No. 2 UM women beat Towson, jump to 9-0

The Baltimore Sun

Freshman midfielder Karri Ellen Johnson and sophomore midfielder Brandi Jones combined for eight goals as second-ranked Maryland used a strong second half to defeat host Towson, 14-7, on Tuesday.

Johnson tied a season high by scoring five goals, including four in the second half.

Jones scored three goals and added three assists, matching a career high in both categories as the Terps improved to 9-0.

"We came out in the second half and were connecting and finishing our shots," Maryland coach Cathy Reese said. "Defensively, I thought we played really well today, and I was proud of our defense and how they helped each other out and caused some turnovers.

"I think we still have some things that we need to tighten up," Reese added. "Towson fought hard and is a very good team. They are fast and forced us to do some things differently."

Jacie Kendall and Meggie McNamara each scored two goals for the Tigers (5-3), who have lost two of three.

Nikki Marcinik added a goal and an assist for Towson, and Cassie Krause and Britt Woodfield also scored.

"Overall, I thought we played a good game," Towson coach Missy Doherty said. "I think we held tough defensively and got some good chances on attack. Our game plan was to have good possessions on the offensive end and take care of the ball tonight."

Maryland went down a pair of goals early but rebounded with four unanswered goals after being held scoreless in the first 10 minutes of the first half. Karissa Taylor scored her fifth goal of the year before Jones scored two unassisted goals and Sarah Mollison added a free-position score.

McNamara ended the Maryland run with 7:47 remaining in the first period before Johnson scored the final goal of the half off an assist from Jones to provide Maryland with the momentum and a 5-3 lead.

Maryland took over in the second half, as Caitlyn McFadden broke open for a pair of goals within 12 seconds of each other in the 26th minute. Johnson and Amanda Spinnenweber also added two goals each during a 6-0 run to give the Terps an eight-goal lead.

COLBY 15, SALISBURY 14:: Hours after the host Sea Gulls took over the top spot in the Division III rankings, they were upset by the Mules on Becky Julian's goal with 12 seconds left, ending Salisbury's regular-season winning streak at 31. The Sea Gulls (9-1), who trailed the majority of the game, tied the score at 14 with 31 seconds left when junior attacker Beth Rhodey (two goals, three assists) scored a free-position goal past Colby goalie Sarah Warnke (15 saves). Colby (5-1) won the ensuing draw control, which set up the game-winning goal. Senior midfielder Heather Nickerson (five goals, one assist) found Julian (two goals) wide open in front of the net, and Julian received the pass, spun and shot it past goalie Sonja Stuart.

VILLANOVA 15, NAVY 14, 2OT:: The Mids (6-2) took an early lead in overtime but couldn't sustain it and fell to the visiting Wildcats (3-6). Navy extended its second-half lead to three on a goal by Dani Vivonetto, but Villanova chipped away and eventually tied the score at 12 with a minute left in regulation, setting up overtime. Erin Rawlick had four goals for Navy.

JOHNS HOPKINS 8, UMBC 6:: The Blue Jays (4-4) used a patient offense and solid defense to defeat the visiting Retrievers (5-5). The six goals by UMBC were the fewest allowed by Hopkins since March 27, 2008.

ST. MARY'S 22, HOOD 7:: A 7-0 run to begin the second half propelled the Seahawks (8-2, 3-0 Capital Athletic Conference) over the host Blazers (4-4, 1-3).


SALISBURY 13, YORK 9:: The visiting Sea Gulls (10-0, 4-0 CAC) outscored the Spartans 5-0 in the third quarter to turn a one-goal deficit into a four-goal lead, then held on to defeat York (3-5, 1-2).

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