Third-Ranked Women's Lacrosse Too Much for Greyhounds
May 3, 1998
BALTIMORE - -- Sophomore midfielder Christie Jenkins had three second-half goals and senior Sascha Newmarch had two goals and four assists as the third-ranked Maryland women's lacrosse team defeated fourth-ranked Loyola, 13-9, in the regular-season finale played at Curley Field Sunday afternoon.
Jenkins' three goals were instrumental in turning a 5-3 Maryland advantage at halftime into as much as a six-goal bulge in the second half. Her second goal came with 18:06 remaining and the Terps (15-3) clinging to a 6-5 lead, and her final score came just four minutes later and ended a four-goal barrage that gave Maryland an insurmountable 10-5 lead.
Loyola (12-3), which lost its second straight game to a team ranked in the top three in the nation, last led at the 9:21 mark of the first half after Kathleen O'Shea's free-position goal gave the Greyhounds a 3-2 lead. Noelle Mitchell had both of her goals and Jen Adams had her second goal in the next nine minutes, giving the Terps that 5-3 halftime advantage.
Jen Testrake (career-high four goals) and Erin Wylde scored in the first ten minutes of the second half to cut the Loyola deficit back to one, but the Greyhounds got no closer thanks to the Maryland four-goal spurt. Cathy Nelson and Meredith Egan also had goals in that span.
Newmarch, who moved into fifth place on Maryland's all-time scoring list, was held in check on the scoring front but excelled as a feeder. She found four different Maryland players for goals and moved past the 80-point mark on the season. Nelson had a goal and two assists for the Terps, who had assists on seven of their 13 goals. Both teams await tonight's NCAA tournament selection, which takes place at 9 p.m. The Greyhounds have reached the national semifinals each of the last two seasons, including the championship game last year. Maryland is the three-time defending national champion and has reached the tournament eight consecutive years.
Maryland 5-8-13 Loyola 3-6-9