No. 7 Terps Look To Bounce Back Against Brown

March 11, 2005

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland women's lacrosse team looks to get back on the winning track tomorrow at home against Brown. The first draw will take place at noon at the Lacrosse/Field Hockey Complex. The Terps are coming off a 15-8 loss to No. 1 Virginia, while Brown defeated Quinnipiac, 4-0, in its last outing.

Maryland is unbeaten all-time against Brown, leading the all-time series 11-0. Last season, the Terps defeated Brown 21-6. The two teams have played every season since 1997.

The game is scheduled to be broadcast on

Last Time Out
Top-ranked Virginia used a 7-1 run over the last 12 minutes of the first half to down No. 7 Maryland, 15-8, on a cold and windy night in Charlottesville, Va. Jessica Dorney paced the Terps with three goals and one assist in the losing effort.

Virginia's Cary Chasney broke the scoreless tie at 18:53 on a free-position goal. The Terps responded just over a minute later as Brooke Richards worked behind the cage and found Dorney cutting to the net for the score at 17:35.

Still tied 1-1 with 12:45 on the clock, the Cavs broke the game open with six goals over the next nine minutes to pull away from the Terps. Tyler Leachman and Amy Appelt each had a pair of goals during that stretch, and Nikki Lieb and Chasney also chipped in goals.

Acacia Walker stopped the UVa run at the 3:00-mark after connecting on a pass from Annie Collins. Appelt gave the Cavaliers an 8-2 advantage going into halftime after an unassisted goal at 2:26.

Despite the eight goals, Kirah Miles held up well in goal making eight saves over the first 30 minutes.

Virginia continued to stretch its lead in the second half scoring five goals in the first 10 minutes. Dorney added a score for Maryland in that run after Walker drew a double team and dished it to her in front of the net.

Trailing 13-3, the Terps mounted a run late in the game. Maryland went on a 3-0 run from 11:22-8:53 on goals from Lauren Cohen, Dorney and Kelly Kasper. The Cavs ended Maryland's bid for a comeback, though, notching a pair of goals just 25 seconds apart with just over five minutes left in the game for a 15-6 lead.

Cohen added a score and Delia Cox found the back of the net to close out the scoring in the game.

Scouting The Bears
Brown opened its 2005 campaign with a 6-5 loss to Holy Cross a week ago and picked up its first win of the season Tuesday against Quinnipiac.

Kate Staley, the team's leading scorer from 2004, leads the team with four goals along with Jen Redd. Amie Biros is the only other player to score a goal this season for Brown, and the Bears have just one assist on their nine goals this year (Ali Holland).

The Bears return just three starters but 17 letterwinners from last year's 7-8 team.

Senior goalkeeper Julia Southard is one of the returning starters for Brown. Last season, she posted a 12.22 goals-against average and made 101 saves.

Last season against Brown, Kelly Coppedge scored seven goals and two assists as the Terps won 21-6 in Providence, R.I.

Brown coach Keely McDonald is in her first season as head coach. McDonald is a Brown alum who spent assistant coaching stints at Princeton and Northwestern.

Last Year vs. Brown
Maryland got a career-high nine points from Kelly Coppedge on seven goals and two assists and cruised to a 21-6 victory over Brown in Providence, R.I.

Maryland got off to a quick start, scoring the game's first five goals, highlighted by a Coppedge goal in which she took a feed from behind the net from Acacia Walker, turned her back to the cage, and fired a shot over her shoulder that found the back of the net.

Brown registered its first score of the game midway through the first half, but the Terps responded with three straight goals from Katie Doolittle, Krista Pellizzi and Walker. Brown's Laurel Pierpont goal made the score 8-2, but Coppedge scored three straight of her own to push the lead to 11-2. A late score by the Bears' Sarah Passano made the score 11-3 at the half.

After a Delia Cox goal to open the second half, Brown made a run at the Terps scoring three unanswered goals and cut the lead in half, 12-6. But the Terps would hold the Bears scoreless for the game's last 24 minutes and add nine more goals.

A Tale of Two Halves
In three of Maryland's first four games, the Terps have been plagued by slow starts. Against Duke, Old Dominion and Virginia, Maryland combined four just four goals in the first 30 minutes of action. However, the Terps are able to hit their stride in the second half, outscoring opponents 28-17.

Up Next
The Terps return to action on Monday, March 14, against Denver in a homecoming for Pioneer head coach Cathy Nelson Reese and assistant Jen Adams. The game will begin at 4 p.m. at the Lacrosse/Field Hockey Complex.