April 2, 2005
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Katie Doolittle scored five goals and an assist to lead Maryland to a 14-7 ACC victory over Virginia Tech Saturday afternoon in Blacksburg. Annie Collins added five points on three goals and two assists for the Terps, and the defense forced 15 of the Hokies' 24 turnovers in the win.
Doolittle's five goals and six points were each career highs. For Collins, it was her third straight game with at least four points.
"It's nice to get our first ACC win of the season," head coach Cindy Timchal said as her team improved to 7-4 on the year and 1-2 in the ACC. "I feel like we came out with good intensity and did a good job of controlling the game from the start. We could have been a little more sharp on offense at times, but we made up for it with hustle through the midfield and on defense."
Doolittle scored first for the Terps on a free-position shot at 24:41. Less than a minute later, Collins found Brooke Richards around the edge of the net where she converted on a tough angle. The two teams traded possessions for the next seven minutes before Greta Sommers threaded a pass to Doolittle for a goal at the 16-minute mark. Collins bounced a free-position shot past the goalie and Kelly Kasper scored on a nice catch-and-shoot on a pass from Richards to push the lead to 5-0 with just over two minutes left in the half. Britt Faulkner got the Hokies on the scoreboard with just :19 seconds left in the first half on a tough unassisted goal through traffic. Maryland went into the half with a 5-1 lead.
Despite a 4-3 advantage in draw controls for the Hokies, Maryland controlled the action with 18 shots. Virginia Tech had 12 turnovers in the first half, seven of which were caused by Maryland.
Acacia Walker opened the second half with a goal for the Terps before Faulkner tallied a pair for Virginia Tech to make the score 6-3. Collins helped Maryland to its next two goals, scoring once and assisting on Doolittle's goal. The Hokies again pulled to within three goals at 8-5 with just under 15 minutes to play after Lindsay Pieper and Stephanie Jones scored, but the Terps closed the game with a 6-2 run. Doolittle notched a pair, and Kasper, Collins, Cox and Walker added scores to finish off the Hokies.
In addition to their stellar offensive performances, Doolittle and Collins also helped the Terps on the defensive end causing three turnovers each. Greta Sommers helped limit the Hokies' leading scorer, Natasha Fuchs, to just one assist and scooped a team-high five ground balls.
#9 Maryland (7-4, 1-2) 5 9 14 Virginia Tech (3-6, 0-1) 1 6 7
GAME SCORING (G-A-P)
Maryland: Katie Doolittle (5-1-6), Annie Collins (3-2-5), Acacia Walker (2-0-2), Kelly Kasper (2-0-2), Brooke Richards (0-1-1), Greta Sommers (0-2-2), Delia Cox (1-0-1), Jessica Dorney (0-1-1), Krista Pellizzi (0-1-1); Virginia Tech:Britt Faulkner (4-0-4), Stephanie Jones (1-0-1), Kate Schilling (1-0-1), Lindsay Pieper (1-0-1), Kady McBrearty (0-1-1), Natasha Fuchs (0-1-1)