March 19, 2005
HANOVER, N.H. - Seventh-ranked Dartmouth held off a late Maryland rally to hold on for a 10-8 win Saturday afternoon at Sculley-Fahey Field. Delia Cox paced the Maryland offense with four goals.
The Terps started off the game strong as Jessica Dorney put Maryland up early after scoring on a re-start just outside the 8-meter arc at 27:27. The Big Green countered early to tie the score on a goal by Sarah Sanborn in which she got through the center of the Maryland defense and shot in the lower-right corner.
Maryland then rattled off three straight scores in just 2:45. Dorney worked deep on the right side and drew the attention of the Dartmouth defense before firing a pass across the crease to an open Delia Cox who finished for the score at 19:51. Annie Collins then drew a free-position attempt after getting knocked to the ground by Annie Leibovitz. She converted her attempt to give Maryland a 3-1 lead. Cox then gave Maryland a three-goal cushion at the 17:06 mark after getting her shot through a double team into the upper-left corner.
The Big Green mounted a rally late in the first half to get back into the game. Jen Pittman started the Darmouth rally with a score at 5:11. Whitney Douthett tacked on a score just 26 seconds later after spinning at the 8-meter arc to get an open look. Leibovitz tied the game at 4-4 after finishing a pass from behind the cage from Douthett. Dartmouth then took the lead for the first time after Sarah Szefi gathered the ground ball off her own rebound in front of the cage and scored with just 16 seconds left in the half.
The Terp offense could still not get on track in the second half as the Big Green continued to capitalize on its offensive possessions. Kirah Miles helped keep Dartmouth off the board in the 10 minutes of the second half, but the Big Green went on to score five of the game's next six goals to take command of the game, 10-5. Kristen Barry and Sarah Szefi each notched a pair, and Katieanne Christian added the other score for the Big Green. Maryland's Delia Cox sandwiched a goal amid Dartmouth's run, ending Maryland's 34-minute scoring drought.
Trailing 10-5 with just over seven minutes left, Cox again knifed through a double team to get to the cage for a score. Annie Collins scored on a tough angle on the right-side of the net to cut the deficit to three with 6:06 remaining.
After a save by Dartmouth's Devon Wills, the Terps then forced the goalkeeper to throw the ball out of bounds and give the Terps possession. On the re-start, Brooke Richards found Katie Doolittle who finished for the goal at 3:50.
Maryland was able to force a Dartmouth turnover after the draw control, but were unable to get clear looks at the goal as Wills was able to make a pair of easy saves down the stretch.
Miles made 12 saves in the game, while Wills stopped seven Maryland shots.
The Terps will be back in action next weekend at the ACC/Big Ten Challenge in Annapolis, Md. Maryland will face Penn State on Friday, March 25, at 7 p.m. at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium.