The University of Maryland women's lacrosse team captured their 13th NCAA Championship, the most overall in Division I play after a 16-13 victory over Boston College in Sunday's Final from Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Jen Giles, Megan Whittle and Kali Hartshorn each had two goals and an assist for the Terrapins (23-0). But Maryland wasn't going to be denied. Maryland lost to the Pioneers 10-5 in the championship two years ago, then fell to North Carolina last year in the championship. Based on what I saw throughout this postseason from this gritty, gutsy group, I would bet Navy would have found a way to score the tying goal had it been allowed to maintain that final possession. "To be honest with you, we didn't talk about previous year, we don't talk about the past". The past is gone and we only talk about the future. The Terps also had to battle Albany's T.D. Ierlan (No. 2 to Baptiste nationally at.708) in an 18-9 quarterfinal win in which Garino went 12-for-14 on draws. The Terrapins will now face Boston College in the national title game at 11 a.m. Sunday; it will be televised on ESPNU. This wiped out what would have given Maryland a two goal lead with under two minutes left, and gave the ball to Denver.
"It was a heck of a game tonight", head coach Cindy Timchal said after the game.
"We just know that they bring out the best in us".
Congrats to the players and coaches on a season of new records and successes! "That's the way we roll".
Each of Maryland's starting midfielders tallied hat tricks for the victors, as Giles, Hartshorn and Stukenberg accounted for more than half of their team's scoring.
After being shut out for the last 16:11 of the first half, the Terps stormed out of halftime to regain command. It remained balanced and relentless on offense. Steele's six goals tied a NCAA women's lacrosse championship game record.
The Terps put an end to Boston College's dreams of a first championship, knocking off the Eagles 16-13 behind an 11-goal second half.
Women's coach Cathy Reese has lived and breathed Maryland lacrosse. This time it turned out to be a mistake.
"MVP!" Zoe Ochoa said, hugging her teammate. But though the games were tense, there's no extra tension among the players just because the stakes are much higher.
The Terrapins used a 5-0 run in the first five minutes of the second half to break open a game that was tied 5-5 at intermission. She had a couple of tough plays and the defense wasn't helping her.
"After I lost in the Frozen Four, I couldn't be more excited to join this team", said Kent, who missed the first third of the lacrosse season due to her hockey commitment.
However, freshman Lexy Smith filled in quite capably for Hubley against Boston College and looks like she could transition seamlessly into a starting role.
"Maryland is incredible. They're fantastic", Walker said.
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