COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland's Katie Pumphrey picked the perfect time to score her first goal of the season.
The senior defender raced about 30 yards to fire a shot into the net early in the second half for what would become the game-changing goal, setting off a big run and sparking the No. 3 seed Terrapins to a 20-7 victory over Temple yesterday in an NCAA first-round game at the Maryland Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex.
The victory sends the Terps (18-2) into Saturday's 1 p.m. quarterfinal, where they will play host to Duke (12-7), which handed Maryland a 14-13 loss March 1. The Blue Devils advanced by beating No. 6 seed Georgetown, 10-8.
With yesterday's lopsided final score, it might seem that Pumphrey's goal would go unnoticed. But just before she scored, the Owls had pulled to within 8-6 and the Terps had not scored in more than 13 minutes. Her goal set off a five-goal Terps spurt and a finishing 12-1 run.
"The coaches had told us if you're there and you're coming down the field, take it, and I just saw that lane. I honestly don't remember what happened, but suddenly it was in the back of the net and I think I was hugging every single one of my teammates, jumping up and down," said Pumphrey, a Severna Park graduate who has scored two career goals.
After Pumphrey's goal gave the Terps a 9-6 lead with 27:04 left, Maryland's Casey Magor, Katie Princiotto, Sarah Mollison and Dana Dobbie scored four more goals in less than 10 minutes.
"I really think that was the game-changing moment," Maryland coach Cathy Reese said. "We had gone through a little bit of a drought ... and to have one of our senior defender captains come up with her first goal of the season at a time when we really needed it changed the momentum and got everyone excited."
Maryland, which is looking for its first trip to the final four since 2003 and its first title since it won the last of seven straight in 2001, got off to a 6-1 start yesterday. But the Owls (13-7) responded to coach Bonnie Rosen's timeout and rallied with a 5-2 run that cut the lead to 8-6 on Hillary Richards' goal early in the second half.
Rosen agreed that Pumphrey's goal made a difference.
"One of the things we knew about Maryland is you can't give them anything that's easy," Rosen said. "You have to honor every move even if it starts at the 50 [yard line] and is going all the way. They seemed to answer our goals that were [at] moments when we thought we were taking the momentum back."
Temple 5 2 - 7
Maryland 8 12 - 20
Goals: T-Summerlin 3, W. Richards 2, H. Richards, Rosiek; M-Dobbie 3, Magor 3, Princiotto 3, Cohen 2, Mollison 2, Faas, Kasper, Jones, McFadden, Merrifield, Pumphrey, Spinnenweber. Assists: T-H. Richards, W. Richards; M-Kasper 3, McFadden 3, Dobbie 2, Magor 2, Princiotto 2, Mollison. Saves: T-McMullan 4, Colucci 4; M-Buote 3.