UM women rally in 2nd half to beat Carolina in ACC final, 12-7

Coogle's OT goal gives Towson women CAA regular-season title

April 25, 2011|By Sports Digest

ACC women's lacrosse

Maryland rallies in 2nd half to beat Carolina in final, 12-7

Using an eight-goal run in the second half, No. 1 Maryland dropped No. 6 North Carolina, 12-7, en route to capturing its third consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference championship crown Sunday in Cary, N.C. Senior Laura Merrifield earned championship Most Valuable Player honors after scoring a game-high five goals and helping guide a defense that allowed one of the nation's top offenses just one goal in the second half and none in the final 26 minutes. Katie Schwarzmann (Century), Sarah Mollison and Beth Glaros (Wilde Lake) each added two goals as the Terps (17-0), who trailed by three at the half, earned their league-best eighth championship and won their 27th straight game. The Tar Heels (12-5) led by three goals at halftime. "We made some adjustments," Maryland coach Cathy Reese told the Raleigh News & Observer. "We had to create our chances. We generated more off the ball and more for each other." Maryland retook the lead at 8-7 with just under 13 minutes left in the game on a goal by Schwarzmann, who later said: "Defensively, we stepped it up. We always say our defense starts our offense." Her goal was the fourth in the game-ending 8-0 run. The Terps outshot the Tar Heels 14-5 in the second half. In addition to Merrifield, senior Katie Gallagher, junior Brittany Dipper, Mollison and Schwarzmann made the all-tournament team.

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Coogle's OT goal gives Towson CAA regular-season title

Freshman Rhiannon Coogle (North Harford) scored a career high four goals, including the game-winner with 39 seconds remaining in the second overtime period, as host Towson (10-6, 6-1) clinched the Colonial Athletic Association regular-season championship with a 12-11 victory over William & Mary (9-6, 4-2). The Tigers earned the top seed and the right to host the CAA tournament May 5-7. With the teams tied at 11, sophomore Kelly Custer won the draw control and the Tigers held the ball for more than two minutes before she found Coogle cutting toward the net for the game-winner. The Tribe won the ensuing draw control, but sophomore Alexa Demski (Loch Raven) forced a turnover by William & Mary's top scorer, Grace Golden, and came up with the ground ball. Custer forced overtime by scoring with 49 seconds left in regulation off a pass from junior Sarah Appelt. Although the Tigers have won three CAA championships since 2004, this is the first time Towson will be the top seed and the host. The Tigers are 9-2 since losing four of their first five games.

National: Alex Frank scored with 23 seconds remaining to lift host No. 5 Northwestern (14-2) to a 12-11 victory over No. 8 Stanford (14-2) . The goal was set up by Shannon Smith, who tied her single-game career high with seven goals. The Cardinal, which trailed 11-8 with under eight minutes to play, tied the score with 1:33 left. … Julianna Jeffers had a hat trick to lead host Delaware (8-9, 3-4) to a 9-6 Colonial Athletic Association victory against Old Dominion (4-10, 3-3).

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UMES women win a second 2011 national bowling title

The UMES women overcame Lindenwood, 2-1, to win the United States Bowling Congress Intercollegiate Team Championships Saturday night in Columbus, Ga., and with it their second national title this season. The previous weekend, the Hawks defeated Vanderbilt to claim their second NCAA title. The first came in 2008, when they finished third in the ITC event. UMES' Maria Rodriguez barely converted the 3-6-9 spare in the final frame to beat Lindenwood, 164-158, in the deciding game. The Hawks dropped the opening game to the Lions, 182-156, before rallying to win the second game, 189-183. "When I let the spare shot go, I thought I missed it and had cost my team the title," said Rodriguez, who narrowly made the spare by hitting the left side of the 3 pin and getting the 6 pin to fall into the 9 pin. I was too busy thinking about all the bad shots I'd made and how hard the lanes were. I'm just glad I made it." The championship match will be televised by ESPN2 on May 15 at 2 p.m.

Baseball: Virginia Tech (23-19, 7-14 ACC) used six hits, four walks and a hit batter in an eight-run fourth inning to roll to a 13-5 victory over host Maryland (17-25, 4-16). Terps starter Chuck Ghysels (1-4) took the loss. … Left-handed junior pitcher Zach McElroy (Gilman) was named Davis & Elkins' Male Athlete of the Year. He is 8-1 with a 1.73 ERA.

Softball: Visiting Maryland (32-14, 8-5 ACC) lost, 5-0, to Florida State (26-23, 8-9) despite two hits apiece by senior Marisha Branson and junior Vangie Galindo. … Towson (19-23, 6-7 CAA) lost, 8-2 and 2-0, at Hofstra (31-10, 13-1).

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