These busy days are wearing me out but I’ve got four recaps for you all: women’s basketball, women’s lacrosse, baseball and softball. I’ll start with basketball because I saw all of that game. Maryland easily handled their senior day opponent, the Wake Forest Demon Deacons cruising to an 88-61 victory. Before the game, the Terrapins honored their senior class: All-ACC and Wooden award finalist Tianna Hawkins and Caitlyn Adams who crossed over from the volleyball court to join the team in January. That’s it, folks. The Terps have everyone else back next year and are looking to add four freshmen and the return to health of Mincy, Moseley, and Townsend.
The Terps controlled the tip and scored the opening basket on an offensive put back by Alicia DeVaughn. After grabbing an offensive rebound, a three point jumper gave the Deacons their only lead of the game at 3-2. Alyssa Thomas rebounded her own missed shot and scored setting off a 15-2 Maryland run that ended as it began with a Thomas lay up. The run featured a three point jumper from Sequoia Austin – the first three points in what would be a career high fifteen for the former walk-on junior. The Terps failed to build on their 17-5 lead over the next five minutes or so until a Hawkins lay up, a jumper by Malina Howard, and a driving lay up from Katie Rutan opened up the margin to nineteen at 32-13. The Deacons chopped the lead down to 13 on back to back three pointers but a three point jumper from Hawkins just before the buzzer gave Maryland a 38-22 halftime edge.
Wake Forest opened the half with a traditional three point play immediately cutting the lead to thirteen. Maryland responded with a 13-2 run that Wake Forest ended on another old fashioned three point play. However, Hawkins responded immediately with her second three point jumper of the afternoon and the Terrapin lead stood at 54-30. A mini-run by Wake that cut the lead to twenty prompted Coach Frese to call a time out. Two minutes later Austin was fouled making a lay up off an assist from Thomas. When she dropped in the free throw to complete the three point play, Maryland’s lead had ballooned to 25 and Austin reached double figure scoring for the second time in her career. Two minutes later, Alicia DeVaughn made two free throws to become the fourth Terp in double figire s for the game. With the Terrapin lead sitting at 30 at the last media time out, chants of “Cait-Lyn Ad-Ams” and “We Want Caitlyn” began to echo through the Comcast Center. Coach Frese responded at the 2:51 mark subbing Adams in for Hawkins allowing the senior to leave the game to a standing ovation. Adams was fouled near the top of the key on the team’s first offensive possession but missed both free throws deflating the crowd a bit. She had another opportunity when she was fouled putting up a shot from the baseline. This time she made both bringing a roar from the crowd and an eruption of cheers from her volleyball teammates who attended the game to support her. Tianna Hawkins went out in style on her senior day leading all scorers with 18 points and grabbing 11 rebounds for her 13th double-double of the season and the 37th of her career. Thomas filled up the stat sheet as well with 18 points, 8 rebounds, and a team high 8 assists. DeVaughn, Austin, and Howard also scored in double figures for the Terps. The Terps shot 53.2% from the field for the game and as expected held a substantial 40-26 edge on the boards. The Terps who finished the regular season 23-6 return to the court on Friday in the second round of their penultimate ACC tournament. Maryland will enter the tourney as the number two or number three seed pending the outcome of a coin toss later tonight. (I’m not sure whether Maryland or Duke wins the league attendance title. The Terps have a clear lead in raw numbers 74,347 to 69,055 but the hosted one more game giving Duke an edge of 1.4 fans per game in average attendance.)
In one update, I should mention that freshman Tierney Pfirman was not on the bench yesterday. The rumor is that she has a contagious illness that will likely keep her out of action for some time.
I caught the first half of a very competitive women’s lacrosse game as the unranked Hofstra Pride came into the Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex and stood toe to toe with number one ranked Maryland a 16-11 decision. At the start of the game, it looked like the Terps would easily take care of business. Maryland scored the first three goals with Katie Schwarzmann scoring off an assist from Alex Aust before the game was a minute old. Aust continued the scoring outburst she started Friday night at Virginia scoring twice over a three minute span to give the Terps the 3-0 lead. Hofstra battled back scoring 3 of the next four. The lone Terrapin goal in that span came off the stick of Kirsten Lamon also continuing a hit streak begun in Charlottesville. After the Pride cut the lead to 4-3, the Terps scored three straight over a five and a half minute span with freshman Taylor Cummings joining Aust and Lamon in the scoring column. Aust’s unassisted goal with 8:04 remaining put Maryland ahead 8-4 and was the last goal for either team in the opening stanza as solid defense and some sloppy play from both teams held down the scoring.
Cummings scored early in the second half to give Maryland 9-4 lead but Hofstra came back quickly scoring on a free position shot. However, Lamon would notch back to back goals with Aust assisting on both to take the Terrapin lead to 11-5. Following a Hofstra goal that trimmed the lead back to five, sophomore Brooke Griffin got into the act for the Terps assisting on Cummings’s third goal of the game before scoring back to back goals herself off assists from Schwarzmann and Aust. The three goal spurt gave the Terps a 14-6 lead with just over 15 minutes remaining in regulation. Over the next six minutes the teams traded scores with a free position shot from freshman Halle Majorana putting the Terps back in front by eight. Hofstra would score the final three goals of the game – the last coming with just 27 seconds remaining to close to the final margin of 16-11. Maryland takes the field for their third game in five days when UMBC comes to College Park for a 5:00 pm face off.
Because I don’t like closing a post with a loss, I’ll hold off on the baseball recap and journey south to Florida where the softball team dropped a 5-3 decision to Notre Dame. The Terps struck first in a back and forth affair when freshman second baseman Juli Strange led off with a double in the bottom of the first. After a sacrifice bunt moved her to third, she scored on Melissa Mancuso’s sacrifice fly. The Irish struck back quickly scoring single runs in the second and third to take a 2-1 lead. Maryland recaptured the lead in the bottom of the fourth on freshman Lindsey Schmeiser’s two run homer to center. However, Notre Dame scored three in the top of the sixth to reach the final margin of 5-3 as the Terps were unable to threaten. The Terps get to play at home for the first time facing off in a double header with Seton Hall on Tuesday night. First pitch in the opener is scheduled for 5:00 pm.
Back on the home front, the Maryland baseball team completed a four game sweep of the Princeton Tigers by a score of 9-4. The win was the ninth in a row for the streaking Terps who haven’t dropped a game since being swept in their opening series at LSU. As they had in the previous three games, Maryland got the scoring started with two in the bottom of the second. Consecutive Princeton errors put Kyle Convissar and Lamonte Wade, Jr. on base to start the inning. After a sacrifice bunt, they both scored on Mike Monteville’s single up the middle. The Terps stretched the lead to three in the third when Jordan Hagel scored on Wade’s single to center. The Tigers would bounce back to take a lead for the first time in the series going ahead 4-3 after scoring a singleton in the top of the fourth and three in the top of the fifth. The lead would prove short lived as the Terrapins put up another crooked number with a 6 run outburst in the bottom half of the inning. After Charlie White grounded out to open the inning, Hagel doubled and K.J. Hockaday walked. The two executed a double steal and Hagel scored on Convissar’s single to left. With Wade at the plate and runners on the corners an error by Princeton’s pitcher allowed Hockaday to score and Convissar to move up to second. He advanced to third on Wade’s single to shallow center and Wade moved up to second when the centerfielder threw behind Wade. Blake Schmidt walked to load the bases which Monteville promptly cleared on a double to right center. He moved to third on the throw to the plate and scored on Jack Cleary’s sacrifice fly. Sophomore Bobby Ruse got the win in relief of starter Alex Robinson. Monteville was the offensive hero going 3 fir 5 with 5 rbi. The Terps travel to Lynchburg for a single game at Liberty on Wednesday before opening ACC play with a three game weekend set in Charlottesville against the 22nd ranked Cavaliers.
Todd Carton (AKA FHFAN)