March 27, 2010
HARRISONBURG, Pa. - Freshman Katie Schwarzmann scored the most important goal of her young collegiate career Saturday when she nailed the game-winner with 5:56 remaining to lift No. 2 Maryland over No. 20 James Madison, 8-7.
Schwarzmann's third goal of the match came via an assist from Brandi Jones who joined the freshman with a team-high three points on the day. Sarah Mollison, Caitlyn McFadden, Karri Ellen Johnson, and Kristy Black also tallied a goal to move Maryland to 10-0 on the year.
The Terps, playing in their second match in three days, were put to the test by a JMU squad that dropped No. 5 Virginia on the road in its last outing. The Dukes opened the match with three unanswered scores before Johnson extended her goal-scoring streak to 32 games with Maryland's first goal at 24:03. Following another Duke score, Maryland rallied for a 2-0 run with scores by McFadden and Schwarzmann to shrink JMU's lead to one with 3:38 remaining in the first half. The two teams exchanged goals to end the period at 5-4 heading into the locker room.
JMU extended its lead to 7-4 to open the second stanza before Jones accounted for three out of six points in Maryland's four-goal rally, including a pair of assists and a goal to start the run at 22:45. Jones found Mollison for a one-goal match at 16:43 and Black tied up the score with an unassisted goal with a little less than ten minutes remaining in the contest. Schwarzmann sealed the Terps' comeback at 5:56.
Terp Goalie Mary Jordan held the Dukes to only two goals in the second half and picked up three saves to pick her first win of 2010. The Terps outshot their opponent for the tenth time this season and forced James Madison into eight second-half turnovers.
"I'm really proud of our team for finding a way to come away with this win," head coach Cathy Reese said. "After a slow start, we really turned things around, sped up the pace of the game and came together as a team."
Maryland returns home Wednesday for a match against Towson. Opening draw is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.