#1 Terps Top VT, Advance to ACC Semifinals

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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. For the second straight game, sophomore Halle Majorana posted four goals as top-seeded Maryland defeated Virginia Tech 14-9 in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Lacrosse Championship Thursday at Alumni Stadium.

The Terps (17-1) picked up scoring from seven different players. In addition to Majorana, Taylor Cummings (3g), Zoe Stukenberg (2g) and Beth Glaros (2g) notched multiple goals for the Terps, who beat Virginia Tech for the second straight game after topping the Hokies 22-12 last Saturday in College Park. Kelly McPartland, Erin Collins and Kristen Lamon also scored for Maryland.

Stukenberg kicked off the scoring for the Terps, posting a free position tally at 28:24 and sparking a tone-setting 6-0 run to begin tournament action. Cummings and McPartland put the Terps up by three with a pair of unassisted tallies at 25:59 and 24:08, respectively, before Collins and Glaros both found the back of the net off two Majorana assists for a 5-0 lead with 19 minutes to play in the first. Majorana got in on the scoring herself at 18:11 to secure a six-goal cushion for the Terps.

Julia Heaps put the Hokies on the board with a goal at 13:31 and VT shrunk the Terps’ lead to four with another tally at 12:27. Cummings’ free position goal halted the brief VT scoring drive for a 7-2 contest at 10:51 but VT managed to put a third goal on the scoreboard with a Kelly Naslonski tally at 8:13.

A Glaros goal with 7:21 remaining in the half made it an 8-3 match before both teams exchanged 2-0 runs for a 10-5 halftime score.

Stukenberg again set off the scoring in the second stanza with her second goal of the game nearly four minutes into play. Majorana tacked on two more to give Maryland a decisive 13-5 advantage with 21:26 remaining in the game.

The Hokies picked up their first tally of the second half with Jack Boissonneault’s second goal of the game at 17:39. Majorana posted her fourth goal and the Terps’ 14th and final tally of the contest after causing a turnover, scooping the ground ball and nailing a long-distance, empty-net score at 12:56.

Virginia Tech posted the final three goals of the game for a 14-9 final.

Despite heavy winds, Maryland was nearly perfect on the clear (16-for-18) while VT went 13-for-20. Megan Douty, Kelly McPartland and Alice Mercer posted three ground balls each to lead the defense. Cummings recorded a Terrapin-high five draw controls.

“I was really proud of our team today,” head coach Cathy Reese said. “We saw a lot of really good things from a lot of people. Having played Virginia Tech last weekend, we had some things we wanted to improve on and I think we did that today. I give Virginia Tech a lot of credit because they came out hard and really challenged us all over the field.”

Maryland will face No. 5 seed Virginia in the semifinals on Friday at 1 p.m. The game will be shown live on RSN affiliates.