April 24, 2005
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Eight different Maryland players scored goals to lead the Terps to a convincing 20-4 win over No. 13 Syracuse Saturday afternoon at Ludwig Field. Annie Collins led all scorers with five goals and two assists, and Kelly Kasper added four goals to help pace the Terp offense. Kirah Miles made 10 saves in the cage to help limit the Syracuse offense to its lowest output of the season.
"This was a real complete performance for us," head coach Cindy Timchal said. "The key was coming out with great intensity in the first few minutes and sustaining that energy throughout the game. We were sharp offensively and made good decisions with the ball. Our defense was also very good because Syracuse has good athletes and we just didn't allow them any free space to work with."
The Terps (10-5) will take a three-game winning streak into next weekend's ACC Tournament in Baltimore. Maryland, the tournament's third seed, will take on second-seeded Virginia in the semifinals on Friday, April 29, at 1 p.m. The 'Hoos edged the Terps in the ACC Semifinals a season ago, 9-7, and defeated Maryland earlier this season.
The 20 goals against the Orange match Maryland's season-high total this season (the Terps also scored 20 against Brown on March 12). Collins' five goals and seven points were career bests, and Kasper's four goals matched her career high. Jessica Dorney and Katie Doolittle each added a hat trick and an assist to lead Maryland.
The Maryland defense stifled the Orange offense all day, refusing to allow quality looks. Syracuse's leading scorer Caitlyn Dragon was held scoreless on just two shots, and Monica Joines netted just one goal for the Orange. The Terp defense also allowed Syracuse just one second half goal.
Casey Magor, making her first career start for the Terps, took most of the draws for the Terps and helped Maryland dominate possession. Collins and Doolittle scored off the first two draws to give Maryland a 2-0 lead after just two minutes played. Joines scored two minutes later to make it 2-1 at the 26-minute mark, but that was as close as the Orange would be the rest of the day. Maryland went on a 3-0 run before Syracuse scored again, and then rattled off five more in the next 10 minutes to take a commanding 10-2 lead.
After Allison Furstenburg scored at 7:38, it appeared as though the Orange would go into the half down 10-3, but Collins fought her way to the goal in the waning seconds of the first half and scored her second goal of the afternoon with just two seconds left.
Syracuse's Gaddy Fortune tested Miles in the first half, getting off eight of Syracuse's 15 shots. Miles, though, responded with seven of her 10 saves in the first frame.
Kasper and Doolittle each registered hat tricks in the first half and Brooke Richards also contributed three assists. The Terps controlled the possession by winning 10 of the 15 first half draws.
Furstenburg scored first in the second half for Syracuse to make it 11-4, but that was the last score for the Orange. Maryland scored nine more goals over the game's final 28 minutes to complete the rout. Collins had three goals in that run, and Dorney added a pair for the Terps. Cox, Kasper, Krista Pellizzi and Meredith O'Brien each found the back of the net for Maryland in the second half.
Syracuse was just 1-of-8 on free-position shots on the afternoon, compared to 4-of-5 for Maryland.
Scoring 1 2 F #13 Syracuse (10-4) 3 1 4 #7 Maryland (10-5) 9 11 20INDIVIDUAL SCORING (G-A-P)
Maryland: Annie Collins (5-2-7), Kelly Kasper (4-0-4), Jessica Dorney (3-1-4), Katie Doolittle (3-1-4), Brooke Richards (0-3-3), Delia Cox (2-0-2), Krista Pellizzi (1-0-1), Casey Magor (1-0-1), Meredith O'Brien; Syracuse: Allison Furstenburg (2-0-2), Monica Joines (1-0-1), Gaddy Fortune (1-0-1) INDIVIDUAL GOALKEEPING (Svs.-GA-Mins)
Maryland: Kirah Miles (10-4-53), Kate Capelle (0-0-5), Allie Buote (2-0-2); Syracuse: Jen Kasel (4-18-53), Bethel Steele (0-2-7)