March 31, 2010
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - No. 2 Maryland rallied from a five-goal first half deficit to drop intrastate rival No. 7 Towson, 12-10, Wednesday night.
Sarah Mollison led the Terps' late charge with three of Maryland's eight scores in the second stanza while the defense held Towson to a mere two goals in the final 38:22. Mollison finished the evening with a game-high four goals and six points, followed by Caitlyn McFadden, who tallied a pair of goals and dished out three assists. Young Terp standouts freshman Katie Schwarzmann and sophomore Karri Ellen Johnson added two goals apiece.
Maryland opened the game with a free position goal from McFadden at 24:38 but did not regain that lead until nearly 17 minutes elapsed in the second half. Following McFadden's score, Towson went on a 4-0 run before McFadden stopped the drive with a goal from a Mollison assist at 18:36. The Melbourne, Australia, native then nailed a free position two minutes later to cut the Towson lead to one before the Tigers scored four unanswered goals to push the score to 8-3. A powerful Laura Merrifield goal closed out the period and seemed to provide a glimmer of momentum on the Terrapin sideline heading into the half.
The Maryland offense awoke immediately in the second stanza, tallying five unanswered goals, including two each from Tewaaraton nominees Mollison and Johnson, and took back the lead at 16:51. Nearly eight minutes elapsed before Towson's Jackie LaMonica knotted up the score at 9-9 with 9:28 remaining in the match. However, Maryland quickly answered with a 3-0 run before giving up one final Towson score with 1:43 left to cap its 11th win of the season.
"It was another tough match against another tough opponent for us tonight," head coach Cathy Reese said. "We really turned it up a notch in the second half and took much better shots at goal. Towson has a great goalie and we really needed to take better shots in the second half, which I thought we did a good job of."
Terp goalie Mary Jordan entered the match midway through the first half and tallied four saves while surrendering only three goals to earn her second-straight win. Maryland held its opponent to ten or fewer goals for the 10th time in 2010.
Wednesday night's match was also the season finale at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex as the Terps move across campus to Ludwig Field for the remainder of the season.
Maryland has now defeated five top-ten ranked opponents this season. The Terps will get a shot at win number six Friday when it travels to No. 6 Penn for a match against the Quakers at 7 p.m. The match will be televised live on Comcast Mid-Atlantic in the Philadelphia area.