May 14, 2011

Mollison, Maryland Burst into NCAA Quarterfinals

from press release


Tewaaraton Trophy finalist Sarah Mollison had a huge game against Navy, scoring four goals and adding four assists in Maryland's 19-6 NCAA tournament first-round victory.

© Greg Shemitz

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Senior Tewaaraton finalist Sarah Mollison racked up four goals and four assists in limited action as No. 1 Maryland coasted by Navy, 19-6, in the first round of the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship Saturday.

With eight points on the day, Mollison moved up to sixth all-time in career points at Maryland, passing 2010 Tewaaraton winner Caitlyn McFadden. The Terps (19-1) also picked up three goals each from Kristy Black, Laura Merrifield and Bria Phillips as the offense erupted for its highest scoring output since March 22.

Katie Schwarzmann, who, in addition to Mollison, was tabbed a Tewaaraton finalist late last week, registered two goals and three assists on the day as Maryland advanced to the quarterfinal round for the fifth consecutive season.

After an explosive 4-0 run in the game's opening minutes, the Terrapin defense allotted a pair of Navy scores around the 20-minute mark but ultimately ran away with the first half, capping the stanza with six unanswered goals.

With the clock running the entire second period, Maryland was able to utilize its entire bench, including both reserve goalies. Alex Aust and Phillips led the Terps in the second half, boasting two scores a piece.

Defensively, Beth Glaros and Mollison each racked up two caused turnovers while Glaros, a freshman, added three draw controls and a pair of ground balls. Maryland has now held 28 of its last 31 opponents to 10 or fewer goals.

"I was really pleased with our effort today overall," head coach Cathy Reese said. "I thought it was a really well-played game for us. We have had a couple weeks off, which gave us the time to refocus, reset and heal. Today was a really good effort from our team."

Maryland, which picked up its 60th win in NCAA Tournament history, welcomes either Princeton or James Madison next Saturday for a ticket to this year's final four in Stony Brook, N.Y.


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