May 12, 2012
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Third-seeded and No. 3 ranked Maryland used a five-goal run midway through the second half to defeat the No. 10/15 UMass women's lacrosse team 15-12 on Saturday afternoon in the NCAA Tournament First Round. The Minutewomen closed the game on a five-goal run after falling behind by eight with under seven minutes to go. Jesse O'Donnell, Tanner Guarino and Nina Sarcona each posted three goals in the loss for UMass, while Brooke Griffin had three goals and three assists to lead the Terps.
UMass finishes the season with a 19-2 overall record marking its second most wins in program history. The Minutewomen qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the third time in the last four years after winning their fourth straight Atlantic 10 Tournament Championship. The 12 goals scored marked the most goals in an NCAA Tournament game for UMass in program history. The 12 goals also marked the second-most allowed by Maryland all season (allowed 14 in a loss to North Carolina on April 7).
Maryland improves to 18-3 overall and will face the winner of Penn and sixth-seeded Loyola on Saturday, May 19.
Along with the trio of hat trick scorers, Katie Ferris, Lauren Terracciano and Dayna Defliese each tallied goals for UMass. Ferris and Terracciano each added assists along with Ali Houlis. Katie Florence finished her career making six saves in 48 minutes, 36 minutes of work. She finishes an outstanding four-year career second all-time at UMass in career saves with 564 saves and a 55-23 record - the most wins in program history. Rachel Vallarelli finished the final 11 minutes, 24 seconds making three saves while allowing one goal.
The Terps were led by Griffin's six points and received three goals for both Kelly McPartland and Kristy Black. Katie Schwarzmann had two goals and three assists, whiel Alex Aust added two goals and an assist. Brittany Dipper made four saves in goal, while allowing all 12 goals.
Maryland jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first five minutes of play before O'Donnell put the Minutewomen on the board with 24:15 to go in the first half. The teams traded goals the rest of the first half with Guarino's second of the day with 3:16 before halftime made it a 7-5 Maryland lead at the intermission.
Griffin scored her first goal of the game 13 seconds into the second half to extend Maryland's lead back to three, 8-5, before Ferris answered just over six minutes later.
Back-to-back goals by McPartland marked the first time since the opening Maryland salvo that either team was able to get any separation. After a free position goal at the 22:01, Karri Ellen Johnson won the ensuing draw control before getting the ball ahead to McPartland who scored six seconds later making it a 10-6 lead.
Three minutes later Sarcona brought UMass back within three, but the Terps put together a five-goal run started by McPartland's third of the game at the 17:41 mark. Black capped the run with 6:47 to go making it a 15-7 lead.
Defliese scored with 6:08 left in the half to spark UMass' five goal run to finish the game capped by a pair of goals from O'Donnell with 1:20 and 13 seconds to go giving the final score.
Maryland finished the game outshooting UMass 27-to-23 and held a 15-to-14 edge in draw controls. The Terps also held a 15-to-10 advantage in groundballs.