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Stanwick Saves Best for Last For Georgetown

Georgetown 8, Maryland 6

By Christian Swezey
Special to The Washington Post
Thursday, April 7, 2005; Page D03

It took less than five minutes for Georgetown women's lacrosse leading scorer Coco Stanwick to turn her afternoon from bad to good. Stanwick had a goal and an assist -- her only points of the game -- late in her team's 8-6 victory over No. 9 Maryland yesterday at North Kehoe Field.

No. 8 Georgetown (7-2) scored the game's final six goals. It didn't appear as though Stanwick would be much involved, even though she entered with 28 goals on 48 shots (58 percent) and had scored three goals in a win over Maryland in the NCAA quarterfinals last year.

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Yesterday, however, senior defender Greta Summers forced Stanwick into four turnovers and 0-for-3 shooting through the first 51-plus minutes. But with 8 minutes 30 seconds to play, Stanwick got loose near the crease and scored on a one-time shot off a pass from senior Sarah Oliphant for a 7-6 lead.

After the teams traded possessions, Stanwick noticed that senior Lauren Redler was open as she inbounded the ball off a re-start. She passed to Redler, who scored on a close shot for the final points with 3:54 left.

"I was just in the right place at the right time," Stanwick said of the winning goal.

Georgetown Coach Ricky Fried said: "I thought Greta turned her head for a second, which is to take nothing away from her because she played great defense all game. I also don't think many people could have made the pass that Sarah made. She put it right through the crease."

The loss continued a slow start for Maryland (7-5). The Terrapins have lost to teams that were ranked Nos. 1, 2, 4, 7 and 8 at the time of the game.

They led 6-2 yesterday following a goal by senior Acacia Walker with 23:17 to play. For the rest of the game, however, they were outshot 11-2 and had seven turnovers, including a failed clearing pass that Redler intercepted and converted into a breakaway goal to cut the deficit to 6-3 with 21:25 left.

The goal off the failed clear "was something that definitely got them going," Maryland Coach Cindy Timchal said. "We need to find the strength to play two good halves. We didn't find it today, hopefully we will Saturday," against No. 12 Johns Hopkins.

Said Redler: "We work on being patient when the other team is clearing. That's all I did, took advantage of their mistake."

Summers played well despite the loss. On Maryland's first three goals, she scored once and assisted on two, both on breakaways. Summers also had shut out Oliphant in a 13-8 win in the regular season last year.

Maryland leads the all-time series 13-3, but Georgetown has won the past two.

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