May 15, 2010
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The storied Maryland women's lacrosse program picked up win No. 40 in NCAA Tournament play as the top-seeded Terps routed Marist, 20-5, Saturday at Ludwig Field.
Maryland (19-1) reaped the benefits of 10 different goal scorers, led by five from sophomore Karri Ellen Johnson. The Annapolis, Md., native has now scored in all 42 games she has appeared in as a Terp, a number that ranks as the third-longest streak in NCAA Division I. Sarah Mollison and Amanda Spinnenweber added hat tricks on the day while newly-crowned Atlantic Coast Conference Most Valuable Player Caitlyn McFadden added two.
The Terps, who moved to 8-2 all-time in NCAA first round action, outshot MAAC champion Marist, 29-6, en route to a commanding 11-2 lead through 30 minutes of play. Johnson completed a hat trick in the first half and Spinnenweber added two goals to pace the Terrapin attack. Maryland jumpstarted the game with four unanswered goals and went on to outscore the Red Foxes 7-1 in the final 18 minutes of the period.
After two early Marist scores in the second stanza, the Terps moved on to dominate the final 23 minutes, notching eight unanswered scores before Marist's Kelly Condon notched one last Red Fox score in the match's closing seconds.
Maryland, winner of seven-straight since tumbling at North Carolina April 10, was a perfect 10-for-10 in clears while conversely forcing 22 Red Fox turnovers. In a supreme redefending effort by the Terp attack, Johnson notched a game-high four caused turnovers while Mollison tallied three ground balls.
"I thought we really pulled it together in the second half and ended the game the way we wanted to," head coach Cathy Reese, who recently garnered her third ACC Coach of the Year honor in four seasons, said. "I was really pleased with our redefending and that really helped us create a lot of offensive opportunities."
Maryland's 46 shots was the fourth-highest shot output in NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship history while Marist's 11 shots are tied for the fifth-fewest.
The Terps advance to the quarterfinals for the fourth consecutive season and will face No. 8 seed Penn Saturday at noon at Ludwig Field with a trip to the final four on the line.