Top-seeded Maryland, fifth-seeded Virginia reach semifinals

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April 24, 2014, CHESTNUT HILL, Massachusetts (ISN) – Top-seeded Maryland (17-1) got  off to a fast start in pursuit its sixth straight ACC Women’s Lacrosse Championship title.

 

Hallie Majorana scored four goals and assisted on two more as the Terrapins scored on a 14-9 win over eighth-seeded Virginia Tech in Thursday’s opening quarterfinal game at Alumni Stadium. The Terps advanced to face Virginia in Friday’s 1 p.m. semifinal.

“I was really proud of our team today” Maryland coach Cathy Reese said. “We saw a lot of really good things from a lot of people. Having just played Virginia Tech last weekend(a 22-12 win for the Terps), we had some things we wanted to improve on and I think we did that today. I give Virginia Tech a lot of credit because they came out hard and really challenged us all over the field.”

Taylor Cummings added three goals for the nationally top-ranked Terps, while Zoe Stukenberg and Beth Glaros added two goals each.

Megan Will delivered a hat track for the fourth straight game to lead Virginia Tech (7-10), while Jack Boissonneault and Kelly Naslonski each found the net twice.

Six different players scored goals in the first 12 minutes of the match to key the Terrapins to a 6-0 lead. The Hokies found their bearings after that, closing within 8-5 at the 5:42 mark on a pair of goals by Will just over a minute apart.

But Cummings answered for Maryland with her third goal of the opening half, and Kristen Lamon added a score off an assist from Kelly McPartland to give the Terps a 10-5 lead at the break. Marjorana then powered in a pair of goals in the first 8:34 of the second half, and Maryland was back in firm control.

Maryland outshot Virginia Tech 30-20 and forced 20 turnovers while committing 15. The Hokies held a 14-11 edge on draw controls, but the Terps won the ground ball battle, 21-17,

“I am just really proud of how our team came out and competed,” Virginia Tech coach Megan Burker. “We stuck to the game plan and I think the biggest thing we struggled with was our turnovers. I think that came back to bite us at the end of the game but overall we stuck to our game plan and fought hard. I think that made us successful until the end.”

No. 5 Virginia 7, No. 4 Duke 5

The Cavaliers (10-7) broke open a tie game with three unanswered goals down the stretch and advanced to the ACC Championship semifinals for the for the third-straight year.

The teams battled to a 3-3 tie at the break. Casey Bocklet delivered a hat track in the first 25:38 of the game to account for all of Virginia’s first-half scoring. Kerrin Mauer and Taylor Trimble each had a goal and an assist for the Blue Devils in the first 30 minutes, and Maddy Acton accounted for Duke’s other first-half goal. Virginia All-ACC keeper Liz Colgan made eight first-half saves.

The match remained knotted for the first 11 minutes of the second, but the Cavaliers then struck for two goals in a span of 26 seconds. Liza Blue – who starred Virginia’s win over Duke in last year’s ACC Championship quarterfinal match – scored her 45th goal of the season to break the tie, and Maddy Keeshan followed off an assist from Courtney Swan to put Virginia in front 5-3 with 18:14 remaining in the match.

Kelly Boyd scored off an assist from Bocklet eight minutes later for a 6-3 Virginia lead. Duke finally broke through in the second half with 7:15 remaining, when Maddy Morrisey slammed a shot home to pull the Blue Devils back within two. But Duke could never get closer, as the teams traded goals in the closing minutes to account for the 7-5 final.

“I obviously think both teams came in desperate for another win,” Virginia coach Julie Myer said. “I think we both had nice seasons and we are very comparable teams.”

Bocklet added an assist to go with her three goals, and Colgan finished with 10 saves for the Cavaliers. Kelsey Duryea made seven saves in goal for the Blue Devils. The teams were deadlocked on ground balls with 13 apiece, and Duke held a 25-18 edge in total shots, but Virginia led 11-3 in draw controls. The Blue Devils (9-7) fell short despite committing just four turnovers.

“The two things that stand out to me are we failed on two of our biggest strengths this season – the draw and our shooting percentage,” Duke coach Kerstin Kimel said. “We were 5-for- 25  (shooting). We outshot Virginia, which is a great stat, but we didn’t finish on enough shots. I think Virginia did a great job on the draw.”

Duke remains hopeful of receiving an NCAA at-large bid, while Virginia heads into Friday’s quarterfinal game in hope of avenging a 13-8 loss to Maryland on April 13. The Cavaliers’ win on Thursday followed a 16-11 regular-season loss to the Blue Devils on March 22.

“We just played Maryland a couple weeks ago so it is a recent prep for us,” Myers said. “We got to watch some of their game against VT today and there is probably not a better team out there than Maryland. Our hands will be full with the challenge.”

Photo by Eric Canha, theACC.com

 

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