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

“I think we have come a long way. Clearly, this season has been a bumpy one for us. There were some moments where we felt we had it going, and then we kind of let up. This weekend, we can together as a team off thefield and it really showed on the field. We've got great fight and determination and hustle and we can push the girls even harder because theyhave that much more to give.”

The Cavaliers dominated possessions in the first half,winning five of the first seven draws. Courtney Swan (So., Vero Beach, Fla.) had six draw controls in the first half. She finished the game with seven draws, also scoring a goal and dishing an assist.

Virginia capitalized on their early possessions, taking a 2-1 lead on a goal from Ashlee Warner (Jr., Corning, N.Y.) and the fifth goal of the tournament from Liza Blue (So., Butler, Md.) on a feed from Swan.

Maryland used their speed to score four straight goals, taking a 5-2 lead with 13:40 left in the first half. Virginia outscored theTerrapins 3-1 in the final seven minutes of the period, including a free position goal from Swan with 34 seconds left on the clock, to go into the locker room trailing by a point, 7-6.

In the second half, it was Maryland who dominated the draw, 7-3. The Terrapins scored two goals in the first 10 minutes of the second half to take a 9-6 lead. Dana Boyle (R-So., Londonderry, N.H.) snapped the scoring streak with an unassisted goal, her 23rd of the season, with 19:01 remaining.

Maryland outscored the Cavaliers 4-2 in the final 19 minutes to advance to its fifth-straight ACC Championship game.

The teams were even in draw controls at game's end. Maryland held a 14-9 edge on ground balls, several of which were turned into open-field scoring opportunities.

“We went in at halftime, kind of looked at each other, and took a deep breath,” Maryland head coach Cathy Reese said. “We wanted to do a better job in the second half on draw controls. That was our main focus – 'Just get it.'”

Warner and Bocklet finished with two goals apiece. Morgan Stephens (So., Olney, Md.) scored a goal, caused a turnover, and got four ground balls.

Goalkeeper Kim Kolarik (Sr., Riva, Md.) had five saves, including four in the first half.

Fifth-seeded Virgina advanced to the semifinals with a 10-7 upset win over fourth-seeded Duke.

The Cavaliers have made 17 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances under Myers.

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