Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Terps Sweep ACC LAX Tournaments

The Maryland men and women’s lacrosse teams both won their version of the ACC LAX Tournament over the Easter weekend.

The Maryland  men used patience on offense and excellence on faceoffs to rally past top-seeded Duke 11-9 on Sunday at Koskinen Stadium.

The Terrapins (10-3) won their fourth ACC title and first since 2005. Third-seeded Maryland took a second consecutive comeback win. In Friday’s semifinals, the Terrapins trailed second-seeded North Carolina 6-2 heading into the fourth quarter before taking a 7-6 victory.

The Terrapins improved to 97-21 since 2002 when holding opponents under 10 goals.

Each ACC men’s team still has one remaining regular season game.

To see video highlights, click here.

The top-ranked Maryland women’s team came from behind to defeat the fourth-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels, 12-7, and win their third consecutive ACC Women’s Lacrosse Championship Sunday afternoon at WakeMed Soccer Park.

Tournament MVP Laura Merrifield scored five goals and one assist to lead the Terps to victory.

“What an awesome game,” Maryland coach Cathy Reese exclaimed. “We obviously had to make some adjustments at halftime in order to move better together offensively and to create more opportunities. To be able to hold an offensive powerhouse like UNC to seven goals, and just one in the second half, speaks to our potential as a defensive team. I am very proud of our team.”

The teams traded goals early before third-seeded North Carolina scored four consecutive goals to claim a 6-3 halftime lead. It was the first time the top-seeded and undefeated Terrapins had trailed at halftime all year.

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