Maryland failed on its lone free-position shot.

The Terps will play its fifth of six games away from College Park next Saturday against ACC newcomer Virginia Tech at 1 p.m.

#11 Maryland (6-4)       4       9       13
#13 Ohio State (4-4)     4       4       8
Maryland: Acacia Walker (3-1-4), Annie Collins (0-4-4), Jessica Dorney (3-0-3), Brooke Richards (0-3-3), Kelly Kasper (1-2-3), Katie Doolittle (2-0-2), Delia Cox (1-0-1), Greta Sommers (1-0-1), Krista Pellizzi (1-0-1), Casey Magor (1-0-1); Ohio State: Kristen Slahor (1-2-3), Ashley Evans (2-0-2), Regina Oliver (1-1-2), Kelly Kremer (1-0-1), KC Carter (1-0-1), Molly Gilbert (1-0-1), Kelyn Laws (1-0-1)

Maryland: Kirah Miles (15-8-60); Ohio State: Kim Hastings (2-12-46), Joy DeMarco (1-1-14)