No. 1 Terps Survive Syracuse Stall Saturday

March 12, 2011

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - No. 12 Syracuse tried its best to slow down No. 1 Maryland's high-powered attack Saturday but the Terps were able to survive the stall and drop the Orange, 7-5.

Maryland (7-0, 2-0 ACC) was held to its lowest scoring output in 2011 and was led by senior Tewaaraton nominee Sarah Mollison, who tallied a team-high two goals and two assists. Katie Schwarzmann, Karri Ellen Johnson, Kristy Black and Brandi Jones each added a goal and an assist as the Terps notched their 17th consecutive win and moved to 11-0 all-time against Syracuse.

In a rematch of last season's national semifinal, it was evident early that Syracuse (1-3), led by former Maryland assistant Gary Gait, had visions of holding the ball as long as possible to limit the Terrapin attack's scoring opportunities. The Terps managed only six shots in the first half but capitalized on four of them to boast a 4-2 lead through 30 minutes.

The two teams broke even in the second stanza, both posting three goals, but back-to-back scores by Johnson and Mollison around the14-minute mark and a solid defensive effort provided the Terps with enough momentum for the win.

In a game where the draw control was vital, Johnson and Schwarzmann racked up four and three, respectively, to lead Maryland. Johnson, Brittany Poist and Beth Glaros tallied two caused turnovers apiece.

"Our team needed to make sure we were mentally checked-in and focused and able to come up with turnovers when the opportunity arose," head coach Cathy Reese said. "When we did that, we could push our transition and create opportunities offensively."

Maryland will take the week off from competition before making its way east for games at Boston College March 20 and Stony Brook, the site of this year's NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship, March 22.