Adams breaks Virginia's spell, lifts Terps women to 7-6 win

Maryland to meet Duke for ACC championship

College Lacrosse

April 21, 2001|By Kelly Lusk | Kelly Lusk,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ORLANDO, Fla. - Something wasn't right in the second half of last night's Atlantic Coast Conference women's lacrosse tournament semifinal game between Maryland and Virginia.

The end result seemed reasonable - the top-ranked Terrapins defeating the Cavaliers, 7-6, at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex and continuing their season-long winning streak.

But in that second half, where was the No. 1 undefeated team everyone expected to breeze to its fourth ACC title in five years? The attack that beat four top 20 opponents in seven days to cap its regular season disappeared under Virginia's pressure defense - and the Terps' 6-1, first-half lead became a 6-6 tie with 9:55 remaining to play.

Where was two-time national Player of the Year Jen Adams, who spent last week breaking records she previously made for the Terps? Scoreless because of another good defensive effort by the only team to hold her without a goal in the regular season.

"We wanted to be well-prepared," said Maryland coach Cindy Timchal, whose squad, now 14-0 this season, will play Duke at noon tomorrow for the conference title. "But we ended up just surviving it. ... Close games keep you honest. We'll use this experience to our advantage."

Survival, as it turned out for Maryland, came exactly 31 seconds after the Cavaliers tied the score, when Adams, determined not to let anyone bully her out of a conference title in her senior season, put in the game-winning goal. Maryland's only tally in the second half was a low, sidearm shot from just off the left-front of the goal, break-away pass from fellow senior attacker Meg McNamara.

"They have an excellent defensive style," Adams said. "I always want to score, but today, there was a little bit more pressure."

Adams' goal ended both a 30-minute drought for Maryland's offense and a scoreless saga of her own. She hadn't scored against the Cavaliers in 120 minutes, 53 seconds, spanning three games - since Maryland defeated Virginia in the 2000 ACC semifinals.

The Terps opened fast last night, Quinn Carney scoring twice and Tori Wellington once for a 3-0 lead about 14 minutes into the game.

"It was just the luck of the draw," Carney said of her offensive performance. "I didn't play any differently today."

Virginia's senior midfielder Lacey Aumiller halted Maryland's streak, when she scored off a pass from midfielder Mills Hook.

But the Terps answered with three more goals and led 6-1 with 4:51 remaining in the first half.

Then Virginia's offense began to work more effectively against the less-than-healthy Terrapins defense.

Virginia's Hook scored another Cavaliers goal with a pass to midfielder Jamie Haas. The sister act of Lacey and Lauren Aumiller (Notre Dame Prep) took over from there.

Lacey Aumiller added her second goal, and Lauren Aumiller threw in three to tie the score at 6 with 9:55 remaining.

Duke 10, North Carolina 5: In yesterday's other semifinal, the Blue Devils rattled off five unanswered goals in the first half, which turned out to be the final margin.

The Tar Heels rallied late in the first half with a pair of goals by Kellie Thompson that cut Duke's lead to three. But that was the closest the Tar Heels came, as Duke outscored them 4-2 in the second half to put the game away.

Junior midfielder Kate Kaiser scored five times to tie her career-high and lead Duke into its first appearance in a women's lacrosse conference title in school history.

Virginia 3 3 - 6

Maryland 6 1 - 7

Goals: V-Lau.Aumiller 3, Lac.Aumiller 2, Haas; M-Carney 3, Adams, Hobbs, McNamara, Wellingston. Assists: V-Hook 2, Lac.Aumiller, Cangemi, Haas; M-Adams 2, Wellington 2, McNamara. Saves: V-LaVerghetta 11; M-Gorman 5.

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