Maryland Women's Lacrosse Takes On Denver

March 14, 2005

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland (3-2) looks to continue its winning ways today at 4 p.m. at the Lacrosse/Field Hockey Complex against Denver (1-5). The Terps are fresh off a 20-6 victory over Brown on Saturday, while the Pioneers fell to Towson in their last outing.

The Terps won last year's meeting against Denver 19-4 in College Park.

Last Time Out
Seventh-ranked Maryland poured in 14 second half goals on its way to a 20-7 victory over Brown Saturday afternoon at the Lacrosse/Field Hockey Complex. Acacia Walker scored a career-high seven points on five goals and two assists while Delia Cox tallied four goals and Brooke Richards had two goals and two assists in the victory.


Game Information
#7 Maryland vs. Denver
Lacrosse/Field Hockey Complex
4 p.m.


Maryland continued its trend of strong second half play against Brown, outscoring opponents 42-20 on the season in the second half. Eleven different players scored goald for the Terps.

"We had a nice start, but then we weren't as connected the rest of the way," head coach Cindy Timchal said. "We came out in the second half and were hungry and sharp, and we played well at both ends of the field. We were causing turnovers, getting loose balls and then finishing."

The Terps jumped on the Bears early, scoring twice in the game's opening 1:30 on Jessica Dorney's behind-the-back goal and Cox's score off the ensuing draw control. Walker put the Terps in front 3-0, but Brown stayed in the game mounting a 4-2 run over the game's next 22 minutes.

After the Bears' Sarah Passano made the score 5-4 with just over a minute left in the first half, Brown won the following draw control but turned it over in its offensive zone with 37 seconds remaining. Walker scooped up the ground ball starting the Maryland break, and Mollie Reese connected on a pass to Richards to give Maryland a 6-4 lead heading into the half.

The Terps broke the game open early in the second half scoring eight unanswered goals in the half's opening 11 minutes. Cox accounted for three goals and Walker had two in the Terp run, and Meredith O'Brien and Krista Pellizzi each converted on free-position shots while Katie Doolittle finished on a feed from Becky Clipp.

Brown finally got on the board in the second half at the 13:34 mark when Jen Redd converted a free-position for the Bears. The Terps did not let up, though, going on a 6-0 run in the game's next 11 minutes. Lauren Cohen helped key that run with a pair of scores.

Brown scored two goals in the game's final minute as Mimi DeTolla and Redd found the net for the Bears.

Maryland vastly improved possession in the second half by controlling 12-of-17 draws in the game's final 30 minutes. The Bears had won 8-of-11 in the first half in keeping the game close. The Terps outshot Brown by a decisive 43-23 margin and forced 16 of Brown's 28 turnovers in the game. Greta Sommers led Maryland with three caused turnovers, while Megan Sommar, Walker and Doolittle forced two. Clipp scooped up a game-high seven ground balls for the Terrapins.

In addition to her career-high seven points, Walker also controlled six draws and grabbed four ground balls on the day for the Terrapins.

Kirah Miles stopped five shots in goal before giving way to Kate Capelle and Allie Buote. Capelle played six minutes stopping three shots, while Buote stopped three shots in just two minutes of action.

Maryland's 14 second half goals were the most in a half since the Terps scored the same amount in the first half against Denver last season.

Scouting The Pioneers
Denver enters today's game with a 1-5 record. The Pioneers took an early 2-0 lead against Towson but ultimately fell, 13-7, in their last outing.

The Pioneers are coached by two former Maryland greats, Cathy Nelson Reese and Jen Adams. Reese is in her second season as head coach after posting a 7-12 mark in her first campaign. Adams is in her first season as an assistant with the Pioneers after joining the staff in the summer.

Three of Denver's five losses have come against nationally ranked opponents, including No. 3 Northwestern, No. 4 Duke and No. 15 Towson. The Pioneers' victory came against Oregon.

Denver is led by Baltimore native Megan Carver. Carver has 14 goals and four assists on the season. Steph Greenlees has contributed 17 points on the season with 12 goals and five assists. Kate Broderick leads the Pioneers with 27 draw controls on the season.

Steph Schneider has worked every minute of every game between the pipes for Denver. She is allowing 14.78 goals per game but has made 76 saves in six games.

Scoring Streaks
Annie Collins owns the team's longest scoring streak at eight games after scoring in each of Maryland's first five games (and the Terps' last three from last season). Jessica Dorney is the only other Terp to score a point in each Maryland game this year.

Up Next
The Terps will play their third game in five days on Wednesday at George Mason. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m. Maryland will next play at home on Saturday, April 9, against Johns Hopkins.