March 20, 2010
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - No. 2 Maryland slid past a previously undefeated Boston College team Saturday, 7-6, to gain sole possession of first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Despite being held to its lowest scoring output of the year, the Maryland defense allowed BC a mere nine shots in the match and caused 14 Eagle turnovers. Brandi Jones and Karri Ellen Johnson led the Terrapin attack with two goals apiece. Johnson, a sophomore Tewaaraton nominee, also caused three turnovers and had a team-best four draw controls.
Maryland (8-0, 3-0 ACC) started the important conference contest with a 3-0 run, sparked by a pair of assists from Sarah Mollison. A total of 20 minutes elapsed between Maryland's third goal and Boston College's first as Jill Rekart put the Eagles on the board at 5:53. Katie Schwarzmann pushed Maryland's lead back to three with just under three minutes remaining in the half before the squads exchanged goals in the period's final minute for 5-2 Terp advantage.
Lauren Costello scored with 55 seconds elapsed in the second half but Maryland quickly answered with a Johnson score at 28:20 to put the game at 6-3. Costello gave the Eagles their fourth goal at the 19:29 mark before Johnson responded again, scoring the Terps final score with 13 minutes left in the match.
A Merrifield goal at 4:48 appeared to give Maryland its largest lead of the match, but the goal was reversed after it was determined the junior from Hertfordshire, England, used an illegal stick.
BC scored two more goals for a slim 7-6 Maryland advantage, but Merrifield was able to cause a turnover and scoop up the ensuing ground ball as the Terps ran out the final minute of play.
"This was a hard-fought ACC game and we were coming off a very physical win against Georgetown on Wednesday," head coach Cathy Reese said. "We controlled the possession much better in the second half. Their goalie played really well and we were just unable to stick a lot of shots."
BC goalie Sheila Serafino notched a career-high 14 saves on the day. Maryland, which moved to 6-0 all-time against the Eagles, did not turn the ball over in the second half.
The Terps will battle No. 9 Stanford on Thursday. First draw is scheduled for 7 p.m.