Seniors Steal Spotlight Saturday

May 8, 2010

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Terrapin seniors racked up eight goals as No. 1 Maryland routed No. 12 Dartmouth, 17-6, on Senior Day Saturday.

Tewaaraton nominee Caitlyn McFadden led the veteran charge with four goals, including two within the first five minutes of play. The senior class also picked up two scores from Brittany Jones and one apiece from Jenny Collins and Kate Faas. Sophomore Kristy Black added a hat trick on the day.

Maryland opened the match on an 8-2 run before Dartmouth scored two late goals to make it a four-goal contest at the half. McFadden scored or assisted on the first three goals of the game while Black netted three goals in the first half alone. Maryland outshot its foe, 15-9, in the first 30 minutes and also racked up three more draw controls than the Big Green, which fell in the Ivy League Championship game to sixth-ranked Penn its last time out.

The Terps took their four-goal cushion and ran with it in the second stanza, boasting a devastating eight unanswered scores, highlighted by a pair of goals from Katie Schwarzmann, while keeping the clock rolling at 22:59 with a 10-goal lead. Maryland's defense did not allow a Big Green score in the second half until Courtney Bennett nailed a free position shot at 14:50. Dartmouth would get one more free position tally from Bennett in the match but would get no closer as Maryland closed out the game with a goal from Bri. Jones at 2:01.

With the win, Maryland caps its 12th perfect regular season in program history. The Terps have held 17 of its 19 opponents to 10 or fewer goals and is now 12-1 against foes ranked in the top 20 in 2010. Defensively, senior Tewaaraton nominee Karissa Taylor led the way with three ground balls and two caused turnovers. Schwarzmann added four ground balls and a pair of caused turnovers.

"This was a great game and I am really proud of our team effort," head coach Cathy Reese said, after her team boasted nine goal-scorers for the second-straight match. "We really came out strong in the second half.

"This was a great day for our seniors and a great day for Maryland."

The senior class of 2010 - including Taylor, McFadden, Jones, Faas, Collins, Allie Perkins, Abby Caso, Meg McGarvey and Amanda Spinnenweber - was honored prior to Saturday's first draw.

Maryland will learn its NCAA Tournament seed when the bracket is announced between 10-11 p.m. Sunday on CBS College Sports. The Terps boast the top-ranking in both major polls as well as the best RPI in NCAA Division I.