May 12, 2005
PRINCETON, N.J. - The Princeton Tigers put on a late first half surge and shut down Maryland's offense in the second half on its way to a 16-8 win Thursday afternoon at Class of 1952 Stadium in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Princeton (13-4) was led by Kathleen Miller's five goals and one assist, and Lindsey Biles added four goals and two assists to pace the Tiger attack. Elizabeth Pillion, who did not play the last time the two teams met, added a hat trick.
The Terps, who end the season with a 12-7 mark, were led offensively by two goals apiece from freshman Kelly Kasper and sophomore Katie Doolittle. Senior Greta Sommers scored a goal and forced three turnovers and had four ground balls for the Terps.
"It just wasn't our day, and it wasn't our day because we faced a very good Princeton team who played us very tough," head coach Cindy Timchal said. "I'm very proud of this group and what they accomplished, but we just came up short today. We are disappointed for all of our players, but especially our seniors who really laid it all on the line for us today."
In controlling the possession of the game, the Tigers limited outshot Maryland by a 31-17 margin, and held a 16-10 advantage in draw controls. The Terps committed 22 turnovers in the game as they failed to get in an offensive rhythm.
Princeton controlled the ball early on, but the Terps managed a 3-2 lead through 14 minutes of action after Katie Doolittle finished off a rebound on a Jessica Dorney shot. The Tigers surged at the end of the half, though, going on a 5-1 run in the half's last six minutes. Biles sparked the Princeton run scoring two goals and assisting on another. Kasper scored Maryland's fourth goal in the game and her second on the afternoon after working through traffic and holding off a defender on her back.
Princeton out-shot Maryland 14-7 on its way to the 7-4 halftime advantage.
The Tigers kept things rolling in the second half, with Miller scoring three times for Princeton in the second half's opening 12 minutes to make the score 10-4. The Terps were unable to sustain quality possessions during that span, turning the ball over in the offensive zone before being able to get a shot off. After another Elizabeth Pillion goal, Greta Sommers got Maryland on the board in the second half after controlling the draw and racing down the field and drawing a foul in the fan. She bounced her free-position shot past Sarah Kolodner for the score.
Princeton fired right back off the draw with Pillion getting past the Terrapin defense and scoring to make it 12-5. Just a minute later, Brooke Richards worked just right of the cage and fired back to find Casey Magor for the goal. The Tigers went on a 4-0 spurt over the game's next eight minutes to stretch its lead to 16-6. Doolittle scored on a free-position shot and Acacia Walker scored the last goal of her stellar career to round out the Terp scoring effort.
With the win, Princeton advances to face the winner of Northwestern-Mount St. Mary's on Sunday.
Maryland (12-7) 4 4 8 Princeton (13-4) 7 9 16