Jan. 31, 2011
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The Maryland women's lacrosse team put up a valiant effort against the top team in the world Sunday, falling to the 2009 FIL World Cup champion U.S. National team at the 2011 Champion Challenge.
The Terps dropped the first game against the top U.S. squad, 16-4. Kristy Black led the way with two goals and Laura Merrifield and Alex Aust also chipped in with one score each. Brittany Dipper played a tremendous contest in goal, racking up 15 saves. Former Terps Caitlyn McFadden and Acacia Walker each netted one goal for the U.S., which defeated Virginia on Saturday, 21-6.
Maryland also fell to the U.S. blue squad, 12-5. The U.S. was led by current Terp Katie Schwarzmann, who tallied two goals. Maryland senior defender Brittany Poist also suited up for the blue team. The Terps and the U.S. were locked at 3-3 through 30 minutes but the U.S. blew the game open in the second half as Maryland rested the majority of its starters. Sarah Mollison, Karri Ellen Johnson, Danielle Kirk, Merrifield and Aust accounted for the Terps' five goals.
"It was a great opportunity to play against what is considered to be the best in the country," head coach Cathy Reese, the reigning IWLCA National Coach of the Year, said via the U.S. Lacrosse website. "We were honored to be there, to be a part of it. For us, it's been really nice to go full field. We had a lot of opportunities at first, but we turned the ball over quite a bit. The U.S. has outstanding defense. They play a really high-pressure style, and they're super athletic. Having said all that, I thought our girls played really well. We still have a lot of work to do, to be the best team we can be. However, I'm really pleased with what we've seen so far."
Maryland returned to College Park late Sunday night and will resume practice in anticipation for its season opener at Richmond Feb. 13.