April 14, 2009

No. 2 Terps Awaken in Second Half, Top Hopkins

from press release

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The second-ranked Maryland Terrapins showed why they were unbeaten coming into Tuesday's contest, as they outscored visiting Johns Hopkins 14-7 in the second half, en route to an 18-12 win. Hopkins slips to 5-10 on the season while Maryland improves to 15-0. Junior Brett Bathras (Severna Park, MD/Severn) paced the Blue Jays' offense with five points on one goal and a career-high four assists.

Coming out of the half with a 5-4 lead, Hopkins needed just 91 seconds to make it a two-goal game as it capitalized in transition. After a Julianne Wisner (Parkton, MD/Notre Dame Prep) save, the Blue Jays quickly cleared the ball. Junior Angela Hughes (Manchester, MD/North Carroll) carried into the offensive zone and dished to senior Gina Maranto (Bel Air, MD/C. Milton Wright) who spun around her defender and scored on a low shot.

Maryland answered with a 5-0 run as the Terps turned a two-goal deficit into a three-goal lead at 9-6. Laura Merrifield got things going just 24 seconds after Maranto's strike with a free position goal. Karri Ellen Johnson then scored back-to-back goals to give Maryland its first lead since 14:54 in the first half. Caitlyn McFAdden followed with an unassisted shot before Merrifield closed out the run with her second of the day.

Freshman Candace Rossi (Farmingdale, NY/Farmingdale) put Hopkins back on the board at 18:16, scoring on a quick shot off a Bathras-pass. The Terps came right back with a pair of goals in 73 seconds to push the lead to four at 11-7. Junior Sam Schrum (Pasadena, MD/St. Mary's) converted a free position shot with 12:32 to play to cut it back to a three-goal game. But Maryland once again answered, scoring three straight in a 94-second span to push out to a 14-8 lead.

Bathras and freshman Rachel Serio (Mt. Airy, MD/McDonogh) then sandwiched a pair of goals around a strike from McFadden and the Terps led 15-10 with just 4:43 on the clock. After a Johnson goal made it a six-goal game, Hopkins got goals from Rossi and freshman Colleen McCaffrey (Mount Sinai, NY/Mount Sinai) and the lead was four with 1:18 to play. The Terps would stick two more in the final 62 seconds as the Blue Jays were forced to double the ball to try and force a turnover.

The first half was a different story as the two teams combined for just nine goals compared to 21 in the second. Hopkins struck first when Schrum fed a behind-the-cage pass to Maranto, who fired it home 2:15 in. Maryland then got goals from Amanda Spinnenwebber and Johnson to make it a 2-1 game. Sophomore Brianna Cronin (Arlington, MA/Arlington) knotted the game at 2-2 as she dodged from the left side and fired the ball over Brittany Dipper's left shoulder.

Spinnenwebber pushed the Terps back on top with an unassisted tally at 14:54. That would be the Terps last lead until early in the second half. Schrum answered with a free position goal to tie the game once again and ignite a 3-0 Blue Jay run. McCaffrey scored off a feed from Bathras with 9:58 remaining to push Hopkins on top 4-3. Serio then made it a two-goal game with just 21 ticks on the clock, scoring off another Bathras pass. But the Blue Jays couldn't hold the Terps off the board until the half, as Spinnenwebber completed her first half hat trick, scoring with just three seconds left off a restart.

Seven different players scored for Hopkins as the Blue Jays' 12 goals came off just 17 shots. McCaffrey, Schrum, Maranto, Serio and Rossi all scored a pair for the Blue Jays. Bathras four assists were a game-high and were the most by a Blue Jay since Mary Key dished five helpers on May 13, 2007. Johnson led the Terps with a game-high five goals and six points. In addition to Spinnenwebber, McFadden and Merrifield also netted hat tricks.

Wisner played 57:07 in the cage for Hopkins and finished with eight saves. Senior Jess Buicko (Altamont, NY/Hotchkiss) played 2:53 in relief. Dipper played 49:34 in the goal for the Terps and made two saves before giving way to Lynne Cooper.

Hopkins returns to action and American Lacrosse Conference play as undefeated and top-ranked Northwestern visits historic Homewood Field. The game will be televised by ESPNU with first draw scheduled for 7:04 pm.

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