COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 1 Maryland women’s lacrosse team topped Virginia Tech 22-12 Saturday at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex to earn the top seed in the upcoming ACC Championship.
Maryland (16-1, 6-1 ACC) wrapped up a share of the regular season conference title and will battle for a sixth-straight tournament championship when the ACC Women’s Lacrosse Championship begins next Thursday at Boston College. Senior Beth Glaros led the Terps with five goals as Maryland honored its six-member senior class prior to first draw. Sophomore Halle Majorana posted a career day with four goals. Brooke Griffin added four goals and Kelly McPartland and Taylor Cummings chipped in with two each.
Glaros wasted little time kicking off a high-scoring half with a score 42 seconds into the contest. Maryland and Virginia Tech (7-9, 0-7 ACC) combined for 19 goals in the opening stanza alone. VT answered with a Megan Will goal at 27:44 before Maryland notched three unanswered tallies from McPartland, Glaros and Majorana for a 4-1 lead with 25:44 remaining in the first half.
After a Hokie score at 22:25, Maryland compiled another punishing 3-0 run featuring goals from Griffin (2) and Majorana for a 7-2 cushion 10 minutes into the game. VT shrunk the lead to four with a Meghan Macera tally at 17:21 and the two squads exchanged goals twice before Maryland compiled its third 3-0 rally of the contest with scores by Erin Collins, Glaros and Majorana for an 11-5 lead with 2:22 remaining in the first half.
Will notched a goal for the Hokies and McPartland found the back of the net for the Terps with under a minute left in the period for a 13-6 score at the break.
The Terps – who utilized their entire bench for the majority of the second half – picked up two goals in the 25th minute of the second half by Majorana and Bryn Boucher to extend their lead to nine. Virginia Tech answered with four straight goals in a seven-minute frame in-and-around the 20-minute mark for a 15-10 score.
Maryland stepped on the gas with its biggest scoring stretch of the game, posting six unanswered goals from Glaros, Cummings, Griffin (2), Zoe Stukenberg and Mattie Meredith to get the clock running with 13 minutes remaining.
VT picked up a goal from Meg Bartley at 11:50 but a Theo Kwas tally negated the score. Julia Heaps capped the scoring with a Hokie goal with 5:25 to play before Maryland held possession for a 22-12 final in the Terps’ last regular season game as a member of the ACC.
In addition to Glaros, the Terps honored seniors Mary Angstadt, Annie Farrell, Kelsey Horton, Jen Mendez and Amalie Trentzsch. Maryland shot a sparkling 22-for-30 in the game. Cummings was sensational across the board, adding nine draw controls, three ground balls and three caused turnovers to her two-goal showing Saturday.
“It was a good day to honor our seniors and a good day to celebrate Maryland women’s lacrosse,” head coach Cathy Reese said. “We saw a lot of great things from a lot of people today on the offensive end. We executed well and shot well and that was important and obviously a crucial part of our success.”
Maryland travels to the ACC Championship Thursday where it will face Virginia Tech at 11 a.m. in the first round. The game will be shown live on RSN affiliates.