April 6, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 1 Maryland women's lacrosse team clinched at least a share of the ACC regular season title with a 14-13 victory against No. 2 North Carolina Saturday.
The Terps (14-0, 4-0 ACC) were led by senior Taylor Cummings, who recorded five and four goals, respectively. Brooke Griffin added three assists as Maryland set a new attendance record for a lacrosse game at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex with a crowd of 2,347.
The 1v2 battle lived up to the hype as the teams headed into the break knotted at eight apiece with six lead changes and seven ties in the first period alone. North Carolina (11-2, 4-1 ACC) held a stark 11-6 draw control advantage in the first stanza and also outshot the Terps 19-12. The Tar Heels also held possession a large majority of the period.
Schwarzmann tallied the first goal of the game at 26:52 before UNC answered 52 seconds later. A score by Abbey Friend near the 20-minute mark of the period gave the Tar Heels - who headed into the game riding an 11-game winning streak - their first lead of the match.
Maryland regained control with three tallies by Cummings, Alex Aust and Kristen Lamon in a 71-second span before North Carolina answered with three of its own for a 5-4 lead. The Terps outscored UNC 4-3 the final six minutes of the period with neither team tallying more than two unanswered goals.
The Terps gained momentum in the second half with the help of a 7-5 draw control advantage and also edged the Tar Heels in shots. A four-goal run in-and-around the 22-minute mark gave Maryland its largest lead of the game at 12-9 and a stout defensive presence limited UNC to four scores in the final 20 minutes of the contest for the win.
Alice Mercer added three in a breakout performance for the rookie defender.
"I thought it was a great game all around," head coach Cathy Reese said. "I think you have two very talented teams with outstanding athletes who played hard. We saw the ups and the downs from both teams and I'm excited we drew the kind of crowd we did for a game like this today."
Maryland - which secured the top seed in the upcoming ACC tournament to be held in Chapel Hill at the end of the month - continues its homestand with a game against Princeton Wednesday at 7 p.m.