May 2, 2009

Perfect Terps: Maryland Finishes Undefeated

from press releases

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Nine different Terps tallied goals Saturday as the second-ranked Maryland women's lacrosse team capped a perfect regular season with a 20-12 win against No. 5 Princeton on Senior Day at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.

Maryland (19-0, 5-0 ACC), with five of its seniors making starts, jumped out to an early 2-0 lead off unassisted goals from Karissa Taylor and Sarah Mollison. Princeton answered with a pair to knot the game at the 26:38 mark. After a flurry of turnovers from both squads, the Terps broke the game open with a 5-0 run with just under ten minutes remaining in the period, led by a pair of scores and an assist from Caitlyn McFadden.

Princeton Tewaaraton nominee Holly McGarvie scored two goals as the Tigers rallied for three unanswered scores. The teams traded goals to end the period with Maryland harboring a 9-6 lead at the half.

The Terps coasted out of the locker room with a commanding 4-0 run, highlighted by two goals from Laura Merrifield, for a 13-6 lead. Kristin Morrison stopped the Maryland drive with a goal at 18:00, but the Terps, who shot a stellar 11-for-14 in the second stanza, scored six goals in a ten minute jaunt to keep the clock rolling with 9:42 remaining in the game.

Brittany Jones put on the finishing touches with Maryland's 20th and final goal at 4:50. Princeton scored three goals to close out the contest as the Terps tallied its first undefeated regular season since 2001.

"This was a great day for our seniors," head coach Cathy Reese. "Everybody had a chance to contribute today and they did. We mentally prepared all week to come out against a very good Princeton team and it showed today."

McFadden led the Terrapin attack with four goals and two assists. Karri Ellen Johnson notched three goals to push her season-total to 65. Merrifield added a hat trick while Sarah Mollison scored two goals and dished two assists. Taylor, Jenny Collins and Kristy Black all added two scores. Brittany Dipper and senior Lynne Cooper combined for the win in the cage, each making four saves.

The 2009 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Tournament bracket will be announced tomorrow night at approximately 10:40 p.m. on CBS College Sports.


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