Mollison Leads #1 Terps by Mids to Quarterfinals

COLLEGE PARK, Md. Senior Tewaaraton finalist Sarah Mollison racked up four goals and four assists in limited action as No. 1 Maryland coasted by Navy, 19-6, in the first round of the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship Saturday.

With eight points on the day, Mollison moved up to sixth all-time in career points at Maryland, passing 2010 Tewaaraton winner Caitlyn McFadden. The Terps (19-1) also picked up three goals each from Kristy Black, Laura Merrifield and Bria Phillips as the offense erupted for its highest scoring output since March 22.

Katie Schwarzmann, who, in addition to Mollison, was tabbed a Tewaaraton finalist late last week, registered two goals and three assists on the day as Maryland advanced to the quarterfinal round for the fifth consecutive season.

After an explosive 4-0 run in the game's opening minutes, the Terrapin defense allotted a pair of Navy scores around the 20-minute mark but ultimately ran away with the first half, capping the stanza with six unanswered goals.

With the clock running the entire second period, Maryland was able to utilize its entire bench, including both reserve goalies. Alex Aust and Phillips led the Terps in the second half, boasting two scores a piece.

Defensively, Beth Glaros and Mollison each racked up two caused turnovers while Glaros, a freshman, added three draw controls and a pair of ground balls. Maryland has now held 28 of its last 31 opponents to 10 or fewer goals.

"I was really pleased with our effort today overall," head coach Cathy Reese said. "I thought it was a really well-played game for us. We have had a couple weeks off, which gave us the time to refocus, reset and heal. Today was a really good effort from our team."

Maryland, which picked up its 60th win in NCAA Tournament history, welcomes either Princeton or James Madison next Saturday for a ticket to this year's final four in Stony Brook, N.Y.

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College Park, Md. - The nationally top-ranked Maryland women's lacrosse team (19-1) defeated Navy (15-6), 19-6, in the NCAA First Round at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex on Saturday afternoon. Navy concludes its fourth season of varsity lacrosse with back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Tournament.

"For Navy to be here in the NCAA First Round was very special for our team and our program," said head coach Cindy Timchal, who coached for 16 seasons at Maryland and won eight national championships. "We got off to a slow start and that really hurt us today, but we hung in there. We're a young team and we will learn how to be stronger and tougher in the future. I want to credit Maryland, they were truly spectacular today, especially early in the game."

Maryland jumped out to a 12-2 halftime lead and extended it to 14-2 early in the second half. The Mids played better after the break, being outscored 7-4 in the second half. Maryland advances to the NCAA Quarterfinals, where the team will host Princeton next weekend.

"We knew what to expect but we started off too slow," said team captain Caitlin Mandrin Hill, "We threw the ball away and we didn't take care of possession. I think it would have been a closer game if we could have done the things that we needed to do. But Maryland was phenomenal and they played great."

Maryland displayed its quick-attack offense early in the game, scoring three goals in the first 1:45 of the game, including two in a nine-second span, before adding one more at 26:45 to stake an early 4-0 lead.

Navy freshman Aimee Gennaro then converted on a goal to put the Mids on the board. Senior Caitlin Mandrin Hill was behind the net and hit a driving Gennaro coming down the left side.

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