No. 1 Maryland Runs by Va. Tech to Go 15-0

BLACKSBURG, Va. Danielle Kirk and Sarah Mollison notched hat tricks to lead No. 1 Maryland as it capped a perfect ACC regular season record Saturday with a 16-8 victory at Virginia Tech.

As the top seed in next week's ACC Championship in Cary, N.C., Maryland (15-0, 5-0 ACC) will battle the winner of Thursday's Boston College/Virginia matchup Friday at 5:00 p.m. The game will be available live on the ACC Network at theacc.com.

In addition to multi-goal showings from Mollison and Kirk, Beth Glaros and Alex Aust added two goals each to spark the Terps to their 25th consecutive win. Saturday's game was moved indoors to the Rector Field House due to inclement weather in Blacksburg.

The Terps offense wasted no time getting on the scoreboard, netting their first goal a mere 36 seconds into the contest. Virginia Tech (10-7, 1-4 ACC) answered two minutes later before Maryland went on a hefty 10-0 run, highlighted by two goals each from Aust, Glaros and Mollison.

Two early goals from Kirk and Bria Philips kicked off the second stanza and extended Maryland's lead to 13-2. The squad's exchanged goals the remainder of the period with Maryland using its entire bench for the majority of the second half.

"We came out strong today and did a nice job focusing on the things we wanted to accomplish," head coach Cathy Reese, who has now won at least a share of the ACC regular season crown in each of her first five seasons, said.

Maryland, which held its opponent to 10 or fewer goals for the 11th consecutive match, seeks its third straight ACC Championship next week in Cary at WakeMed Soccer Park.

2011-04-16



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