May 10, 2009

Courtesy of Colgate

COLLEGE PARK, MD. (5/10/09) -  Kerri Ellen Johnson and Sara Mollison each scored three goals as second-ranked Maryland posted a convincing 20-4 victory over Colgate in the opening round of the NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse Tournament, Sunday afternoon at the UMD Field Hockey and Lacrosse complex.  The Raiders’ season came to a close at 14-5.

The Terrapins, who remained unblemished and improved to 20-0 overall, scored four times in the opening five minutes and never looked back.  Maryland got on the board 39 seconds into the contest as Johnson netted her first of the game.  The freshman had a part in all four of the Terps’ opening goals.

At 16:58, Alex Mavris scored her third of the year to up the Terps’ advantage to 10-0.  The clock moved the rest of the first half as UMD gradually upped the lead and raced into intermission with a 15-0 advantage.

The Raiders tallied the opening goal of the second half as Molly Carroll (Swarthmore, Pa.) connected for her 15th score of the year with 28:15 left in the game.  The senior broke in from the right side and beat goalie Lynne Cooper high to the stick side.

 After Maryland netted back-to-back goals, the Raiders posted their second goal of the half as freshman Courtney Miller (Chappaqua, N.Y.) found the back of the net with 14:07 left after converting a successful free position shot for her 37th tally of the season.  Down 19-2, Ashley Didio (Syracuse, N.Y.) broke inside with 5:08 remaining and beat Cooper low for her 32nd goal of the year.  The senior closed her career with 116 goals and 142 points, which ranks seventh and 10th respectively at Colgate.

 After Jenny Collins netted the 20th goal for the Terps with 1:48 left, Colgate  closed the scoring as Maddie Kearns (Chevy Chase, Md.), the Patriot League’s Defensive Player of the Year, accounted for her 14th tally of the season.  Maryland won the ensuing draw control and ran out the remaining minute of the contest.

 The Terrapins outshot the Raiders 40-12 on the afternoon, including holding a 32-3 advantage at the half.  Sara Drexler (Pottstown, Pa.) saved three shots in less than a half before freshman Christina Roa (Potomac, Md.) entered the game and turned aside three shots in the closing 33:50.

 Maryland will host the winner of another Sunday contest between Syracuse and Boston U.