Sept. 14, 2003
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Maryland head coach Shannon Higgins-Cirovski led her current team to a 2-2 tie against her former team -- George Washington, on a cloudy Sunday at the Mount Vernon Complex.
The Terps moved to 3-2-1 overall, the Colonials are 3-1-1.
Higgins-Cirovski, who served as the head coach at George Washington from 1991-97 and was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame last February, is now 4-0-1 all-time against the Colonials. Maryland has an 8-0-2 record in the last 10 games against George Washington dating to 1995.
Maryland had several chances in overtime to win the game. The best chances came on consecutive opportunities with eight minutes left in the second overtime. Senior Katie Ludwig (Mount Laurel, N.J.) was stopped on a point-blank shot by GW keeper Anna Handzlik. Off the rebound, sophomore Simone Dekker (Ringwood, N.J.) had another chance but defender Caite Terranova made the stop to preserve the tie.
After George Washington started out with an offensive flurry, the Terps controlled the action as Maryland took nine of the last 10 shots of the half. Colonial keeper Anna Handzlik made seven saves in the first half.
The Terps took a 2-0 lead on an own goal in the 56th minute. Colonials defender Caite Terrenova was attempting to pass the ball back Handzlik, but a miscommunication led to the keeper coming out the goal and ball going into the net.
The Colonials got on the board with their first goal against Maryland since 1998, as defender Kelly Lawten scored her first career goal in the 74th minute, making it 2-1. Lawten headed in a corner kick from Ina Kain past Maryland goalkeeper Kristen Barnhill (Charlottesville, Va.).
GW's speedy senior Kim Warner tied the game with 4:29 left in regulation as she look a long serve from Lawten and scored her fourth goal of the season to make it 2-2. Warner blasted her shot past Barnhill into the lower right corner of the goal.
Barnhill made six saves while Handzlik had 14 saves for the Colonials.
Maryland returns to action this Thursday, Sept. 18, as the Terps host the first day of the 2003 Maryland/adidas Classic at Ludwig Field. At 5 p.m. The Classic features four NCAA Tournament teams from last season. Tennessee takes on William & Mary at 5 p.m., followed by the host Terps against Loyola at 7:30 p.m. The tournament concludes on Saturday, Sept. 20, as the action moves to the SoccerPlex in Germantown, Md. Loyola faces William & Mary at 5 p.m. and the Terps play Tennessee at 7:30 p.m. For ticket information please call 301-314-7070.