March 31, 2006
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Kelly Kasper scored five goals and added four assists as the seventh-ranked Maryland Terrapins rolled past Virginia Tech, 18-9. Krista Pellizzi added eight points on five goals and three assists as the Terps won their sixth in a row and their first ACC contest of the year.
"We again came out with very good intensity, and really set the tone of the game early," head coach Cindy Timchal said. "We did a great job winning draws which helped us play our game."
In addition to her career-high nine points, Kasper pulled down seven of Maryland's 24 draws on the night. She also contributed two groundballs and forced two turnovers.
The Terps (9-3, 1-2 ACC) took an early 3-0 lead, highlighted by a goal by Casey Magor from Kasper. On the play, Kasper won the draw but the play was whistled dead. On the whistle, Kasper sent a pass ahead that bounced twice, was scooped up by Magor and promptly put it in the goal.
Virginia Tech's Stephanie Jones got the Hokies on the board in the eighth minute of play, but the Terps responded with another 3-0 run in which Kasper had two goals and an assist to Katie Doolittle. Britt Faulkner cut into the deficit with an unassisted goal with 8:30 left to play, but that would be as close as Virginia Tech would get. Delia Cox scored her first of two goals on the night and Pellizzi added two more in the final two minutes of the half to give Maryland a 9-2 lead.
Maryland continued to pour it on the second half scoring the first four goals in the first three minutes of action. The goals came off the sticks of four different players as Magor, Pellizzi, Doolittle and Brooke Richards each found the back of the net to stretch the Terrapin lead to 13-2 with still 27 minutes left in the game.
The Hokies would out-score Maryland 6-4 over the next 22 minutes of play, including three goals from Lindsay Pieper. The Terps then scored another highlight-reel goal when Pellizzi won a draw, raced down field and slipped a bounce pass on the turf and through the Virginia Tech defense to Kasper who finished for the score. Natasha Fuchs scored a hard-fought goal with just :22 seconds left in the game to complete the scoring.
Maeve McKew and Meghan Higgins each won four draws for the Terps, helping to contribute to the glaring 24-5 advantage. Maryland out-shot Virginia Tech, 35-21, and was a perfect 4-4 on free-position shots.
The Terps will be back in action on Wednesday, April 5, against No. 4 Georgetown. Game time is slated for 7 p.m.
SCORE BY PERIOD 1 2 Tot ------------------------------- Virginia Tech....... 2 7 - 9 Maryland............ 9 9 - 18
Virginia Tech SCORING: GOALS: Lindsay Pieper 3; Natasha Fuchs 2; Britt Faulkner 1; Stephanie Jones 1; Katie Boyle 1; Katie Russo 1. ASSISTS: Natasha Fuchs 2.
Virginia Tech GROUND BALLS: Casey Goodman 3; Jamie Webster 3; Katie Boyle 2; Christina Griel 2; Bryana Keenan 2; Britt Faulkner 1; Christen Fratter 1; Natasha Fuchs 1; Jackie Gray 1; Stephanie Jones 1; Lindsay Pieper 1; Katie Russo 1; Caitlin Thomas 1.
Maryland GROUND BALLS: Lauren Cohen 3; Delia Cox 2; Katie Doolittle 2; Kelly Kasper 2; Krista Pellizzi 2; Martha Raver 2; Allie Buote 1; Becky Clipp 1; Casey Magor 1; Kate McWilliams 1; Katie Princiotto 1.
Virginia Tech TURNOVERS CAUSED: Katie Boyle 2; Christen Fratter 2; Lindsay Pieper 2; Natasha Fuchs 1; Jamie Webster 1. Maryland TURNOVERS CAUSED: Lauren Cohen 2; Kelly Kasper 2; Delia Cox 1; Kate McWilliams 1; Krista Pellizzi 1; Martha Raver 1.
SHOTS - Virginia Tech 21; Maryland 35. SHOTS ON GOAL - Virginia Tech 11; Maryland 26.
TURNOVERS - Virginia Tech 17; Maryland 18.
CLEARS - Virginia Tech 16-21; Maryland 10-14.
Start time: 7:01 pm Finish time: 08:25 Length of game: 1:24 Officials: Bonnie Lang; Tim Bateman; John Johnston. Scorer: az.