March 11, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The No. 2 Maryland women's lacrosse team possessed an early lead and held on tight Wednesday, downing its third top ten-ranked opponent in a row with a road win against No. 8 Georgetown, 14-12, at Multi-Sport Field.
Brittany Jones picked up the first of Maryland's four unassisted goals in the game's opening play before Amanda Spinnenweber, Sarah Mollison and Laura Merrifield netted scores, continuing to show the Terps' balanced attack. Jordy Kirr netted a pair of goals for Georgetown as the game sat at 4-2 before Brandi Jones connected on a free position shot to give Maryland a three-goal lead with 11:15 remaining in the period. Karri Ellen Johnson extended the Terrapin lead to four with a goal off an assist from Caitlyn McFadden with a little over eight minutes left in the first half.
Georgetown answered by going on a 3-0 run to put the score at 6-5 before a score from Spinnenweber with one second remaining gave the Terps a two-goal cushion heading into the half.
Mollison, the reigning ACC Player of the Week, opened the second period with a goal but Georgetown responded by scoring four unanswered goals - the most Maryland has surrendered this season.
The Maryland defense proceeded by doing what it has done all-season long. The backline stymied the Hoya offense down the stretch, allowing only two goals in the last 20 minutes of play while the Maryland offense countered with a five-goal tear to remain perfect on the year.
The Terps moved to 5-0 on the year while Georgetown fell to 3-2. Brittany Dipper had six saves at goalie for the win. Brandi Jones had three goals and one assist while McFadden added two goals and two assists to lead the Terp offense.
"I was proud that our team found a way to win today," head coach Cathy Reese said. "We made some mistakes that a good Georgetown team was able to capitalize on but it's good to walk away with a win on this one and just focus on the next task at hand with New Hampshire coming in on Sunday."
Maryland returns to action Sunday afternoon with a match against No. 13 New Hampshire at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex. Game time is 1 p.m.