At different times against No. 6 Georgetown yesterday, Maryland senior Cara Gorman was the team's first-, second- and third-string goaltender. In the end, however, she made crucial contributions to top-ranked Maryland's 13-10 victory at North Kehoe Field.
Gorman finished with 10 saves -- all in the second half -- as the Terrapins came back from an 8-5 halftime deficit. Gorman likely did not have any idea she would play such a role in the victory when the game started.
Senior starting goaltender Alexis Venechanos left the game with a sprained right knee early in the first half. Gorman took her place, but yielded two goals on two shots. Venechanos re-entered the game following the second goal, but soon re-injured her knee.
This time, sophomore Kirah Miles replaced Venechanos. At halftime, Miles and Gorman both warmed up with assistant coaches. Both were on the sidelines just before the second half started when Maryland Coach Cindy Timchal told Gorman to go onto the field.
Gorman saved two close shots by Georgetown leading scorer Wick Stanwick four minutes into the half and did not look back. Venechanos will have an MRI exam today, but the team clearly is in good hands with Gorman.
"I don't know why I chose her," Timchal said. "It was just a premonition."
Said Gorman: "I've worked for this for four years. It was incredible."
Georgetown (6-3) led 8-5 when senior Hillary Polk-Williams scored with one second left in the first half.
Maryland (11-0) went on a 7-1 run to start the second half, culminating in a goal by sophomore Annie Collins for a 12-9 lead with 7 minutes 6 seconds to play. Freshman Delia Cox had three goals on three shots in the surge.
Cox finished with four goals and junior Kelly Coppedge added three goals for the Terrapins. Stanwick and junior Anouk Peters each had two goals for Georgetown.
"My players stopped competing in the second half," Georgetown Coach Kim Simons said. "I don't want to take anything away from their goalie, but our shooting was terrible."
Maryland is 12-1 all-time against Georgetown. The Terrapins also appear to be back to their normal standard -- they won seven straight NCAA titles until losing in the quarterfinals last season.
"I feel anyone on our team can score," Cox said. "It depends on who has their 'A' game."