Defense Steps Up as No. 2 Women's Lacrosse Downs Boston College, 10-5

March 21, 2009

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - A stingy Maryland defense granted only 12 shots Saturday afternoon as the second-ranked Terps women's lacrosse team upended Boston College, 10-5, in ACC action at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.

While the defense created plenty of turmoil for the Eagles, the Maryland offense registered 33 shots, including 22 in the first half alone.

Maryland (8-0, 3-0 ACC) jumped out to a 3-0 lead after reigning Offensive Player of the Week Brandi Jones nailed a free position shot and made a nice jab step to shake her defender and tally an unassisted score at the 21-minute mark. Caitlyn McFadden put up the Terps' third score off an 8-meter chance before BC's Kristin Igoe got the Eagles on the board courtesy of a free position goal with 18:31 remaining in the first stanza.

The Terps retaliated by registering its biggest run of the game with four unanswered scores to close out the half. Sarah Mollison made a tremendous cut up the middle for a goal to start the run before Laura Merrifield went overtop her defender to move the score to 5-1. McFadden picked up her game-high second and third goals in the third minute to give Maryland a six-goal edge. The Terps allotted a mere three BC shots in the first 30 minutes of play.

"Defensively we were sharp and solid and were able to force quite a few turnovers which we were able to convert into scoring chances," head coach Cathy Reese said.

Lauren Costello provided Boston College with its second goal and free position score of the game with over ten minutes elapsed in the second period. Amanda Spinnenweber found Karri Ellen Johnson on a cut to split the Eagle defense and move the Maryland lead back to six at 14:53.

Following a Lauren Fitzpatrick goal, Terrapin junior Jenny Collins went coast-to-coast for a score and Merrifield used her size advantage to go over a BC defender for a 10-3 score and the biggest lead of the game for the Terps.

Boston College (6-3, 0-2 ACC) would add two more goals to round out the game, but the Maryland defense clamped down to stay on top of the conference standings with two ACC matches remaining.

"All-in-all we created a ton of offensive opportunities," Reese said. "I thought it was a great team effort."

Maryland was nearly perfect on clears, going 13-for-14 while Boston College was 10-for-17. The Terps also more than doubled Boston College's draw controls and ground balls output. Goalie Katie Monaghan did all she could to help the Eagles, tallying 15 saves in the loss. Spinnenweber wrapped up a team-high four draw controls and two assists. Merrifield added five ground balls and a pair of caused turnovers.

The Terps will play three games in the next eight days, beginning with a road tilt at Towson on Tuesday. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.