Terps women run over Heels

Maryland avenges loss to UNC with 13-5 victory

Virginia next in ACC final

College Lacrosse

April 19, 2003|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Yesterday's Atlantic Coast Conference women's lacrosse semifinal game between No. 2 Maryland and No. 14 North Carolina accentuated the reversal of fortunes for both teams.

A year ago, the Terrapins lost every ACC regular-season game. Although they upset top-seeded Virginia in the tournament semifinals, they fell to a more experienced Tar Heels team in the championship game.

Yesterday at Virginia's Klockner Stadium, the Terps were the more experienced team and they showed it right away, running up a four-goal lead en route to a 13-5 victory over a young North Carolina squad. The Terps are 4-0 against ACC competition this season. The Tar Heels (5-8) are 0-4.

Maryland (14-1) will go after its fifth ACC championship in the seven-year history of the conference tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. against No. 4 Virginia, a 12-9 winner over No. 3 Duke in the other semifinal.

For the Terps, who got four goals and an assist each from Sonia Judd and ACC Player of the Year Kelly Coppedge, the victory continues to distance the team from last year's 11-10 season.

"It's a complete turnaround," said Judd, a senior midfielder. "Last year was disappointing, and to come out the top seed was a real boost for us this year. We stayed focused. It's hard going into a tournament and remaining focused on your first game and not thinking past today."

The Terps never let North Carolina get into this one. Judd scored three of the first four goals as Maryland took advantage of numerous Tar Heels mistakes. Judd's first goal came after Molly Lambert forced a turnover. Her second came when Coppedge scooped up another Heels turnover and sent a long lead pass to Judd, who beat three defenders for the goal.

Delia Cox rolled the crease to make it 3-0 before Judd put the finishing touches on the opening run for a 4-0 lead with 17:32 to go.

"If we came out complacent and gave Carolina confidence in the beginning, then it was going to be a tough game the whole way through, so we knew we had to come out with guns blazing," said Judd, whose Terps beat the Tar Heels, 10-8, during the regular season. "The team did a great job of that and kept the ball moving, feet moving and just having the confidence to take your girl on."

Brooke Dieringer's free-position goal broke the Terps momentum, but only temporarily as Maryland finished the half with a pair of goals from Coppedge.

Allison Higgins opened the second half with another free-position goal for the Tar Heels, but the Terps answered with a 7-0 run. Annie Collins' free-position goal with 6:29 left put the Terps up 13-2.

In another fine defensive display, the Terps held the Tar Heels to just 16 shots. Goalie Alexis Venechanos saved 12 to match her season high.

In the second semifinal, Virginia duplicated Maryland's opening four-goal run, but the Cavaliers (12-3) needed that margin to hold off a late Duke rally for the win.

Early on, the Cavaliers so dominated possession that Duke managed just three first-half shots. Duke coach Kerstin Kimel estimated that her team spent 27 of the first 30 minutes on defense.

Still, the Blue Devils (11-3) slowly chipped away at a Virginia lead that reached 9-3 on Amy Appelt's goal with 15:52 left in the game. Cary Chasney ran the Cavaliers' lead back to six at 12-6 with 4:43 left. But Duke, which has never won an ACC tournament, followed with two goals from Lauren Gallagher and one from Meg Barnet.

Gallagher's fourth goal of the game came after a busted play. When Virginia couldn't handle the ground ball, she snatched it in front of the goal and dumped it in.

Virginia's Lauren Aumiller controlled the next draw and despite one turnover, the Cavaliers, who last won the ACC tournament in 1998, managed to hold on to the ball much of the final two minutes.

Maryland 13, North Carolina 5

North Carolina 1 4 - 5

Maryland 6 7 - 13

Goals: NC-Dieringer 2, Higgins, McCarthy, Ames; M- Judd 4, Coppedge 4, Cox 2, Walker, Dorney, Collins. Assists: NC-Young; M-Judd, Coppedge, Cox. Saves: NC- Hoffman 1, Garofalo 1; M-Venechanos 12.

Virginia 12, Duke 9

Virginia 6 6 - 12

Duke 2 7 - 9

Goals: V-Appelt 4, Chasney 3, Banks 2, Aumiller, Connors, Thalenberg; D-Gallagher 4, Barnet, Kaiser, Chrest, Laschinger, O'Shaughnessy. Assists: V-Aumiller 3, Leachman, Chasney, Appelt; D-Kaiser 3, Chrest, Laschinger. Saves: V-Pfeiffer 2; D-Heuther 6, Powenski 0.

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