Women's Lacrosse ACCtion: Sunday, February 14

Feb. 14, 2010

Hat Tricks Highlight Terps Opener
The No. 2 Maryland women's lacrosse team boasted four hat tricks en route to a 17-7 victory against Richmond in the Terps' season opener Sunday at the Practice Turf Field.

Karri Ellen Johnson, Brandi Jones, Caitlyn McFadden and Kate Faas all netted three goals apiece as the Terps moved to 17-0 all-time against the Spiders. Johnson, who scored five goals in her collegiate debut at Richmond last season, also led Maryland in draw controls with seven. McFadden tacked on four assists for a team-high seven points on the day.

The Terps only needed 20 seconds to begin the scoring frenzy as Amanda Spinnenweber teamed up with fellow captain McFadden for the first goal of the season. Three minutes later, McFadden converted a free position shot followed by a pair of scores from Faas, who saw her first action since 2008. Richmond did not score until midway through the first period when Maryland went a man-down after a yellow card as Tara Coyle put the game to 4-1 

Tar Heels Open Season With Easy Win Over Denver, 18-7
The University of North Carolina women's lacrosse team got four goals from Kristen Taylor and three scores apiece from Jenn Russell and Megan Bosica and opened its 2010 season with an 18-7 victory over the University of Denver on Sunday afternoon at Fetzer Field.

Carolina improves to 1-0 this season with the victory. Denver, which lost on Friday night at Duke, falls to 0-2.

In addition to Taylor, Russell and Bosica, Becky Lynch had two goals and an assist for Carolina, Corey Donohoe had a goal and two assists, freshman Kara Cannizzaro had two goals and Laura Zimmerman had a goal and two assists. Kaitlyn Messinger and Jessica Griffin added single goals.

Duke Downs Vanderbilt 19-10
The Duke University women's lacrosse team won its second straight game to start the 2010 season, knocking off No. 11 Vanderbilt 19-10 in Nashville, Tenn., on Sunday, Feb. 14.

The Blue Devils move to 2-0 on the young season, while Vanderbilt drops to 0-1. Duke was able to control possession throughout much of the match, holding an 18-13 edge in draw controls. The Blue Devils also fired 39 shots in the match, compared to 24 from the Commodores.

Three Blue Devils had career days on the attack as junior Virginia Crotty totaled a career-best four goals, sophomore Kat Thomas tied a previous career high with four goals as well and junior Christie Kaestner notched five points on three goals and two assists.