No. 2-Seed Maryland Snubs No. 3-Seed Virginia, 10-6, in Second ACC Women's Lacrosse Semifinal

April 23, 2010

 COLLEGE PARK, Md.—Second-seeded and tournament host Maryland edged third-seeded Virginia, 10-6, in today’s second semifinal of the 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Lacrosse Championship at Ludwig Field in College Park, Md. Five Terrapins scored in the win, including three goals each from junior midfielders Brandi Jones and Laura Merrifield, securing the Terrapins’ ACC record-tying ninth appearance in the conference championship game.

“I thought it was a good game,” said Maryland head coach Cathy Reese. “We played very well defensively. I think we were a little sluggish in the first half, but we got better as the second half progressed.”

The win improves Maryland to 15-1 (4-1 ACC), while the loss drops the Cavaliers to 13-4 (4-1 ACC) and snaps their seven-game winning streak.

The first half was a departure from the first three games of the championship, which combined to average 21.7 goals per game, as the two teams played to a 2-2 tie entering halftime. Senior midfielder Brittany Kalkstein gave the Cavaliers an earlier lead when she scored her first goal of the game at the 23:30 mark. Senior attacker Caity Whitely provided the assist.

Terrapin freshman midfielder Katie Schwarzmann scored the equalizing goal at the 21:30 mark and Jones put Maryland ahead, 2-1, with an assist from senior midfielder Caitlyn McFadden at the 17:08 mark.

Both teams played to a stalemate throughout much of the remainder of the half, until Kalkstein scored her second goal of the game to tie the score at 2-2 with :20 remaining.

Maryland began to pull away in the second half, going on a 5-0 run over 11:19, including a pair of goals from Jones and sophomore attacker Karri Ellen Johnson.

Virginia outscored the Terrapins, 4-3, over the final 15:42 of the game, including two more goals from Kalkstein, upping her tournament total to eight.

In goal, sophomore Brittany Dipper logged six saves for Maryland, while junior goalie Lauren Brenner had 10 stops for the Cavaliers.

Maryland outshot Virginia, 23-14, and controlled the ground ball game, 11-8. Virginia held an 11-7 draw control advantage.

The Terrapins will meet top-seeded North Carolina, which defeated fourth-seeded Duke, 14-4, in today’s first semifinal, in Sunday’s championship game at 1 p.m. The match-up will be televised live on FS Florida, FS South, and CSN Mid-Atlantic, and delayed on NESN (5:30 p.m.) and Sun Sports (7 p.m.). Mike Hogewood and Leah Secondo have the call.

North Carolina, which is ranked No. 1 in both the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association/Under Armour and deBeer/Inside Lacrosse Top-20 polls, defeated third-ranked (both polls) Maryland, 13-9, in Chapel Hill, N.C. on Wednesday.

#3 Virginia vs. #2 Maryland
Friday, April 23, 2010
Ludwig Field; College Park, Md.
Postgame Quotes

Maryland head coach Cathy Reese

Opening Statement: “I thought it was a good game. We played very well defensively. I think we were a little sluggish in the first half, but we got better as the second half progressed.”

On clearing the ball: “We did a good job defensively pressuring Virginia into taking a shot that we wanted them to take. I was pleased that we were able to do that. [Sophomore goalie Brittany] Dipper is going to make a lot of saves when we force the opposition into take a shot that we want them to.”

On playing top-seeded North Carolina in Sunday’s championship game: “It’s going to be a great game. UNC has a lot of athletes on its team. They’re very athletics and they’re very fast.

“It will be a fun game to watch.”

Maryland junior midfielder Brandi Jones:

On what sparked the Maryland offense in the second half: “I think what sparked us in the second half was we were able to get the ball moving and I was able to get a few open looks early on.”