The Maryland women's lacrosse team's 22-4 victory over Temple in an NCAA tournament first-round game yesterday at Ludwig Field was perfunctory enough that all the conversation afterward focused on a game several hundred miles away.
The Maryland players and fans used every means of technology available to find out -- finally -- that Georgetown had defeated Duke in a 13-12 double-overtime game that ended about 30 minutes after the Maryland-Temple game.
The third-seeded Terrapins (15-4) will play Georgetown (12-4) in a quarterfinal on Sunday. The game likely will be at Ludwig Field at 1 p.m., though the official time and site will be announced today.
There was little chance Maryland's game would provide similar suspense to Georgetown's. The Terrapins scored on five of their first six shots, led 11-1 at halftime and scored the final eight goals against the Owls (11-8).
"I wasn't surprised," Temple Coach Kim Ciarrocca said. "I kind of expected it. . . . One of the things I told the team afterward was to look at how aggressive Maryland is. If they want to play to that level, they are going to have to get five or six people around the ball the way Maryland does."
Senior Kelly Coppedge had five goals, junior Acacia Walker had two goals and four assists and junior Jessica Dorney added a goal and four assists for Maryland.
Four players had one goal each and sophomore goalkeeper Megan McLouth had 12 saves for the Owls.
"I thought it went really well," Coppedge said. "Everyone was connecting on their passes, and even with the heat out there, we played as tough as we could."
The Terrapins showcased some of their trademark skills. Coppedge barely missed scoring on a behind-the-back shot and an over-the-head shot; senior reserve Jenny Marmion scored the game's best goal, on a behind-the-back shot with 27 seconds to play. It was her first goal this season.
Coppedge opened the scoring 39 seconds into the game. She scored her third goal to give Maryland a 7-1 lead with 20 minutes 32 seconds left in the first half.
In that decisive half, Maryland scored on 9 of 17 possessions when Coppedge was in the game and on 2 of 8 while she was on the sideline. Temple, meantime, went 14:30 without a shot.
It could have been worse, except for outstanding play by McLouth. She made saves on five point-blank shots.
"That definitely makes us stronger, having faced a goalie that good," Walker said.
Maryland will turn its attention to Georgetown. The Terrapins lead the all-time series 14-1, including a 13-8 victory this year.
"The quarterfinal round is where we wanted to be," Maryland Coach Cindy Timchal said before learning her team's next opponent.
In the Georgetown game, junior Catherine Elbe scored the winning goal with seven seconds left in the second overtime. The Blue Devils (13-6) led 12-11 following a goal by Michelle Menser with 7:18 left in regulation.
The Hoyas tied the game on a goal by junior Sarah Oliphant with 3:17 left. Neither team scored again until the goal by Elbe.
Elbe finished with three goals, as did Anouk Peters and Gloria Lozano, and goalie Sarah Robinson had eight saves for the Hoyas.
Georgetown lost a 10-6 lead midway through the second half.