Inspired Terps deck BC in rematch

After a narrow victory, UM makes short work of Eagles, 21-8

Heels win

ACC tournament

Women's College Lacrosse

April 28, 2006|By KATHERINE DUNN | KATHERINE DUNN,SUN REPORTER

When Maryland's women's lacrosse team edged Boston College by two goals Saturday, the margin of victory was too close for the Terrapins' comfort. In yesterday's rematch, the Terps quickly built a much larger comfort zone.

The No. 5 Terps scored two goals in just under two minutes and ran up an 11-goal lead late in the first half en route to a 21-8 victory in the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament at M&T Bank Stadium.

Maryland, which won the last of its five ACC titles in 2003, advances to meet defending champion and No. 1 Duke in today's 5:30 p.m. semifinal.

Yesterday, the Terps (12-5) dominated possession early and outshot the Eagles 24-4. Before Katherine Wagoner scored Boston College's second goal with 1:02 left in the half, the Eagles were already down 12-1.

While the second half was more even, Maryland dominated the possession stats in the first half, winning 10 of 15 draws and 14 of 19 ground balls.

Midfielder Kelly Kasper, who finished with three goals and two assists, said the Terps did a lot of work on ball control in practice this week.

"In last week's game, we had trouble keeping possession, so the focus of this week was handling the pressure and having confidence in ourselves to possess the ball for an extended amount of time," said Kasper, who also won nine of the 17 draws Maryland controlled in the game.

Defensively, the Terps forced 17 turnovers, which also kept them on attack much of the game.

"The game plan was to pressure out on these players and not slide as much which let them get open passes," Terps defender Becky Clipp said. "We were getting a lot of fouls called last weekend ... so it was really just discipline with your body, no swinging."

With Maryland's quick start, the Eagles (8-7), in their first ACC tournament, never got closer than within 10 goals. First-year coach Bowen Holden said the Terps were much better prepared for her Eagles this time.

"We went into [the first meeting] with a sense of what we possibly could do," Holden said of Saturday's meeting, "and we went all out from beginning to end. That resulted in a 13-11 game, because Maryland just wasn't expecting it from us. Obviously, they knew what they were going to get this time around."

Senior Delia Cox, who led the Terps with four goals and two assists, became the 12th player in Maryland history to reach the 200 career point mark.

No. 6 North Carolina 12, Virginia Tech 7 -- The Tar Heels held off a late rally from the Hokies in the other first-round game to earn a berth in today's 3 p.m. semifinal against Virginia. While the Tar Heels (12-5) led from beginning to end, the Hokies (8-9) scored four straight goals to pull within 9-7 with 8:57 left. After a Carolina timeout, Jess Allen's free-position goal broke the momentum. Erica LaGrow and Christina Juras finished off the scoring. The Tar Heels, who won their only ACC title in 2002, got three goals from Brooke Dieringer and two from their leading scorer Stephanie Scurachio. katherine.dunn@baltsun.com

Maryland 21, Boston College 8

Boston College 2 6 - 8

Maryland 12 9 - 21

Goals: BC-Fitzpatrick 2, Spatola 2, Culhane, Hannigan, McCabe, Wagoner; M-Cox 4, Kasper 3, Richards 3, Doolittle 2, Pellizzi 2, Clipp 2, Princiotto 2, Magor, Reese, McWilliams. Assists: BC-none; M-Cox 2, Kasper 2, Doolittle, Magor, Reese, Richards. Saves: BC-Zwirko 7, Monaghan 5; M-Buote 2, Cooper 2.

North Carolina 12, Virginia Tech 7

Virginia Tech 3 4 - 7

North Carolina 6 6 - 12

Goals: VT-Pieper 2, Boyle 2, Russo 2, Jones; NC-Dieringer 3, Scurachio 2, LaGrow 2, Juras, Allen, Ryan, Rude, Brooks. Assists: VT-Fuchs, Jones, McBrearty; NC-Dieringer, Juras, Allen, McCarthy. Saves: VT-Hill 5; NC-Hordy 6.

ACC women's tournament

At M&T Bank Stadium Yesterday's first round

North Carolina 12, Virginia Tech 7

Maryland 21, Boston College 8 Today's semifinals

North Carolina vs. Virginia, 3 p.m.

Maryland vs. Duke, 5:30 p.m. Sunday's final

Semifinal winners, 1 p.m.

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