March 24, 2009
TOWSON, Md. - Freshman Karri Ellen Johnson scored five goals on Tuesday to propel the No. 2 Maryland women's lacrosse team to a win, 14-7, against Towson at Johnny Unitas Stadium.
Maryland (9-0, 3-0 ACC) went down a pair of scores early but rebounded with four unanswered goals after being held scoreless in the first ten minutes of the first half. Karissa Taylor scored her fifth goal of the year before Brandi Jones tallied two unassisted scores and Sarah Mollison added a free position score. Meggie McNamara cracked the Maryland drive with 7:47 remaining in the first period before Johnson scored the final goal of the half off an assist from Jones to provide Maryland with the momentum and a 5-3 lead heading into the locker room.
Sporting a mere two-goal cushion, Maryland erupted in the second stanza, as Caitlyn McFadden broke open for a pair of goals within 12 seconds of each other in the 26th minute. Johnson and Spinnenweber also added two goals each in the midst of the 6-0 run and blow the game wide open for an eight-goal Terrapin lead.
Towson picked up a pair of goals to cut the lead to six before Johnson tallied another goal, this time off a free position shot. Jacie Kendall scored an unassisted goal for the Tigers at the 9:38 mark but Maryland retaliated with a final two scores from Jones and Johnson to cap the Maryland scoring at 14 goals.
Johnson's five goals were a game-high and tied a career-best. Jones tallied a career-best six points on three goals and three assists. Jones and Caitlyn McFadden paced the Terps with three draw controls each.
"We had a strong second half with good ball movement and were able to finish shots," head coach Cathy Reese said. "I thought we really stepped up defensively in this game and I was happy to see things that we had been working on in practice."
The Terps return to competition on Friday with a match at No. 18 James Madison. Game time is slated for 7 p.m. in Harrisonburg, Va.