March 18, 2005
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The ninth-ranked Maryland women's lacrosse team will put its three-game winning streak on the line tomorrow against No. 7 Dartmouth. The Terps are coming off a thrilling 10-9 overtime when over George Mason, while the Big Green have been idle since March 10.
Fans can follow the game online with GameTracker. A GameTracker link is provided on the women's lacrosse schedule page on umterps.com as well as athletics.dartmouth.edu.
Maryland is 0-2 this season against ranked opponents (then-No. 4 Duke and then-No. 1 Virginia). Eleven Terp opponents are ranked in this week's IWLCA poll, including seven in the top 10.
A look ahead: Maryland will participate in the annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge, which is being played this year in Annapolis. The Terps will face Penn State, which scored a huge upset over Virginia, and Ohio State.
Last Time Out
Freshman Kelly Kasper scored off her own rebound in the fifth overtime period capping a furious Maryland rally to defeat George Mason, 10-9, Wednesday night. The Terps trailed 7-3 at halftime, but scored six goals in four minutes to climb back into the game. The Maryland defense held the Patriots to just two goals over the game's final 42 minutes to help secure the victory.
Trailing 7-3 after the intermission, Maryland climbed back into the game quickly in the second half with six straight goals in a span of 3:12. The Terps did not relinquish possession during that span as Casey Magor helped Maryland win seven straight draws. Katie Doolittle and Brooke Richards each netted a pair during that run, and Magor and Delia Cox also found the net as the Terps held a 9-7 lead with 26 minutes left.
The Patriots sent the game into overtime on a goal with just 1:20 left in the game. The Terps had the better chances in the overtime periods and finally came up with the game-winner in the fifth overtime session as Kasper gathered her own rebound and stuffed her second shot in the net for the goal.
Maryland held GMU to just two goals over the final 42 minutes, and the Patriots had just two shots in the five overtime periods. Terp goalie Kirah Miles made five saves on the game. The Terps forced 20 of George Mason's 27 turnovers in the game. Walker led the team with three caused turnovers and grabbed five ground balls.
Dartmouth enters Saturday's game against Maryland with a 2-0 record after lopsided wins against New Hampshire and Albany. The Big Green allowed just three goals in each of its frist two games.
The Big Green has had balanced scoring in its first two games. Katieanne Christian leads the team with nine points on seven goals and two assists, but Annie Leibovitz and Whitney Douthett also have seven points on the year.
Twelve different players have at least one point for Dartmouth.
Junior keeper Devon Wills was a third team All-America selection last season after posting a 7.56 goals-against average and a .530 save percentage last season. She was 10-6 in the cage for the Big Green a year ago.
Amy Patton is in her 13th season as head coach. The Maryland alum is 135-55 as coach of the Green Wave and directed Dartmouth to three Ivy League titles during her tenure. She has directed Dartmouth to eight NCAA Tournaments, including the national semifinals in 1998.