Feb. 27, 2010

Courtesy of Maryland

DURHAM, N.C. - The No. 2-ranked Maryland women's lacrosse team made an early statement in Atlantic Coast Conference play Saturday with a thrashing of No. 5 Duke, 17-4.

The Terps (3-0, 1-0 ACC) benefited from a balanced scoring attack, highlighted by hat tricks from Katie Schwarzmann, Amanda Spinnenweber and Sarah Mollison. Maryland picked up scoring from a total of nine players on the day, five of whom put up multi-goal showings.

In a rematch of last season's ACC title game, Maryland jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first half with goals by Mollison, Schwarzmann and a pair from Spinnenweber. The Terrapin defense did not allow a Duke goal until Sarah Bullard hit a free position attempt with 10:51 remaining in the first period. Maryland ended the first stanza on a 5-0 run and went into the half with a commanding 9-1 lead in its first ACC action of the 2010 season.

The Terps' high-potent offense continued to wreak havoc on Duke in the second half as Maryland opened the second stanza with three unanswered goals by Spinnenweber, Karri Ellen Johnson and Mollison. The Terps did not surrender another goal until the squad went a man-down after a Johnson yellow card and Duke's Kat Thomas scored a free position goal with 19:27 left in the game. The Terps ended the contest with five goals in the final 8:35 to clinch the key ACC win.

The Terps have now scored 17 goals in all three of their wins in 2010. Duke (4-1, 0-1 ACC), which was also averaging 17 scores per contest, was held to a season-low four goals in its conference opener. Maryland outshot the Blue Devils 32-19 for the match.

"I thought we really put everything together today, both offensively and defensively," head coach Cathy Reese said. "To hold an offense as good as Duke's to only four goals is a testament to our entire team. This was a great way to start the conference season, but we realize we have another big test ahead of us next Friday against Virginia."

Caitlyn McFadden, the reigning ACC Player of the Week, stretched her streak to 28 games with a point with a goal with 26 seconds remaining in the game. In addition to notching three goals, Mollison added a pair of assists and a game-high five draw controls. Schwarzmann put together the most complete game of her young career at Maryland, tacking an assist, two draw controls, five ground balls and three caused turnovers onto her career-high three-goal performance. Sophomore Brittany Dipper had a season-high nine saves in the cage.

Maryland returns to action with a match against Virginia Friday in College Park. First draw control is slated for 7 p.m.