March 9, 2010
FAIRFAX, Va. - No. 2 Maryland utilized a ferocious start to drop George Mason, 16-4, on the road in women's lacrosse action Tuesday.
Maryland (5-0, 2-0 ACC) jumped out to a massive 10-0 lead before George Mason even registered its first shot of the day. Tewaaraton nominee Caitlyn McFadden tallied six points in the devastating run, mustering two goals and four assists.
Mason's Megan Udovich finally stymied Maryland's momentum with a pair of goals with two minutes remaining in the first half. It was the first goal the tenacious Terrapin defense had surrendered in over 67 minutes of play after holding No. 9 Virginia scoreless the final 39:43 of Friday's match. Brittany Jones scored with the clock winding down in the first stanza for an 11-2 Maryland lead at half.
The Terps outscored Mason 5-2 in the second period and held a significant 14-7 shot advantage. A swarming Maryland defense forced Mason into 11 turnovers in the second half alone while the Patriots were successful on a mere 10-of-18 clear attempts on the match.
Maryland, which faced three ranked teams in its first four matches, was able to employ the majority of its bench Tuesday as 28 Terps landed on the box score. Nine different players scored with McFadden leading the charge with a hat trick and four assists for a season-high seven points. The senior added five ground balls and three caused turnovers to aid Maryland defensively as well. Karri Ellen Johnson, Alex Aust, Amanda Spinnenweber, Brandi Jones and Katie Schwarzmann each notched two goals apiece.
"It was our first midweek game so we knew it was going to be tough, especially with George Mason coming out fighting hard," head coach Cathy Reese said. "We wanted to execute the way we know how and I believe we did that today.
"I really liked our re-defending and I thought we did a great job of smothering in the midfield. I am happy with our overall performance but of course, as a coach, there are things that I feel we need to clean up."
Maryland, which moved its record to 6-0 all-time against George Mason, returns home to the friendly confines of the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex Saturday for a match against No. 15 New Hampshire at noon.