No. 4 Maryland Runs by Virginia Tech in ACC Quarterfinals

The Terps made another impressionable start in the second half, again winning the opening draw and striking within the first minute. Play slowed after the quick score as both teams experienced nearly a ten-minute minute drought in production.

Will tacked on two more goals for the Hokies, scoring two of the three Tech goals in the second half. Junior Libby Rosebro also struck for Tech after putting away a quick pass from senior Ryan Rotanz, but the distance was too large to overcome.

Maryland outshot the Hokies 27-11 in the game and dominated the draw in the second half, ending the game with the 16-8 advantage.

Junior Alex Gale was in cage for the Hokies and neared a season high with six saves in the game. Brittany Dipper played the full 60 minutes in goal for the Terps and tallied four stops.

Tech will conclude the 2012 season and hold Senior Day on Saturday, April 28, when it hosts Columbia. Play will begin at 1:00 p.m.

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Durham, N.C. - Maryland (14-3) defeated Virginia Tech 15-7 in the ACC Championship quarterfinals on Friday. In all, 24 of the 29 student-athletes on the roster saw action as Maryland, seeking to become the first team to win this event in four straight years, moved on to face Duke in Saturday's 3:00 p.m. semifinal.

“Definitely a nice thing on a day like today,” said Terps coach Cathy Reese, referring to playing many members of her roster in the 75-degree temperatures and humidity at Duke University's Koskinen Stadium. “This is probably the warmest weather we've competed in this season and knowing that this is a tournament and we'd have to play tomorrow if we were victorious today.”

Alex Aust tied a championship record with five assists, the last of which came just 21 seconds into the second half, to pace a Terrapin attack that moved the ball and kept the Hokies off balance most of the day. Karri Ellen Johnson, who earlier in the week became one of the first two players in ACC history to earn all-conference honors in four seasons, delivered four goals and junior Katie Schwarzmann, who has three all-league citations of her own, found the net three times.

The Hokies hung with Maryland early, playing the first 12 minutes to a 3-3 draw. While Reese suggested her team wasn't especially charged up, Johnson said Maryland didn't feel complacent.

“Never,” she said. “Each game is a game that we take pride in. We step out and are ready to play.”

After a media time out midway through the first half, the Terrapins went on a 7-1 run that featured one of Aust's feeds and two of Schwarzmann's goals. They were then in position to play conservative lacrosse in the second half.

The Hokies (9-7) displayed considerable improvement this season. That was highlighted by an overtime win over Virginia on April 7. Players who accounted for six of Tech's seven goals are expected to return in 2013; that group is highlighted by freshman Megan Will, who scored three times on the Terps.

“I'm definitely starting to see the gap close,” coach Megan Burker said. “Consistency – both game to game and year to year – is what's going to make the mark in the end.”

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