March 13, 2010

#15 WOMEN'S LAX UPENDED BY #2 MARYLAND, 20-6

JO JO CURRO

COLLEGE PARK, Md.Jo Jo Curro (Amherst, N.H.) scored three goals and Kathleen O’Keefe (Chatham, N.J.) made 14 saves for the 15th-ranked University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team, but second-ranked University of Maryland built a 12-3 halftime lead en route to a 20-6 victory Saturday afternoon.

UNH entered the week at 4-0 and is now 4-2 following its second consecutive loss. UMD improved to 6-0.

Curro matched her career high of three goals that she established earlier this season against nationally-ranked Dartmouth College. Allie Bratton (Windermere, Fla.) also tallied multiple points for the Wildcats with a goal and an assist. Shaunna Kaplan (Framingham, Mass.) and Kate Keagins (Bay Shore, N.Y.) were UNH’s other goal scorers.

This marked the first career start for O’Keefe, the freshman goalkeeper. She stopped eight shots in the first half and six in the second for a total of 14. UMD starting goalie Brittany Dipper was credited with the win as she made two saves and allowed four goals in 38:33. Mary Jordan played the next 11:37 and stopped two of the four UNH shots on goal, then Kasey Howard made two saves to keep the ‘Cats scoreless in the final 9:50.

The Terrapins jumped out to a 4-0 lead on goals by Brandi Jones (2g, 1a) at 29:18, Karri Ellen Johnson (4g) at 26:46 and 24:18 and Amanda Spinnenweber (2g) at 22:25.

UNH trimmed the deficit to 4-1 on Kaplan’s unassisted tally at 18:01.

Maryland responded with goals 18 seconds apart by Johnson (at 15:49) and Sarah Mollison (15:31). Mollison scored the second of her four goals in the game at 11:04 to extend the advantage to 7-1.

Curro, with the assistance of Bratton, pulled the Wildcats within 8-2 at 8:00, but Kate Faas (2g) scored 41 seconds later to push the lead back to six goals.

Bratton, off a pass from Ally Stager (Reading, Mass.), made the score 8-3 with 2:32 remaining in the first half. The Terps scored four more times before halftime, however, to take a 12-3 lead into the locker room.

UMD opened the second-half scoring on goals by Mollison and Katie Schwarzmann at 29:47 and 27:48, respectively, to give the home team a double-digit lead of 14-3.

Keagins lifted New Hampshire within 14-4 at 26:19, but goals by Faas (21:07) and Spinnenweber (17:12) extended the advantage to 16-4.

Curro sandwiched goals around one by UMD’s Sarah Matz to move the score to 17-6. Curro’s second of the game was set up by Hayley Rausch (Severna Park, Md.) at 12:21. Following Matz’ goal at 11:05, Curro netted an unassisted goal at 9:50 to mark the Wildcats’ last goal of the game.

Tallies by Brittany Jones (7:18), Mollison (1:55) and Matz (1:32) closed the scoring.

New Hampshire returns to action March 20 (1 p.m.) at the University of Florida. The Wildcats’ next home game is March 28 (12 p.m.) vs. Fairfield University.

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