No. 6 Women's Lacrosse Uses Big Second Half to Down UMass, 16-4

Feb. 21, 2009

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The UMass women's lacrosse team did all it could to stall the sixth-ranked Terps Saturday afternoon, but Maryland's offense eventually broke out, racking up 12 goals in the second half en route to a 16-4 win at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.

Maryland (2-0) ran up against a UMass attack determined to keep the ball out of the hands of the potent Terrapin offense. After Maryland's Amanda Spinnenweber scored in the game's opening seconds, the Minutewomen drained nearly 13 minutes off the clock on one possession alone, finally creating a goal off an unassisted Holly Drown score with 16:40 remaining in the half.

The Terps were held scoreless for another 12 minutes before junior Caitlyn McFadden took advantage of a pair of opportunities with 8:23 and 1:32 remaining. Sarah Mollison extended Maryland's lead to three with a little over a minute left before UMass midfielder Merritt Cosgrove nailed an 8-meter to put the score at 4-2 heading into the half.

"For us, what UMass did in the first half is not something we have seen this season, so it was good to give the team a chance to adapt to that sort of play," head coach Cathy Reese said. "I give credit to UMass for their ability to maintain possession for the majority of the half."

Maryland came out of the locker room on fire, notching seven unanswered goals, including three from freshman Karri Ellen Johnson and an additional two from Mollison. Haley Smith finally put UMass back on the board with 6:29 left in the contest, before McFadden scored another pair of goals within 15 seconds of each other near the 54-minute mark. Johnson hit a free position score to push the score to 14-3 a short time later. UMass attacker Brittany Brigandi cut the lead to ten with over a minute and a half remaining before McFadden picked up her sixth and seventh goals of the game to give the Terps its first home win of the year.

McFadden set a career-high for goals in a game and tied her previous point total, set at Dartmouth last season. Mollison also had a career-day, notching bests in goals (3), assists (4) and points (7). The Terps offense has combined for 33 goals in its first two games. Brandi Jones led the Terps with three draw controls, while Mollison, McFadden and Maeve McKew all added two groundballs as Maryland won the groundball battle, 11-4. The Terrapin defense was tremendous, allowing only ten Minutewomen shots.

"We made some adjustments at halftime and really came out and did what we needed to do to win this game in the second half," Reese said.

The Terps will have a week off before its first big ACC test of the season when they host Duke next Saturday at noon at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.