No. 1 Maryland Sprints by Massachusetts

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Nine different players accounted for 14 Terrapin goals Saturday as No. 1 Maryland downed A-10 champion UMass, 14-4, at Ludwig Field. The Terps (17-1) were led in scoring by two goals each from Sarah Mollison, Karri Ellen Johnson, Laura Merrifield, Kate Faas and Alex Aust. Mollison added a pair of assists for a game-high four points.

Maryland, which erupted for seven unanswered goals to start the match, began the first period with goals coming via the Jones sisters as Brandi netted the game's first score at 25:56 and Brittany utilized a Mollison assist at 19:41 for a 2-0 Terp lead. Merrifield tacked on a free position score with 15 minutes remaining in the half before unassisted goals by Johnson, Mollison, Caitlyn McFadden and Faas extended Maryland's lead to 7-0.

UMass finally got on the board with 8:52 remaining as Jesse O'Donnell capitalized on a free position opportunity. Maryland outshot the Minutewomen a commanding 18-6 through the first 30 minutes of play.

The Terps kicked off the second stanza much as they did the first, notching a 4-0 run courtesy of goals from Merrifield, Amanda Spinnenweber, Johnson and Aust. Aust's tally at 18:05 off an assist from fellow freshman Katie Schwarzmann moved the game to 11-1 and kept the clock running until Danielle Pelletier cut the Terrapin lead back to nine a minute later. Maryland went on to outscore UMass 3-2 to close out the match and secure its 17th win of the 2010 campaign.

"We played well overall and showed a lot of good hustle," head coach Cathy Reese said. "We got to see a lot of good looks from all of our players today and it was especially nice to see some of our younger players get chances to contribute."

Three of UMass's goal came via free position shots as Maryland held its foe to 10 or fewer goals for the 15th time this season. Brittany Dipper picked up the win in the cage while making four saves in 30 minutes of work. McFadden added a game-high three caused turnovers while senior defender Karissa Taylor tallied two caused turnovers and two ground balls while holding A-10 Player of the Year Jackie Lyons scoreless.

Maryland returns to action for Senior Day next Saturday as it plays host to No. 11 Dartmouth at noon.

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - No. 1 Maryland jumped out to a 7-0 start and never looked back as the Terps defeated the UMass women's lacrosse team 14-4 on Saturday at Ludwig Field. UMass senior Merritt Cosgrove led the Minutewomen with two goals as she started her 73rd career game which is a new program record.

UMass will play the winner of Sunday's Stanford/Denver Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championship game in next weekend's NCAA Play-In Game. That game will be hosted by the winner of the MPSF championship.

In Saturday's meeting with the Terps, Maryland (17-1) held UMass to just one first half goal while jumping out to a 7-0 lead in the first 18 minutes of play. Jesse O'Donnell put UMass on the board with 8:52 remaining in the first half to make it 7-1 at the intermission.

In the second half, Maryland tacked on four more goals before Danielle Pelletier scored an unassisted goal to make it 11-2 with 17:06 remaining in the game. The Terps scored another three goals in nearly three minutes to push the score to 14-2 with 13:47 left before Cosgrove closed the scoring with both her goals in the final 11 minutes.

Maryland held a commanding 29-to-13 shot advantage but draw controls were even at 10. The Terps forced UMass into 17 turnovers while committing just 10.

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2010-05-01



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