No. 1 Northwestern Holds Off Maryland, 13-8

Feb. 13, 2006

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Top-ranked Northwestern overcame a 4-0 first half deficit to defeat ninth-ranked Maryland, 13-8, Monday afternoon at the Lacrosse and Field Hockey Complex. Delia Cox scored three goals and added three assists in the loss.

"I thought we came out with great intensity and were very smart with the ball," head coach Cindy Timchal said. "They then frustrated us a bit with their defense and got on a little bit of a roll and made it tough to come back. They are a great team, but I thought we really fought hard and competed."

The Terps roared out of the gates with a 4-0 run to start the first half. Cox helped spark the run with an assist on the game's first goal by Casey Magor, and after a Kelly Kasper goal, scored a pair on her own.

The Wildcats regrouped, though, and closed the half with a 7-0 run of its own. Kristen Kjellman and Aly Josephs each scored two goals during the run as Northwestern took a 7-4 lead at the half.

Maryland pulled back into the game after starting the second half strong. Cox scored unassisted just a minute into the second half and assisted on a Kasper goal to pull the Terps to within one goal with just over 26 minutes left in the game.

The Terps won the ensuing draw control, but were unable to capitalize on the possession. The Wildcats took the opportunity to push their lead to 9-6 after Laura Glassanos scored a pair of goals just 17 seconds apart.

Magor won the next draw, and the Terps took advantage with a goal by Krista Pellizzi to make the score 9-7. Maryland again won the draw, but turned the ball over in the offensive end. Lindsey Munday then scored a free-position goal at 17:42 to give Northwestern a 10-7 lead.

The Wildcats won the next draw and Hannah Nielson scored on an assist from Kristen Kjellman. Kjellman won the next draw, but the two teams exchanged chances before Pellizzi scored her second goal of the day to pull the Terps to 11-8 with over 13 minutes left.

Northwestern controlled possession the rest of the way and added scores from Meredith Frank and Kjellman to end the game.

Allie Buote, making her first career start, made nine saves. Lauren Cohen chipped in three caused turnovers on defense for the Terps.

Maryland will return to action next Sunday against Ohio. The first draw from the Lacrosse & Field Hockey Complex will be at noon.

SCORE BY PERIOD       1  2  Tot
Northwestern........  7  6 - 13
Maryland............  4  4 -  8

Northwestern SCORING: GOALS: Kristen Kjellman 3; Laura Glassanos 3; Aly Josephs 2; Meredith Frank 2; Lindsey Munday 1; Hannah Nielson 1; Sarah Albrecht 1. ASSISTS: Kristen Kjellman 3; Sarah Albrecht 1; Laura Glassanos 1; Lindsey Munday 1; Hannah Nielson 1.

Maryland SCORING: GOALS: Delia Cox 3; Kelly Kasper 2; Krista Pellizzi 2; Casey Magor 1. ASSISTS: Delia Cox 3; Casey Magor 1.

Northwestern GROUND BALLS: Aly Josephs 5; Sarah Albrecht 3; Meredith Frank 3; Hannah Nielson 3; Abby Bangser 2; Hilary Bowen 2; Annie Elliott 2; Kristen Kjellman 2; Emily Lovett 2; Christy Finch 1; Morgan Lathrop 1; Lindsey Munday 1.

Maryland GROUND BALLS: Allie Buote 7; Lauren Cohen 5; Becky Clipp 2; Kelly Kasper 2; Delia Cox 1; Katie Doolittle 1; Jen Greenberg 1; Krista Pellizzi 1; Katie Princiotto 1; Brooke Richards 1.

Northwestern TURNOVERS CAUSED: Meredith Frank 5; Christy Finch 4; Annie Elliott 2; Sarah Albrecht 1; Emily Lovett 1; Hannah Nielson 1. Maryland TURNOVERS CAUSED: Lauren Cohen 3; Katie Doolittle 2; Allie Buote 1; Becky Clipp 1; Delia Cox 1; Kelly Kasper 1; Brooke Richards 1.

SHOTS - Northwestern 32; Maryland 17. SHOTS ON GOAL - Northwestern 22; Maryland 10.

TURNOVERS - Northwestern 17; Maryland 24.

FACEOFFS - Northwestern 0-0; Maryland 0-0.

CLEARS - Northwestern 15-16; Maryland 16-21.

GOALIES - NU: Abby Bangser (60:00 minutes, 10 shots-2 saves, 8 GA); MD: Allie Buote (60:00, 22-9, 13).

Start time: 1:01 pm Finish time: 2:43 pm Length of game: 1:42 Officials: Fran Trumbo; Bonnie Lang; Tim Lang.

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