No. 1 Maryland Storms Past Marist in NCAA Opener

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The storied Maryland women's lacrosse program picked up win No. 40 in NCAA Tournament play as the top-seeded Terps routed Marist, 20-5, Saturday at Ludwig Field.

Maryland (19-1) reaped the benefits of 10 different goal scorers, led by five from sophomore Karri Ellen Johnson. The Annapolis, Md., native has now scored in all 42 games she has appeared in as a Terp, a number that ranks as the third-longest streak in NCAA Division I. Sarah Mollison and Amanda Spinnenweber added hat tricks on the day while newly-crowned Atlantic Coast Conference Most Valuable Player Caitlyn McFadden added two.

The Terps, who moved to 8-2 all-time in NCAA first round action, outshot MAAC champion Marist, 29-6, en route to a commanding 11-2 lead through 30 minutes of play. Johnson completed a hat trick in the first half and Spinnenweber added two goals to pace the Terrapin attack. Maryland jumpstarted the game with four unanswered goals and went on to outscore the Red Foxes 7-1 in the final 18 minutes of the period.

After two early Marist scores in the second stanza, the Terps moved on to dominate the final 23 minutes, notching eight unanswered scores before Marist's Kelly Condon notched one last Red Fox score in the match's closing seconds.

Maryland, winner of seven-straight since tumbling at North Carolina April 10, was a perfect 10 for 10 in clears while conversely forcing 22 Red Fox turnovers. In a supreme redefending effort by the Terp attack, Johnson notched a game-high four caused turnovers while Mollison tallied three ground balls.

"I thought we really pulled it together in the second half and ended the game the way we wanted to," head coach Cathy Reese, who recently garnered her third ACC Coach of the Year honor in four seasons, said. "I was really pleased with our redefending and that really helped us create a lot of offensive opportunities."

Maryland's 46 shots was the fourth-highest shot output in NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship history while Marist's 11 shots are tied for the fifth-fewest.

The Terps advance to the quarterfinals for the fourth consecutive season and will face Penn next weekend at Ludwig Field.

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COLLEGE PARK, MD. The top-seeded Maryland Terrapins outshot the Marist women's lacrosse team 29-4 in the first half on its way to an 11-2 halftime advantage before defeating the Red Foxes 20-5 at Ludwig Field in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship Saturday.

Marist finishes the season with a record of 10-8 after winning its second Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title and making its first NCAA Tournament appearance.

Sophomore attack Kelly Condon (Roslyn, Pa.) led Marist with four goals. Ariel Kramer (Syracuse, N.Y.) had Marist's other goal and two assists.

Maryland (18-1) got on the board 35 seconds into the game, as Katie Schwarzmann put a Brandi Jones pass in the goal. Marist (10-8) withstood an early barrage of Terrapin shots to keep the game 1-0 five minutes in. The Red Foxes, however, converted on only two of four clears as Maryland dominated possession early. Maryland made the score 2-0 with 20:16 to go in the first on a Sarah Mollison free-position shot goal.

The Terrapins took a 4-0 lead at the 19:44 mark when Karri Ellen Johnson scored back-to-back goals for Maryland, prompting a Marist timeout. The Red Foxes got on the board with 18:43 to go in the first half when Condon attacked the cage to score her 41st goal of the season. Maryland grew its lead back to four, 5-1, at the 17:47 mark on Johnson's second goal of the game.

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