No. 1 Terps Top UVa to Head to 6th Straight ACC Title Game

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The No. 1 Maryland topped Virginia 13-9 to advance to its sixth straight Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Lacrosse Championship game Friday at Fetzer Field.

The Terps (18-0) were led by Katie Schwarzmann, Kelly McPartland, Brooke Griffin and Alex Aust who all racked up a hat trick each. Schwarzmann moved to third all-time in career goals at Maryland (221) with three on the day. Griffin and Aust added two assists for a game-high five points.

Schwarzmann – the defending Tewaaraton Award winner – was dominant all over the field for Maryland in the first period, racking up two goals, two ground balls, two caused turnovers and three draw controls.

Virginia – which upset Duke in first round action - kicked off the game with a goal from Ashlee Warner 69 seconds into the game. The Terrapins quickly answered with a high-paced transition goal from Griffin to McPartland about 30 seconds later.

Following another Cavalier goal, the Terps went on a 4-0 run, courtesy of scores from Schwarzmann, McPartland, Griffin and Aust. The Cavaliers wouldn't get back on the board again until 9:36 with a Casey Bocklet tally for a 5-3 Maryland lead.

Schwarzmann answered two minutes later on a spectacular caused turnover-ground ball-goal sequence for a four-goal lead before Virginia recorded three of the final four scores of the game as Maryland registered a 7-6 cushion at the half.

After nearly six minutes of scoreless lacrosse in the second, Aust put the Terps back up by two with a goal off an assist by Taylor Cummings. Glaros then came up with a big interception on a Virginia clear, setting up a Griffin tally - Maryland's ninth goal of the game.

Scores by attackers Griffin and Aust extended Maryland's lead to four before a Warner free position put the game at 11-8 with 11 minutes remaining. The Terps utilized a strategic offense to eat about nine minutes worth of clock in the waning moments of the game before Morgan Stephens notched another free position for UVA for a three-goal Maryland lead.

A Schwarzmann goal from Aust capped the scoring at 13-9.

"I thought it was a great game, exactly what you would expect from an ACC semifinal," head coach Cathy Reese said. "We went into halftime and took a few breaths. We wanted to be able to come out in the second half and do a better job with draw controls. We thought Virginia really controlled the tempo of the game in the first half and we needed to do a better job of that in the second half. For us, that was our main focus. Overall it was a good game and we're really looking forward to playing again on Sunday."

Maryland will play the winner of the North Carolina/Boston College semifinal in the championship game at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday as it seeks its fifth straight ACC title.

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Virginia was eliminated from the ACC Tournament with a 13-9 semifinal loss to the top-ranked Maryland Terrapins.

“I thought it was a really hard-fought game,” said head coach Julie Myers. “Clearly, we made a few too many mistakes, in our transition game in particular, where Maryland was able to capitalize. I thought that at times we made great defensive stands. On offense, we were able to really take it to the goal and kind of have our way a little bit. It was disappointing to lose, but I feel proud of the team's effort and the fight that they showed.”

With the loss, Virginia falls to 9-9 on the season while Maryland improves to 18-0. By finishing with a non-losing record, the Cavaliers are eligible for postseason play and will learn on Monday, May 5 if they have been selected as one of the 26 teams in the field of the 2013 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Tournament.

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