March 7, 2005
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The Maryland women's lacrosse team will take on the top-ranked team in the country on the road in Charlottesville, Va., as the Terps take on Virginia. The game will begin at 7 p.m. at University Hall Turf Field and will be broadcast live on the internet on www.wmucsports.com.
After dropping its season-opener, the Terps rebounded for a pair of victories last week. Maryland erased a one-goal halftime deficit to down Old Dominion, 13-6, and jumped out on Richmond early en route to a 14-6 victory.
Virginia opened its season on Saturday with a 15-7 win over Syracuse.
The Terps lead the all-time series 20-11, but have lost three straight to the `Hoos, including two last season. Maryland's last win against UVa came in Charlottesville, Va., in the 2003 ACC finals. All three of those games have been decided by two goals or less.
The Terps will return home for a Saturday contest against Brown. The Bears (0-1) will face Quinnipiac on Tuesday before making the trip to College Park. The game will begin at noon at the Lacrosse/Field Hockey contest. Audio for the game has yet to be determined. (Check umterps.com for broadcast information later in the week.)
#7 Maryland @ Virginia
University Hall Turf Field
#7 Maryland vs. Brown
The Week That Was
Maryland went 2-0 last week picking up road victories against Old Dominion and Richmond. Senior midfielder paced the Terps with eight goals in two games, including a career-high five against the Lady Monarchs. Maryland remained undefeated all-time against the two teams, with a 12-0 lead in the series against Richmond and a 23-0 advantage against Old Dominion.
Against ODU, the Terps went into the half trailing 2-1, but scored five goals in the first six minutes of the second half to rally for a 13-6 win.
Walker helped ignite the Terps' second half run along with freshman Kelly Kasper. Walker went for five goals in the second half, including three in the first five minutes of Maryland's key second half run. Kasper had a goal and an assist during that stretch, Delia Cox chipped in a goal and Annie Collins and Mollie Reese contributed assists to stake Maryland out to a 6-2 lead with just over 26 minutes left in the game. The Terps would put the game away later after another five-goal run.
Walker's six points (5g, 1a) matched a career high for the midfielder. Kasper finished the game with five points on four goals and one assist. She also led Maryland with five ground balls and five caused turnovers.
Against Richmond, Kirah Miles stopped 14 shots and Maryland poured in 10 first half goals as the Terps downed the Spiders, 14-6. Delia Cox and Acacia Walker each scored a hat trick, and Brooke Richards led all scorers with four points on two goals and two assists.
Maryland took an early 2-1 lead before winning 10 of the next 11 draws and going on a 6-0 run over 11 minutes of action. Annie Collins contributed two goals in the run, and Kelly Kasper, Jessica Dorney, Richards and Cox added scores for the Terps during that stretch.
Leading 10-3 at the break, the Terps didn't let up in the second half scoring three straight in the first 16 minutes as Walker, Richards and Krista Pellizzi each found the back of the net. Miles made five saves before Richmond was able to go on a late 3-0 run.
Richmond out-shot Maryland 28-26, but Miles was able to stop most of the Spiders' best attempts. Greta Sommers and Cox each led Maryland with four ground balls.
A Tale of Two Halves
In Maryland's first two games, the Terps got off to slow starts before turning it on the second half. In its third game, the opposite was the case.
Against Duke and Old Dominion, Maryland managed just one goal first half goal in each game. However, the Terps outscored their opponents 18-7 in the final 30 minutes.
Against Richmond, Maryland raced out and scored 10 goals in the first half, but managed just four goals the rest of the way.
On the year, Maryland is outscoring opponents 22-10 in the second half.
Plenty of Miles
Goalkeeper Kirah Miles had two of her best performances of the season last year against Virginia.
Miles recorded 17 saves in each game against the `Hoos (a career high), and help limit UVa to two of its lowest-scoring outputs of the season (10 goals on March 9, 9 goals on April 23 at the ACC Tournament).
Virginia, the 2004 ACC and NCAA champions, enter Tuesday's contest with a 1-0 record. The `Hoos defeated Syracuse 15-7 on Saturday in their opener.
UVa's headliner is the 2004 ACC Player of the Year and Tewaaraton Award winner Amy Appelt. Appelt scored an astonishing 121 points last season (90g, 31a). In two meetings against Maryland last year, Appelt scored six points (6g, 0a).
The `Hoos attack is not limited to just Appelt, and not just Appelt scoring goals. In the opener against Syracuse, Tyler Leachman netted five goals for UVa. Appelt had eight points -- three goals and a game-high five assists.
Virginia has a new starter in goal this season in Ginger Miles. Miles, out of Eleanor Roosevelt High in Hyattsville, Md., is a junior who made her first career start against Syracuse. She made 10 saves and allowed seven goals in 60 minutes of work.
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