May 10, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Second-seeded Maryland opened its 2009 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship with a 15-0 run en route to a convincing 20-4 win against Colgate in first round action on Sunday at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.
The Terps (20-0) utilized its speedy attack to put up ten goals in the first 15 minutes and keep the clock running for the remainder of the game. Nine different Maryland players scored in the first half, led by three from Karri Ellen Johnson. Sarah Mollison, Amanda Spinnenweber, Laura Merrifield, and Caitlyn McFadden all tallied two goals in the drive. Maryland, which won 12 more draw controls than the Raiders in the first period, did not allow Colgate (14-5) into their own offensive zone until nearly eight minutes elapsed in the contest. The Terps' attack was purely dominant, outshooting Colgate, 32-3, in the first 30 minutes.
Colgate, which entered the tournament as an automatic qualifier after winning its second-straight Patriot League championship, finally got on the board 1:45 into the second stanza. Maryland outscored the Raiders, 5-4, in the second period, but shifted much of its focus from shooting to controlling the possession. The Terps, however, did sink five of the eight shots they took in the final period.
Maryland was very successful on clears, missing only one, while forcing Colgate into a slew of turnovers as the Raiders converted a mere seven of its 20 attempts.
Mollison joined Johnson with three goals to lead the Terps. McFadden, a Tewaaraton finalist, finished with two goals and two assists. Jenny Collins added a hat trick off the bench.
"As soon as we stepped on the field we controlled the tempo and dictated the game," head coach Cathy Reese, who has now advanced to the second round for the third-straight season, said. "Our focus has been to play the best lacrosse of the season in the NCAA tournament...the first half today is a great example of Maryland lacrosse."
Maryland will face No. 7-seed Syracuse, which dropped Boston University 20-10 in its first round game, at noon next Saturday, May 16, at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.
Maryland now boasts a 38-15 record all-time in the NCAA tournament. The esteemed Terrapin program has the most tournament wins in NCAA women's lacrosse history.
Johnson now sits alone at No. 7 in most goals in a season (68) for Maryland. After notching one assist on Sunday, Mollison is tied for eighth in helpers in a season (38).
The Terps have reached the second round for the third consecutive season.
Maryland held Colgate to a season-low four goals. It is also the fewest points an opponent has scored on the Terps in 2009.
Maryland's 15 goals is tied for the second-highest scoring output in the first half in NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse Championship history. Colgate's three shots in the first period is the third-fewest in tournament history.