March 17, 2010
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Sophomore Karri Ellen Johnson netted five scores and No. 2 Maryland put up 20 goals for the second consecutive game as the Terps ran away with a 20-11 win against No. 7 Georgetown Wednesday.
Three of Johnson's five goals came in the opening minutes of the second stanza to provide Maryland (7-0, 2-0 ACC) some breathing room and a six-goal cushion after an even-played first half. The Hoyas outscored Maryland 5-2 in the first 11 minutes of the game before goals by Kate Faas, Laura Merrifield, and Brandi Jones tied the game and a Brittany Jones score at 11:47 gave the Terps the eventual game-winner.
The Terrapin defense stepped up the intensity in the second half, allowing only five Hoya goals in the period. Maryland trumped Georgetown 23-10 in the draw control category, led by five from junior Brandi Jones.
"It was a hard-fought game both ways and I thought we responded really well and were able to keep our composure throughout the game," head coach Cathy Reese said. "We made a few defensive adjustments at the half and really did a good job of taking care of business on that end of the field in the final 30 minutes."
Johnson continued her goal-scoring streak, scoring in all 29 games she has appeared in since her arrival to College Park a year ago. Caitlyn McFadden added five points on three goals and two assists. The senior Tewaaraton nominee also scooped up two ground balls and three draw controls and moved her streak to 31-straight games with at least one point. Merrifield added two goals as Maryland toppled its fifth nationally-ranked opponent this season.
Maryland, which continues to hold its opponent to a mere 6.57 goals per game, returns to conference play Saturday with a match against Boston College at noon.