March 25, 2010
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Ten different Terps scored Thursday to lift the No. 2-ranked Maryland women's lacrosse team past No. 8 Stanford, 20-8.
Of the ten Maryland goal scorers, seven were multiple offenders, led by four from Karri Ellen Johnson and three from Laura Merrifield. Johnson, a sophomore Tewaaraton nominee, also tallied a game-high seven draw controls, the majority of which led to Maryland goals.
Following a Stanford goal by Julie Christy with 1:17 elapsed in the match, Maryland (9-0, 3-0 ACC) went on a devastating 10-0 run, highlighted by a pair of goals each from Merrifield and Johnson. Stanford, which came into the game averaging over 31 shots per game, managed only six looks at goal in the first half.
After the Cardinal's first goal, Maryland did not allow another Stanford score until 5:26 as the squads exchanged goals three times, ending with Johnson's fourth goal of the period with less than 30 seconds remaining in the half to make the score 13-4.
Stanford cut into Maryland's nine-goal lead with three unanswered scores to open up the second half, but the Terps countered with a 7-0 rally in which it controlled the ball and the pace from the 18-minute mark until the Cardinal was able to inch in one final goal with 37 seconds remaining.
The Terps were able to utilize nearly its entire bench, picking up five goals from its reserve unit. The goalkeeping corps of Brittany Dipper, Mary Jordan and Kasey Howard notched seven saves while holding its opponent to under ten goals for the eighth time in 2010.
Maryland has outscored the four top-ten foes it has faced by a total of 68-28. The Terps outshot its West Coast opponent, 43-16, to move to a perfect 4-0 against Stanford all-time.
"I thought we came out with a ton of energy," head coach Cathy Reese said. "We played with a lot of intensity and this was an outstanding team effort.
"After Boston College, we really wanted to focus on the little things and get back to the style of Maryland lacrosse that we are accustomed to. I thought today we really got back to the way we are used to playing and it was great to see."
Maryland has its shortest turnaround of the year so far when it travels to No. 20 James Madison for a non-conference tilt against the Dukes Saturday at 4 p.m.