No. 4 Maryland Dominates No. 6 Duke in the ACC Semifinals

DURHAM, N.C. – Alex Aust tallied seven points on four assists and three goals to lead No. 3 seed Maryland in a 12-3 rout of second-seeded Duke in the semifinals of the 2012 ACC Women's Lacrosse Championship Saturday.

With four assists on the day, Aust has recorded nine assists in the tournament, an ACC championship record. Maryland (15-3) held Duke (10-6) to a tournament-record low three goals in the match. Katie Schwarzmann single handedly outscored the Blue Devil attack, registering four goals.

Duke landed on the scoreboard first with a Kim Wenger goal at 28:03 but would not be able to notch its second goal until the 27:07 mark of the second period. Following the first media timeout, the Terps regrouped for a punishing 6-0 run, which included three goals and one assist from Aust.

Following Duke midfielder Taylor Trimble's goal three minutes into the second half, the Terrapins erupted for another 6-0 run, this time highlighted by a hat trick from Schwarzmann. Duke was able to muster a mere 13 shots on the day, nine of which were saved by Terp goalie Brittany Dipper. Maryland turned the ball over only once and dominated the ground ball category 14-4.

Iliana Sanza led a tremendous defensive effort with three ground balls, two draw controls and a pair of caused turnovers. Freshman Erin Collins also tallied three ground balls.

Saturday's win also avenged an early-season, one-goal loss to the Blue Devils.

“I think this was the most complete game of lacrosse we've played all season,” head coach Cathy Reese said. “I thought we played awesome defense. Brittany Dipper made some great saves in goal which got our momentum going. We moved the ball so well on offense and were able - after a tough start - to put the ball in the back of the net.”

The Terps face top-seeded North Carolina for a shot at their unprecedented fourth straight conference crown Monday night. First draw is slated for 7:00 p.m. on ESPNU and ESPN3.

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DURHAM, N.C. – Sixth-ranked Duke did not allow a Terrapins goal for nearly 23 minutes to start the game, but the Blue Devils could not take advantage of the opportunity and ultimately dropped a 12-3 decision to No. 4 Maryland Saturday afternoon in the 2012 ACC Women's Lacrosse Championship semifinals.

“I'd like to congratulate Maryland on a really hard-earned, well-deserved win,” said head coach Kerstin Kimel. “I thought they played really great from start to finish of the game, so I'd like to congratulate them on a great ACC Tournament win.”

The Blue Devils (10-6, 3-2 ACC) received a goal each from Kat Thomas, Taylor Trimble and Kim Wenger, while Kerrin Maurer and Molly Quirke each added an assist. Alex Aust led the way for the Terps (15-3, 3-2 ACC) with seven points on three goals and four assists, followed by Katie Schwarzman with four goals and Karri Ellen Johnson with two goals and two assists.

Duke starting goaltender Mollie Mackler made 12 saves, her fourth double-digit save performance of the season, but the Blue Devils, who were outshot 28-13, were unable to match Maryland's offensive production in the end.

The Blue Devils got off to a quick start with Wenger putting Duke up 1-0 less than two minutes. Duke's defense initially flustered the Maryland attack as Mackler stopped five of the Terps' first eight shots. However, Maryland broke through with 7:31 to go in the first half on a goal from Schwarzman and closed out the half with a 4-0 run.

“Our game plan was to really have the ball on our offensive end and make [Maryland] play defense for an extended period of time and then look to attack,” added Kimel.

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