Sarah Forbes was as unstoppable yesterday as Maryland's No. 1 women's lacrosse team has been for the past three years.
A senior All-American from Perth, Australia, she scored five goals and had three assists as the Terrapins (9-0) won their 45th consecutive game, beating Towson State, 13-5, at Ludwig Field.
"She got us in transition," Towson coach Ashley Duncan said. "What she does well is she just goes hard to the cage and when we're so focused on stopping her, she'll pass it right off and that'll burn us."
Forbes had two goals and an assist in the Terrapins' first three scores, but the Tigers kept pace early, scoring on four of their first five shots. The Tigers (4-3) tied the game at 4 when Robyn Harry faked a shot on a free position and then hit wide-open Amy Dean for the goal.
But turnovers -- 24 in the game -- finally took their toll on the Tigers.
The Terrapins broke the game open with five unanswered goals in the final 10: 22 of the first half and then added four more to open the second. Forbes had three goals in the nine-point run and Cathy Nelson added two.
Despite the rally, Maryland many times struggled to finish.
"We're generating a lot of shots, but we're not shooting well," said Terrapins coach Cindy Timchal, whose team outshot the Tigers, 39-15. "That's something we have to focus on, because I'm not sure why we're not shooting well. But you have to credit Towson."
Especially goalie Jacquie Sica, who made 19 saves. The freshman earlier recorded 27 saves in a win over Delaware and 24 in a loss to No. 4 James Madison.
Yesterday's victory for the Terrapins marked their 63rd straight regular-season victory. The two-time defending national champs have not lost a regular-season game since March 23, 1993.
Pub Date: 4/03/97