Seniors Shine as No. 5 Maryland Routs No. 15 Georgetown

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Senior Kristy Black tallied a career-high five goals to help lift No. 5 Maryland over #15 Georgetown 19-10 Wednesday on Senior Night.

The Terps (17-3) picked up their fourth win in six, including their third against an opponent ranked in the top 15 nationally. Alex Aust led the attack with seven points on four goals and three assists. The three helpers moved the junior into third on the Terps' single-season list with 50.

It was evident early that Maryland intended to put an exclamation point on its grueling six-day stretch. Following an early Georgetown (8-7) goal in the opening minute, the Terrapin offense exploded for a crushing 7-0 run and outscored the Hoyas 12-3 in the first stanza.

Maryland dominated the draw in the first half, winning the category 11-5. Senior goalie Brittany Dipper racked up five saves in the period to lead the Maryland defense.

The Terps broke even with Georgetown in the second period and survived a 3-0 run by the Hoyas to start the half.

Maryland picked up goals from eight different players on the night, including a hat trick from freshman Kelly McPartland. Seniors Karri Ellen Johnson and Bria Phillips combined for three goals. Johnson led all players with a season-high eight draw controls. Katie Schwarzmann added four points on two goals and two assists.

“I have a wonderful group of seniors,” head coach Cathy Reese said. “This is a day to honor them and be excited for them but our season is not over. Hopefully there's a lot of lacrosse left to play and that is what we keep stressing.”

Maryland, which punched its postseason ticket by capturing its fourth straight conference title Monday, will learn its seed when the 2012 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship bracket is announced May 6.

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – No. 15 Georgetown fell to the No. 5 Maryland (17-3), 19-10, Wednesday evening at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex. The Hoyas had a solid second half, but it wasn't enough to get the victory as the Blue & Gray dropped to 8-7 on the season.

"I thought Maryland came out and played hard, played fast and we reacted to them. You have to give a lot of credit to Maryland because they are an athletic team," said Georgetown Head Coach Ricky Fried. "In the second half, we played to our ability and we played fast, while we made some mistakes, we competed at a high level for 30 minutes, but 30 minutes isn't enough out of a 60-minute game."

Senior midfielder Erin Lovett (Wantagh, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) started it out winning the draw and coming down for the unassisted tally less than a minute in. The Terps scored on the ensuing possession, which sparked a 7-0 run that lasted 14 minutes.

At 14:05, the Hoyas stopped the run with a goal by freshman attacker Caroline Tarzian (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) on the pass by sophomore midfielder Hannah Franklin (Phoenix, Md./McDonogh School).

Five Terp goals halted any GU momentum, but junior midfielder Sophia Thomas (Lutherville, Md./Maryvale Prep) hit a free position shot with 12 seconds remaining to make it 12-3 at the break.

Lovett opened the second half the same as the first with an unassisted tally at 26:43. Thomas added one a minute later as graduate student Kristen Coleman (Potomac, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross) assisted on the goal to make it 12-5 and give the Hoyas a spark.

Sophomore midfielder Maggie Brown (Woodside, Calif./Menlo School) made it a 3-0 run hitting a free position at 21:37 as the Hoyas worked to get back in the game.

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