TOWSON, Md. – Top-seeded Maryland captured its 12th national title Sunday with a 15-12 victory against No. 2 seed Syracuse in front of a record crowd of 10,311 at the 2014 NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship at Johnny Unitas Stadium.
Maryland (23-1) was led in scoring by lone senior starter Beth Glaros, who notched five goals. Taylor Cummings, Brooke Griffin and Kristen Lamon added hat tricks. The Terrapins boasted a 16-13 advantage in the draw circle, including eight from Cummings, en route to their first national championship since 2010.
Maryland’s offense erupted from the onset, posting a commanding 5-0 run in the first 4:20 of the game. After Lamon began the drive with a score 43 seconds in the contest, Glaros and Cummings each found the back of the net for a 3-0 Terrapin lead. Lamon extended the cushion to four after an incredible feed from Kelly McPartland before the All-American midfielder gave Maryland its fifth consecutive goal at 25:40.
After Maryland was able to snag the first six draw controls of the game, Syracuse was finally able to gain its first possession and Kayla Treanor provided the Orange with a goal at 24:20. Amy Cross made it two-straight for Syracuse with a tally 1:20 later.
Treanor shrunk Maryland’s lead to two with a top-shelf score at 12:06 and Alyssa Murray made it four-in-a-row for the Orange with a goal at 9:42 for a 5-4 match.
Cummings snapped a 16-minute scoring drought with an absolute rocket at 9:34 to push Maryland’s lead back to two and Glaros extended it to three with a free position goal following a Syracuse yellow card, one of six issued to the Orange Sunday. Cummings – a Tewaaraton finalist – made it a hat trick with a tally through traffic with about five minutes remaining in the first half and gave Maryland a 9-6 lead at the break.
Syracuse struck first in the second stanza but the Terrapins quickly countered after an unselfish look from Cummings to Griffin for a 10-7 score with 27 minutes remaining before a second consecutive tally by Griffin extended the Maryland advantage to four.
Griffin continued to make her presence known in the final period, completing a second-half hat trick with a spectacular move around the crease for a five-goal Terrapin lead at 21:26. Lamon became the fourth Terrapin to record a hat trick with a free position goal for a 13-7 game with 19:38 remaining.
Syracuse halted the 4-0 run with a Kailah Kempney effort at 17:53 to end a nine-minute scoring lull before Glaros picked up two straight goals to push Maryland’s lead to seven.
The Orange mustered one final run with four consecutive goals for a 15-12 score but the Terps’ defense buckled down in the final four minutes of play to take home the title.
“What an amazing night this is for our Maryland lacrosse program," head coach Cathy Reese said. "Our girls came out and fought hard from the opening whistle until the end. Lacrosse is a game of runs and there were a lot of them tonight. We really stuck together and played the full 60 minutes and we are really excited to come away with the national championship.”
Maryland’s 23 wins in 2014 ties a program-record, originally set in 2001 when the Terps went 23-0 on their way to a seventh-consecutive national championship.