May 21, 2011
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Sarah Mollison and Katie Schwarzmann scored four goals apiece, and Brittany Dipper posted a career-high 15 saves to lead top-seeded Maryland to a 15-6 victory over Princeton Saturday in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship.
Mollison scored all of her goals in the first half, including three in a 30-second span that increased the Maryland (20-1) lead to 8-3.
Schwarzmann took over in the second half.
After being held with a goal in the first 30 minutes, the sophomore erupted with all four of her goals in the first 13:11 of the second half. Her final tally gave the Terps a 13-4 lead. Schwarzmann also added a pair of assists.
No. 12 seed Princeton (12-7) led 3-1 midway through the first half on a pair of goals by Cassie Pyle and the Tigers could have had more were it not for Dipper who had a number of key saves from point-blank range.
Laura Merrifield, who had three goals, tied the game at 3-all with 8:25 left in the first half. It was the first of seven straight goals for the Terps.
"Obviously we're really excited to be in the position we're in today. It was quite a game," head coach Cathy Reese said. "They forced us to do a lot of things we didn't really want to do and I thought they played really hard. So we're really pleased to be heading to Stony Brook for the Final Four."
Kristy Black also had three goals for Maryland which posted its sixth-straight win over Princeton and faces fifth-seeded Duke Friday in the NCAA semifinals at Stony Brook.
The game will be played at 5 p.m. at Lavalle Stadium. Third-seeded North Carolina and No. 2 seed Northwestern will play in the other semifinal at 7:30 p.m. The finals are scheduled for Sunday, May 29. Click here for information.