March 29, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Junior Brittany Jones had a breakout game Sunday, tallying a career-high six goals as the No. 2 Maryland women's lacrosse team won an offensive battle against No. 14 Stanford, 20-12, at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.
Maryland (11-0, 3-0 ACC) played inspired out of the gate, notching a 4-0 run with goals coming from Karri Ellen Johnson, Amanda Spinnenweber, Brandi Jones and Laura Merrifield. In total, Maryland presented an incredibly balanced attack as eight different Terps scored to begin the game and spark Maryland to an 8-2 lead with ten minutes remaining in the first half.
"We pride ourselves on being a team that can move the ball around quickly," head coach Cathy Reese said. "It was great to see us get scoring from our different offensive weapons."
The Terrapin offense continued to take center stage throughout the first half. After Stanford tallied two scores around the seven-minute mark, Maryland answered with three goals, including two from Bri. Jones to move the score to 11-4. Stanford midfielder Julie Christy netted two of her team-high five goals to cut Maryland's lead to five with two minutes remaining in the period before Sarah Mollison's free position goal provided the Terps with their 12th goal of the half. Two quick eight-meter scores from Stanford within the closing minute of the first stanza left the score at 12-8.
Bri. Jones continued her career-day with a goal to begin the second half and Mollison followed suit, finding the back of the net off a Johnson assist. Christy hit a free position before Maryland caught fire again, tallying four straight scores to give Maryland its biggest cushion of the game at 18-9. The Cardinal was able to pick up three more goals but Mollison and Bri. Jones ended the game with assists from defenders Karissa Taylor and Brittany Poist, respectively, to end the game and give Maryland its seventh win over a ranked opponent this season.
The win ties Maryland's best start since 2003 when the Terps began their year with 11-straight wins before ending the season in the NCAA semifinals. Bri. Jones' six goals ties a season-high for Maryland as Johnson scored six against No. 18 James Madison on Friday. Mollison added four goals and three assists for a game-high seven points. Poist paced the defense with four caused turnovers and three ground balls. Terp goalie Brittany Dipper made seven saves in the winning effort.
"I thought we came out really sharp today," Reese said. "We moved the ball well and, overall, just had a solid performance offensively."
Maryland returns to action at the ACC/ALC Challenge at The Ohio State University next weekend.