March 3, 2005
RICHMOND, Va. - Kirah Miles stopped 14 shots and Maryland poured in 10 first half goals as the Terps downed Richmond, 14-6, Thursday afternoon at First Bank Stadium. Delia Cox and Acacia Walker each scored a hat trick, and Brooke Richards led all scorers with four points on two goals and two assists.
Miles' 14 saves are a season-high, and are just three shy of her career high (17 vs. Virginia).
"We were able to take Richmond out of what they wanted to do, especially early on in the game," head coach Cindy Timchal said as Maryland improved to 2-1 on the season. "It seemed like once we got a lead the pace picked up and we were able to get in some kind of rhythm.
"We still have to improve and get better, and work on putting together a complete game."
Richmond won the opening draw and controlled the ball for nearly two minutes before firing a shot that was saved by Miles. Walker quickly converted on the other end for the Terps for the early lead. The Spiders won the ensuing draw, but another Miles save started the Maryland offense. Cox put Maryland up 2-0 after converting on a free-position shot at 22:09.
After an Ashley Friend free-position goal at 17:14, it was all Terps the rest of the first half as Maryland won 10 of the next 11 draw controls and went on a 6-0 run over the next 11 minutes to take command of the game. Annie Collins contributed two goals in the run, and Kelly Kasper, Jessica Dorney, Richards and Cox added scores for the Terps during that stretch.
Allison Nuzzi tallied a goal and Kristen Habicht scored on a strong shot from the top of the 8-meter arc to cut the deficit to 8-3, but Maryland scores by Walker and Cox pushed Maryland's advantage to seven goals.
The Terps didn't let up in the second half, scoring three straight in the first 16 minutes as Walker, Richards and Krista Pellizzi each found the back of the net. Miles made five saves before Richmond was able to go on a late 3-0 run. Morgan Vahue scored unassisted at 13:38, followed by a goal by Caroline McGuire at 6:19 and a score by Habicht just over a minute later.
Meghan Higgins controlled the next draw for Maryland and Pellizzi promptly ended Richmond's run at 4:37. The two teams traded possessions over the next four minutes as time expired.
Richmond out-shot Maryland 28-26, but Miles was able to stop most of the Spiders' best attempts. Greta Sommers and Cox each led Maryland with four ground balls.
The Terps will be back in action next Tuesday against top-ranked Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. The Cavs, the defending national champion, defeated Maryland twice last season.
#7 Maryland (2-1) 10 4 14 Richmond (0-1) 3 3 6
Maryland Scoring (G-A-P): Brooke Richards (2-2-4), Delia Cox (3-0-3), Acacia Walker (3-0-3), Annie Collins (2-1-3), Krista Pellizzi (2-0-2), Kelly Kasper (1-1-2), Jessica Dorney (1-0-1), Mollie Reese (0-1-1)
Richmond Scoring (G-A-P): Kristen Habicht (2-1-3), Caroline McGuire (1-0-1), Ashley Friend (1-0-1), Allison Nuzzi (1-0-1), Morgan Vahue (1-0-1), Claire Cunniff (0-1-1)
Richmond Goalkeeping (GA/Svs/Mins): Jackie Swansburg (14/7/60)