Sixth-Ranked Terp Women Laxers Handle Ohio State, 17-8

March 26, 2006

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Sixth-ranked Maryland raced out to an early lead and never looked back as the Terrapins defeated Ohio State, 17-8, Sunday afternoon at the Lacrosse & Field Hockey Complex. Katie Doolittle had a hat trick before the game was even five minutes old and finished with four goals and an assist as the Terrapins won their fourth-straight game.

Delia Cox scored three goals and two assists, Kelly Kasper added a pair of goals and three assists and Katie Princiotto came off the bench to net four scores for the Terps. Lauren Cohen forced a game-high four turnovers, and Megan Cassara added two to help lead the Terrapins on defense.

"Our intensity to start the game was tremendous, and that was a real key," head coach Cindy Timchal said. "We weren't as sharp from start to finish as I'd like, but this was a tough week for us, so I'm happy to get the win."

The Terps (8-3) came out hot with five goals in the first seven minutes of play as Maryland won four of the first five draws of the game. Doolittle registered three of those scores, and Cox and Pellizzi added goals. Ohio State (0-7) got on the board at when Jessica Pantane found KC Carter for a score with 22:24 left.

Princiotto scored two of Maryland's next three goals as the Terps pushed their lead to 8-1 with 12:06 remaining in the half. After a pair of Ohio State scores from Natale Miller and Kelly Kremer made it 9-3 late in the second half, Maryland's Becky Clipp raced down the field in transition and scored as the first half expired.

Despite the late score, the Terrapins could not seize on that momentum as the Buckeyes opened the second half with goals two goals from Kelyn Laws and one from Kristen Hannon to pull within four with over 21 minutes left to play. Maryland re-gained control, though, as the Terps outscored Ohio State 7-2 the rest of the way. Cox and Princiotto each had two second half goals, and Doolittle, Kasper and Casey Magor each added scores to secure the victory.

Maryland dominated possession by winning 16-of-27 draw controls, and by committing a season-low 11 turnovers. Kasper won a season-high eight draws herself. The Terps out-shot Ohio State by a glaring 49-15 margin, but OSU goalie Kristen Gilwee managed 20 saves for the Buckeyes.

The ACC went 4-0 this weekend in the ACC/ALC Challenge as the North Carolina Tar Heels also won its contests against Ohio State and Penn State.

The Terrapins return to action this Friday, March 31, for an ACC matchup against Virginia Tech. The first draw from the Lacrosse & Field Hockey Complex will be at 7 p.m.

SCORE BY PERIOD       1  2  Tot
Ohio State..........  3  5 -  8
Maryland............ 10  7 - 17

Ohio State SCORING: GOALS: Laws, Kelyn 2; Patane, Jessica 2; Kremer, Kelly 1; Hannon, Kristen 1; Miller, Natale 1; Carter, KC 1. ASSISTS: Laws, Kelyn 2; Kremer, Kelly 1; Patane, Jessica 1.

Maryland SCORING: GOALS: Katie Doolittle 4; Katie Princiotto 4; Delia Cox 3; Kelly Kasper 2; Krista Pellizzi 2; Casey Magor 1; Becky Clipp 1. ASSISTS: Kelly Kasper 3; Delia Cox 2; Krista Pellizzi 2; Becky Clipp 1; Katie Doolittle 1; Casey Magor 1.

Ohio State GROUND BALLS: Meredith, Alicia 4; Gilwee, Kristen 2; Carter, KC 1; Graf, Libby 1; Gysin, Kendall 1; Kremer, Kelly 1; MacMeekin, Ally 1; Miller, Natale 1; Slahor, Kristen 1; Weiner, Lindsay 1.

Maryland GROUND BALLS: Allie Buote 3; Megan Cassara 3; Becky Clipp 3; Kelly Kasper 3; Maeve McKew 3; Krista Pellizzi 3; Lauren Cohen 2; Casey Magor 2; Kate McWilliams 2; Katie Princiotto 2; Katie Doolittle 1; Meghan Higgins 1; Mindy Jones 1.

Ohio State TURNOVERS CAUSED: Meredith, Alicia 2; Graf, Libby 1; Kremer, Kelly 1; Miller, Natale 1. Maryland TURNOVERS CAUSED: Lauren Cohen 4; Megan Cassara 3; Becky Clipp 2; Kelly Kasper 2; Casey Magor 2; Maeve McKew 1; Krista Pellizzi 1; Katie Princiotto 1.

SHOTS - Ohio State 15; Maryland 49. SHOTS ON GOAL - Ohio State 12; Maryland 37.

TURNOVERS - Ohio State 22; Maryland 11.

CLEARS - Ohio State 15-21; Maryland 17-20.

GOALIES - OSU: Gilwee, Kristen (60:00 minutes, 37 shots-20 saves, 17 GA); MD: Allie Buote (59:01, 12-4, 8) , Lynne Cooper (00:59, 0-0, 0).

Start time: 2:11 Finish time: 3:53 Length of game: 1:42 Officials: Lynn Bowers; Sandy Goldthorpe; John Singleton.

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