No. 2 Maryland Bests No. 1 Orange to Claim ACC Crown

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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. No. 1 Syracuse had its 11-game winning streak snapped in a 13-7 setback to No. 2 Maryland in the title game of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) lacrosse championship. The Orange is now 17-2 this season with both losses coming to the Terrapins.

"We had a great week here," said Syracuse head coach Gary Gait. "There's a lot of lacrosse left and we won't have to play three games in four days again. We beat two top 10 teams in Notre Dame and North Carolina. We just didn't have enough against the best team in the country."

Seniors Alyssa Murray (West Babylon, N.Y.) and Katie Webster (Syracuse, N.Y.) and sophomore Kayla Treanor (Niskayuna, N.Y.) were named to the All-Tournament team. Brooke Griffin earned the tournament MVP award after leading the Terrapins to their sixth consecutive ACC Tournament title.

Maryland (19-1) jumped out to a 2-0 lead when Griffin scored twice on assists from Kelly McPartland in the first seven minutes. Murray put Syracuse on the scoreboard at the 19:17 mark and Treanor converted a free position to tie the game.

The teams traded goals before Griffin and McPartland connected for the third time, sparking the Terrapins on a 3-0 scoring run to put Maryland up 6-3 with 12:55 on the clock. Treanor halted the run with her third goal of the day on a crease roll, and freshman Taylor Poplawski (Lafayette, N.Y.) converted a free position attempt with 6:45 remaining to cut Maryland's lead to 7-5 at halftime.

The Terrapins opened the second half with three consecutive goals to extend its lead to 10-5 at the 16:21 mark. Webster recorded her first goal of the day on a hard shot as the Orange pulled with four but that was as close as it could get. Maryland responded with three consecutive goals, two by Beth Glaros, as it took its largest lead of the game. Webster found the back of the net with 59 seconds remaining for the 13-7 final.

Treanor finished with three goals, while Murray's goal gives her 208 in her career and sole possession of third place on Syracuse's all-time leader list. Griffin finished with five points to lead Maryland.

The Terrapins outshot Syracuse, 27-15, and picked up 11 ground balls to nine for the Orange. Maryland dominated in the circle in the first half, winning 10 of 13, but Syracuse came back in the second half and held a 6-3 advantage on the draw. Junior Kelsey Richardson (Memphis, N.Y.) started in goal for the Orange and made four saves, while senior Alyssa Costantino (West Islip, N.Y.) recorded two saves.

The Orange will close out the regular season on Saturday, May 3 when it hosts Loyola at 1:00 p.m. in the Carrier Dome.

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2014-04-27



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