March 4, 2006
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 5 Maryland women's lacrosse team got hat tricks from Delia Cox, Kelly Kasper and Krista Pellizzi as the Terps defeated Richmond, 12-9, Saturday afternoon at the Lacrosse & Field Hockey Complex. The Terps led nearly the entire game, but had to withstand a late Spider rally to come away with the victory.
Pellizzi led all scorers with a career-high five points against Richmond. Cox had four points on a three goals and an assist, and Kasper added three goals to lead the Terps offensively. The Maryland defense held its opponent to under 10 goals for the fourth consecutive game. Allie Buote made six saves to pick up the win in goal for the Terps.
"This was a very good win for us," head coach Cindy Timchal said. "We built a nice lead, and we were able to hold it. We still have some things we need to work on, but this was a step in the right direction. Richmond is a good team and they really fought hard, so give them credit."
Richmond (1-2) won the opening draw, but promptly turned the ball over. The Terps (3-2) converted in transition as Katie Princiotto finished a feed from Casey Magor to put the Terps up in the third minute of the game. Richmond responded with a free-position goal from Morgan Vahue just over a minute later to knot the game at 1-1. The Terps then staged a 3-0 run, and would never trail the rest of the way. Cox, Kasper and Pellizzi netted goals to give the Terps a 4-1 cushion with just under 24 minutes left in the game.
After a Richmond time out, the pace of the game slowed and in Maryland's next possession, Richmond goalkeeper Jackie Swansburg came up with three saves to help keep the Terps off the board. The Spiders converted on the other end of the field as Jenna Hubbard scored on an assist from Allison Nuzziin the 14th minute.
The Terps responded with a pair of unassisted goals from Cox and Kasper to push the Terp lead to 6-2. Vahue again scored on a free-position goal to cut the lead in half, but Pellizzi found the back of the net again just before half to give Maryland the 7-3 edge at the half.
The Terps won the opening draw of the second half, but a quick turnover turned into a Mandy Friend goal on the other end for Richmond less than a minute into the second half. Maryland would then go on an important 4-0 run over the game's next 10 minutes to take an 11-4 lead with just under 20 minutes left in the game. Pellizzi, Cox and senior Brooke Richards each scored a goal and an assist to help spark the run.
After a Spider timeout, Richmond gained some momentum with a 3-0 run of its own. Mandy Friend registered two of those scores, while Caroline McGuire converted the other, making the score 11-7 with 15:08 remaining.
Maryland won the ensuing draw, but Swansburg again came up with big saves, stopping two Terrapin free-position shots. The Spiders could not take advantage, though, with a turnover on their next possession. Terp goalie Allie Buote scooped the groundball, and the Terps successfully moved the ball into the offensive zone. Facing another free-position attempt, Pellizzi this time passed off the 8-meter arc and found Kate McWilliams just outside the crease who converted for her first career score.
Down 12-7 with 8:27 left in the game, Richmond won the next two draws and turned those possessions into scores on goals from McGuire and Mandy Friend to pull within three with two minutes left in the game. However, Cox came up with the next draw control, and the Terps were successfully able to hold onto the ball and run out the clock.
The Terrapins will be back in action this Tuesday, March 7, for an ACC showdown against Virginia. The game, which will be televised on CSTV, will draw at 7 p.m. at the Lacrosse & Field Hockey Complex.
SCORE BY PERIOD 1 2 Tot ------------------------------- Richmond............ 3 6 - 9 Maryland............ 7 5 - 12
Richmond SCORING: GOALS: FRIEND, Mandy 4; VAHUE, Morgan 2; MCGUIRE, Caroline 2; HUBBARD, Jenna 1. ASSISTS: NUZZI, Allison 1; VAHUE, Morgan 1.
Maryland SCORING: GOALS: Krista Pellizzi 3; Delia Cox 3; Kelly Kasper 3; Brooke Richards 1; Katie Princiotto 1; Kate McWilliams 1. ASSISTS: Krista Pellizzi 2; Delia Cox 1; Casey Magor 1; Brooke Richards 1.
Richmond GROUND BALLS: MCGUIRE, Caroline 4; FRIEND, Ashley 3; TRACT, Samantha 3; KENNEDY, Erin 2; SWANSBURG, Jackie 2; VAHUE, Morgan 2; CUNNIFF, Claire 1; FRIEND, Mandy 1; HUBBARD, Jenna 1; NUZZI, Allison 1; RIEDY, Megan 1.
SHOTS - Richmond 22; Maryland 30. SHOTS ON GOAL - Richmond 15; Maryland 22.
TURNOVERS - Richmond 13; Maryland 14.
CLEARS - Richmond 7-9; Maryland 8-12.
GOALIES - UR: SWANSBURG, Jackie (57:55 minutes, 22 shots-10 saves, 12 GA); MD: Allie Buote (57:55, 15-6, 9).
Start time: 2:02 pm Finish time: 3:39 Length of game: 1:37 Officials: Ronnie Anton; Allie Lang; Patty Morris.
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