Unstoppable Cohen Leads No. 3 Terps to 14-7 Win Over No. 9 Georgetown
Terrapin senior Lauren Cohen scored a game high 4 goals against No. 9 ranked Georgetown during Maryland's 14-7 victory at the Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex in College Park MD on April 16, 2008. Christopher Blunck/DC Sports Box
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Veteran attacker Lauren Cohen tacked on 4 goals and 1 assist this evening as the Terrapins returned to the Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex on the campus of the University of Maryland to face off against local rival Georgetown.  Coming off the heels of a 3 game sweep in Chapel Hill the Terps were primed for the homecoming challenge and played with intensity after falling into an early 2-0 deficit.

Georgetown's 2008 season can only be described as heart wrenching.  The nearby Hoyas have played 9 of their 14 games against top-25 teams and have walked away with margins as narrow as a single point.  This past weekend No. 10 ranked Notre Dame slipped past the Hoyas 10-8 after taking a strong start and defending the lead.  In their matchup against Virginia the Hoyas squeaked past the Wahoos with a game-winning goal by Megan Bloomer with 27 remaining in regulation.

Maryland's story this season focuses on the cohesive force of the 2008 senior class.  Anchored by Annapolis native Allie Buote in goal and Katie Pumphrey in the backfield the Terps have been solid in their defense against top ranked teams, including No. 2 ranked Virginia where Buote delivered 10 saves to give the Terps the win.  The midfield and attack synergy can only be described as fluidic as Dana Dobbie, Lauren Cohen, Kelly Kasper, and Casey Magor have combined for a total of 142 points this season.

With their only loss coming at the hands of the Duke Blue Devils the Terps marched onto home field this evening on a 10 game winning streak looking to preserve their near-perfect season.  Their confidence wavered slightly when freshman Jordy Kirr scored unassisted a quick 1:04 into regulation.  3 minutes later Kirr took a backseat and assisted senior Patty Piotrowicz on a goal that gave Georgetown a 2-0 lead.

Maryland paused and regrouped, and responded to the Piotrowicz goal on the following draw.  Dana Dobbie won the possession and forwarded the ball up to Lauren Cohen.  Cohen found Kasper open for the shot and she buried it.  21 seconds elapsed between the Hoyas goal and the Terrapins first score of the night.

The knot was tied 1:28 later when Kelly Kasper struck from the right wing.  Her driving shot bounced out but Dana Dobbie was there to pick up the rebound and take the shot.  Dobbie's goal (her 47th point of the season) was unstoppable as the Terps forced a 2-2 tie.  Maryland then took the lead 2:29 later when Dana Dobbie was offered a free position.  Dobbie brought the ball in and shot but was blocked.  Casey Magor scooped up the rebound and flicked a shot towards the right of the goal, giving the Terps a 3-2 lead.

With the lead established Maryland unleashed Lauren Cohen on the attack.  The senior landed the following 3 goals for the Terps to create a 6-2 margin.  Cohen's first goal came off a recovery from Dobbie's shot that allowed Cohen to shoot from close range.  Kasper then set up a breaking Cohen for a one-time shot from the right hand side.  The last goal by Cohen was unassisted.

Dana Dobbie performed some fancy stick handling in the attack zone and flicked a reverse shot that tricked the defense and goalkeeper and delivered the 7-2 lead.  Her shot came off a perfect pass by fellow senior Kelly Kasper.

Brandi Jones and Dana Dobbie rounded out the Terrapin scoring frenzy in the first half with a pair of goals.  Heading into the locker rooms the Terps had scored 9 unanswered goals after trailing by 2, and it was the most points the Hoyas had trailed by since 2000.

Georgetwon responded in the second half with 4 unanswered goals of their own, coming off 3 free position shots taken by Allie Hubschmann and Zan Morley.  Molly Ford also scored off a pass by Jordy Kirr that beat Terrapin goalie Allie Buote.

Maryland's timeout after Georgetown closed the gap to 9-6 worked well and the Terps tacked on 5 additional goals to extend the lead to 14-6.  Lauren Cohen extended her point margin to 36 on the season with an unassisted goal with 14:59 remaining.  A series of shots resulted in Caitlyn McFadden recovering the ball behind the Hoyas net, and a forward out to Casey Magor gave Magor an open look.  Magor flicked it low and fast to give the Terps an 11-6 lead.  Laura Merrifield then scored on an odd bounce to the goal that beat Caitlin Formby.  And lastly Sarah Mollison finished off the Terps scoring with a pair of unassisted goals of her own.

Maryland's performance in the first half was remarkably strong.  The Terps cleared the ball successfully 5 times out of 6 attempts, and won 7 draw controls compared to the Hoyas 5.  Maryland also outshot the Hoyas 15-8 and committed 2 fewer turnovers in the opening frame.

The second half was plagued with game stoppages and free position shots for the Hoyas.  Maryland also struggled to clear the ball, successfully exiting the zone only 50% of the time.  The Terps also let the Hoyas back into the game with even shooting (10 shots each).

Maryland now looks ahead to the closeout of the regular season with a match against Virginia Tech on Saturday at noon at the Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex.  The Hokies have struggled this year and are 0-4 in conference play (4-12 overall) but played No. 8 ranked Duke fairly well 2 days ago.  In the match against Duke the Hokies established a 3 point lead early but let it dwindle on free position shots by the Blue Devils.  A ceremony for the Terrapin seniors will be held prior to the opening draw and the game will be televised on ACC Select.