Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Maryland Wins Fourth Straight ACC Women’s LAX Title

(Travis Long/Raleigh News & Observer)
From TheACC.com: Maryland’s Terrapins earned a 14-10 victory over North Carolina on Monday night to become the first team to win four-straight ACC Women’s Lacrosse Championship titles. They did it with precise stick-handling, accurate passing and artful dodging that prevented the Tar Heels from threatening a late comeback on a 45-degree evening at Duke’s Koskinen Stadium.

If the Terps’ Karri Ellen Johnson hadn’t scored the last of her four goals with 18 seconds left, her team would have likely run out the final 5:41 against a talented, athletic team that was desperate to regain possession.

“If you have the ball, the other team doesn’t,” Terrapins coach Cathy Reese said. “I know that sounds really complicated.”

ILLANA SANZA (Travis Long/Raleigh News & Observer)
For Maryland, nothing about this whole story was really that self-evident. For the first time since 2007, the Terps actually lost two regular-season conference games, including a 14-11 verdict at UNC on April 7. 

That result required them to win three games in four days in this event. Furthermore, they’d need to do it with as many as five freshmen on the defensive end.

Katie Schwarzmann delivered four goals of her own and Alex Aust contributed four more assists to expand on her championship record and establish the career standard. She has 13 feeds in her three ACC Championship games – all in 2012.

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