Each week during the 2013-14 season a Maryland student-athlete, who has shown excellence on and off the playing field, will be selected as the Solomon Eye Associates Terp of the Week. This week's Solomon Eye Associates Terp of the Week is redshirt junior Brooke Griffin of the Maryland women’s lacrosse team.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Redshirt junior attacker Brooke Griffin led the Maryland women’s lacrosse team to its sixth consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference title Sunday, capping the Terps’ tremendous three-game tourney with 15 points, including a stellar seven-goal showing against Virginia in the semifinals.
“Offensively I thought we were very selfless,” head coach Cathy Reese said after Friday’s semifinals. “We were working for each other to find openings and we shot well against a really good goalie so all-in-all it was a good day for us and gives us some good groundwork moving forward.”
Griffin’s seven-goal outing against the Cavaliers tied an ACC championship record first set by Maryland legend Jen Adams against North Carolina in the 1999 semifinals and later by Virginia’s Tyler Leachman versus UNC in the 2006 semifinal round. Her nine overall points fell one shy of another ACC Championship mark.
And she didn’t stop there. The ACC Championship Most Valuable Player propelled the Terps to a decisive 13-7 victory against ACC newcomer and second-ranked Syracuse in the title game. Griffin, who is one of four Tewaaraton nominees for Maryland, posted three goals and two assists for five points against the Orange. She now leads the Terps with a massive 54 goals, but the stats mean very little for the unselfish captain from Edgewater, Md.
“We just played together all weekend and from goalie all the way down to our offense and really connected well,” Griffin, who also captured Brine National Player of the Week honors for the second time this season, said. “We were in attacking mode and I just got the right opportunities at the right times.”
Griffin and the Terps, who boast a stellar 19-1 record, will look to continue their high-powered attack in the 2014 NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship, which begins with first and second round action May 9-11. The tournament bracket will be announced this Sunday.