From their central defense positions on the Maryland women's soccer team last season, Emily Janss and Jackie Mynarski often marveled at the offensive output of Keri Sarver, Emmy Harbo and Robin McCullough, the team's top three career scoring leaders.
This season, Coach Shannon Higgins-Cirovski was forced to put Janss and Mynarski into more offensive roles and last night the two seniors scored two goals apiece to lead host Maryland to a 6-0 rout of Long Island University in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Senior Lindsay Basalyga also scored twice. The Terrapins (11-9-1) advanced to the second round of the tournament for the fourth time in five appearances and will play at No. 10 Penn State Sunday at noon. Long Island, a third-year program, finished 11-9-2 after its first NCAA match.
With Sarver, Harbo and McCullough all graduating last year, Higgins-Cirovski said she wasn't sure how her team would produce offense. But since midseason, Janss and Mynarski have combined for 12 goals in 10 games, of which Maryland has won eight. Mynarski has 11 goals, Janss has eight.
"If you would have told me before the season that I would be leading the team in scoring, I would have thought we'd be in trouble," Mynarski said. "I've been getting great feeds from my teammates and I've been opportunistic. It's not like I've been scoring them on my own."
Long Island, the Northeast Conference champion, was incapable of holding possession and its defensive clearances were woeful. Janss opened the scoring in the 21st minute by deftly flicking freshman Valerie Lawrence's corner kick past goalkeeper Mary Jaeger from six yards. Mynarski made it 2-0 less than two minutes into the second half with a powerful header of Basalyga's corner kick. About three minutes later Janss was fouled just inside the right side of the penalty area and Basalyga converted the penalty kick. Janss added a crushing 13-yard volley in the 51st minute, Basalyga scored on a 25-yard free kick in the 77th minute and Mynarski headed in her second goal in the 84th.
MEN'S SOCCER: No. 13 Old Dominion (15-3-0) advanced to the semifinals of the Colonial Athletic Association tournament with a 3-0 win over eighth-seeded UNC Wilmington (8-11-1) at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex. The Monarchs (15-3-0) will face fifth-seeded William & Mary (12-6-3), which defeated American, 3-0, Friday night at 7:30. American finished 9-9-1. . . . No. 3 Richmond beat James Madison, 2-1, in overtime to advance to the CAA semifinals. Brent Cesare scored the game-winner in the 111th minute for the Spiders. Richmond will face No. 2 Virginia Commonweallth (13-5-1), which defeated East Carolina, 1-0.