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April 8, 2015 — Maryland 18, Princeton 10

POSTGAME That’s all for now; thanks for tuning in

POSTGAME Maryland which solved the Princeton defense by getting the ball to their hot attackers in critical areas. McPartland lorded over the circle like a woman possessed, and Megan Whittle was able to make the toughest scoring situations look like something from the training ground

POSTGAME It worked — for a half. But as was the case in the 2000 NCAA final, Maryland had the talent to adjust and make the second half a runaway. And I’d like a flask of whatever Maryland coach Cathy Reese said at halftime

POSTGAME Credit Princeton for putting together a good defensive game plan against the heavily favored Terps

FULL TIME And the final horn sounds with Maryland winning the game 18-10

58:45 Maryland content to take the air out of the ball and control the clock 

56:22 PRI YELLOW Maddy Lynch is off the pitch for a dangerous check

54:25 PRI GOAL McMunn with another tally off a Slifer helper; Maryland leads 18-10

53:53 PRI GOAL McMunn puts away the Slifer pass; Maryland still leads 18-9

52:04 UMD FP and GOAL Whittle scores from the left-center hash; Maryland up 18-8 and the clock runs

49:54 UMD GOAL Cummings slices into a generous open space and puts Maryland up 17-8

49:45 UMD GOAL Cummings takes a McPartland feed and the Terps lead 16-8

47:34 UMD GOAL Stukenberg makes a steal, pirouettes in the fan, and scores! Maryland up 15-8

45:49 PRI GOAL Hompe responds for Princeton but the Maryland lead remains 14-8

45:04 UMD GOAL McPartland darts into the fan and scores her fourth of the game and third this half; Maryland takes a 14-7 lead

44:06 Timeout, Princeton

44:06 UMD GOAL Whittle curls behind the goal and ducks into the fan, neatly scooping then ball over the line; Maryland leads 13-7

43:13 UMD GOAL McPartland is flattened in the fan but still scores; Maryland is up 12-7 and is on an 8-1 run in the last 13 minutes

42:08 UMD GOAL McPartland runs out of a triple-team and scores! Maryland up 11-7

40:06 UMD YELLOW Erin Collins is off for a hard challenge during the draw control

40:00 UMD GOAL Zoe Stukenberg, wearing the red shoes, scores to give Maryland a 10-7 lead

39:50 UMD FP and GOAL McPartland runs in from the right-center and scores; Maryland up 9-7

38:48 UMD FP and GOAL From the left-center hash, Whittle puts it where Mom hides the Thin Mints; Terps lead 8-7

37:57 PRI GOAL Erin Slifer ties the game 7-7

36:35 UMD PC and GOAL Whittle makes it look so easy from that extreme left hash, giving Maryland a 7-6 lead

35:35 UMD GOAL Lamon quickstick another Griffin feed and the game is tied 6-6

33:36 Taylor Cummings ties it but the goal is waved off after a stick check; Princeton gets the ball at the 50

32:43 UMD GOAL Megan Whittle pulls one back on a brilliant run; Princeton still leads 6-5

30:00 The second half is under way

HALFTIME The teams are back on the pitch in anticipation of the second term 

HALFTIME The wind is kicking up in advance of some heavy rain; will the sudden chill have an effect on the players?

HALFTIME Thus far, Chris Sailer’s game plan has been solid and well-executed. What will the Terp response be?

HALFTIME The Tigers have gotten here with a combination of goaltending and a purposeful attack that has forced Maryland to play an awful lot of defense

HALFTIME The horn sounds with Princeton leading 6-4

 27:37 PRI FP and GOAL Olivia Hompe is at the doorstep to finish Slifer’s feed; Princeton leads 6-4

27:34 UMD YELLOW McPartland is off for a check to the head

26:00 Ellie DeGarmo makes a save on another open shot; she is having a good 

24:50 PRI GOAL Erin McMunn gets to a bouncing ball at the crease and dumps it over the goalie; Princeton leads 5-4

22:30 PRI GOAL Slifer sidearms a shot into the netting; game tied 4-4

20:53 UMD FP and GOAL Megan Whittle sprints in from the extreme left hash and spoons in the goal; Maryland leads 4-3 

18:31 PRI GOAL Paloscio with a nice catch and finish through the arc; game tied 3-3

17:17 Timeout, Princeton

17:17 UMD GOAL Kelly McPartland with a laser forehand on the run; Maryland leads 3-2

12:51 UMD GOAL Lamon neatly inserts a quickstick from Griffin and the game is tied 2-2

10:23 UMD GOAL Kristen Lamon quicksticks Brooke Griffin’s feed from the office; Princeton still leads 2-1

8:33 PRI GOAL Stephanie Paloscio scores off a Slifer feed; Princeton takes a 2-0 lead

6:15 PRI FP and GOAL Anna Doherty finishes from top center hash; Princeton leads 1-0

6:13 Princeton is able to work it around and force Maryland to play an awful lot of defense. Officials whistle a three-second call and the Tigers have a dangerous free position shot 

3:30 Just like that, the Maryland attack swoops downfield and finds freshman sensation Megan Whittle, who hits the post 

3:00 Princeton spends the first three minutes poking and prodding the Maryland defense with a triangle offense but the Terp defense is stout

0:00 The game is on

PREGAME Princeton is in the orange jerseys with black numbers and kilts; Maryland is in the all white with red numbers 

PREGAME The teams are warming up on the turf under overcast skies. The temperature is about 45° and rain is in the forecast which could make it very interesting late in the going

PREGAME It is also instructive to note that, since 1990, exactly five colleges have won the NCAA Division I title. Two of them are meeting here

PREGAME in many ways this could be seen as a “trap” game for Maryland if you were dissecting this game for a Las Vegas wager. Maryland is in excellent form this season; this could be one of the best college teams of all time. However, Princeton has a head coach in Chris Sailer who has the tactical ability to try and divert Maryland’s strengths

PREGAME Maryland is led by an incredible attack group, one which includes Tewaaraton Trophy winner Taylor Cummings, who has a lot of the abilities which made Jen Adams and Quinn Carney legends on the Maryland campus

PREGAME Princeton is led by sophomore Olivia Hompe, who has 27 goals on the season. Erin Silfer is the Tigers’ strength in the midfield 

PREGAME Maryland, out of the Big Ten, is 12-0 and ranked No. 1. Princeton, from the Ivy League, is 8-2 and ranked 15th in the country

PREGAME Hello, and welcome to The Lacrosse & Field Hockey Complex (yep, we’re calling it that) for this evening’s interconference game between Maryland and Princeton

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