March 28, 2009
HARRISONBURG, Va. - After netting five goals in a defeat of Towson on Tuesday, freshman Karri Ellen Johnson scored a career-high six scores and eight points to lead the No. 2 Maryland women's lacrosse team past No. 18 James Madison, 17-7, on Friday at the JMU Soccer/Lacrosse Complex.
Maryland (10-0, 3-0 ACC) started the game with four unanswered goals via Caitlyn McFadden, Laura Merrifield, Johnson and Brandi Jones. JMU responded with two goals before Maryland went on a devastating 7-0 run, highlighted by four goals from Johnson, to close out the first half with a commanding 11-3 Maryland lead.
Sarah Mollison and Brittany Jones opened the second half with two more Terrapin scores before the Dukes cut the lead to eight with a pair of goals around the 19-minute mark. McFadden led the way with three of her game-high five assists to aid in three of Maryland's four scores in the last 16 minutes to clinch the Terps' 10th win of the 2009 campaign.
Maryland outshot JMU by 10 while Terp goalie Brittany Dipper captured the win with five saves.
"We played well...we executed on the offensive end and played smart defensively," head coach Cathy Reese said. "We forced a lot of turnovers tonight and were able to turn them into goals tonight."
The win represented Maryland's sixth against a nationally-ranked opponent this season.
Maryland has little time to relax as it plays host to No. 14 Stanford at noon on Sunday at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.