#3 Terps Top #6 Virginia Friday

March 2, 2012

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Karri Ellen Johnson, Kelly McPartland and Katie Schwarzmann netted hat tricks to lead No. 3 Maryland past No. 6 Virginia 12-9 on Friday.

The win is Maryland's 36th consecutive at home and first in league play this season. The Terps (4-1, 1-1 ACC) picked up an additional goal each form Alex Aust, Beth Glaros, and Kristy Black. Friday's loss was the first for Virginia (3-1, 0-1 ACC) this season.

The Terps, despite scoring an uncharacteristically low five goals in the first half, were dominant in the game's opening minutes. The Maryland defense did not allow a Virginia shot in the first 14 minutes of play. Maryland boasted a 5-2 cushion heading into the half, led by two scores from Tewaaraton Watch List nominee Schwarzmann.

Maryland clearly shifted its focus to winning the draw in the second half, besting the Cavaliers 10-5 in the category including several key draws down the stretch after Virginia shrunk the Terrapin lead to 8-7 with 13:12 remaining. A 3-0 run with goals from McPartland, Schwarzmann and Alex Aust in-and-around the five minute mark gave the Terps a comfortable lead for the remainder of the match.

Beth Glaros paced the Terps with four draw controls. Kristy Black and Melissa Diepold tallied three groundballs each.

"It was a great night here in College Park," head coach Cathy Reese said. "Obviously Virginia is such a good team and a strong opponent so it was a really good win for our program at this point.

"Every possession in a game like this is huge. Both teams were able to make the possessions they had count and that was something that was important for us to do going into this game. We wanted to do well in the draw and have the opportunity to possess the ball."

Maryland heads right back to action with a match at Hofstra on Sunday.