No. 4 Maryland Runs by Virginia Tech in ACC Quarterfinals

DURHAM, N.C. – Alex Aust tied a conference tournament record with five assists as third-seeded Maryland toppled Virginia Tech 15-7 in the quarterfinals of the ACC Women's Lacrosse Championship Friday.

Of the Terps' 15 goals on the day, 10 were assisted. Karri Ellen Johnson tallied a game-high four goals and Katie Schwarzmann and Brooke Griffin added a hat trick each for Maryland (14-3). Aust, who tied a single-game tournament record with five assists, is now ninth in Maryland single-season history with 39.

The two teams, which battled each other in the league regular season finale only six days ago, played even lacrosse through the game's first 12 minutes. With the contest netted at three apiece, the Terps compiled a devastating 4-0 run, including a pair of scores from Schwarzmann.

Virginia Tech (9-7) attacker Megan Will stopped the streak with 6:39 remaining in the first period only to watch Maryland score another five unanswered goals, including a pair to kick off the second stanza. Maryland was able to utilize its bench in the second half, allowing key starters to rest for Saturday's semifinal action against second-seeded Duke. The Terps picked up goals from reserve players Mary Angstadt, Danielle Kirk and Bria Phillips in Friday's win against Tech.

The Terrapin defense held Virginia Tech to a season-low 11 shots on the day. Maryland dominated the draw 16-8, including a game-high seven from Johnson. Defenders Melissa Diepold and Megan Douty combined for five ground balls as the Terps stayed undefeated in the first round of the ACC championship.

“I think this is probably the warmest weather we have competed in all season,” head coach Cathy Reese said. “Knowing that this is a tournament, we were able to come out victoriously and play tomorrow. I was glad to have a chance to rest the starters.”

The Terps continue their quest for an unprecedented fourth-straight ACC tournament title when they look to avenge an early-season loss to Duke at 3:00 p.m. Saturday.

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DURHAM, N.C. – In the opening round of the ACC Tournament, Virginia Tech fell to the No. 4 Maryland Terrapins, 15-7, at Koskinen Stadium on the Duke University campus.

Freshman Megan Will led the Hokies as she was the only player to tally more than one point, finishing the game with three goals. Karri Ellen Johnson paced the Terps with four goals, while Alex Aust set an ACC Tournament record five assists.

Maryland (14-3) came out attacking; putting away two quick goals in the opening minute and a half of the game, but the Hokies (9-7) remained calm and eventually evened things up minutes later.

Senior Morgan Widlake got Tech on the board six minutes into the game. After the goal freshman Meg Bartley won the following draw, helping junior Brooke Martin make it back-to-back goals. Martin created an opportunity for herself after senior Jessica Nonn fed her from beyond the 8-meter.

Maryland struck again four minutes later, but Bartley countered the goal with one of her own after coming from behind the cage and hesitating in front, before finding a gap and capitalizing.

A four-goal run from the Terps would follow the last Hokie goal, but Will was able to end the run when she put away a free position attempt. Three more goals from Maryland would help it to a comfortable 10-4 halftime lead. The Terps also took the shooting edge, 17-6 in the first half, though Tech was nearly perfect, capitalizing on four if its six attempts.

Similar to the game a week prior, both teams were close on the draw, but Maryland took the slight, 9-6 advantage.

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2012-04-20



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