May 29, 2011
STONY BROOK, N.Y. - Freshman Beth Glaros scored a career-high four goals but the top-seeded Terps fell just short of its second straight national title Sunday, dropping a tight contest to Northwestern, 8-7, in the finals of the 2011 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship.
A strong defensive effort by Northwestern slowed top scoring threats Sarah Mollison and Katie Schwarzmann, leaving the duo with only one goal on the day and hampering Maryland's top-scoring attack. Glaros netted four goals and junior Kristy Black and sophomores Alex Aust and Schwarzmann accounted for the Terps' other three scores.
The teams went into halftime tied at 5-5, with Maryland owning a 5-2 lead midway through the first stanza. Glaros scored all four of her goals in the first half.
Maryland gave it a valiant effort in the game's final minutes, with Schwarzmann shrinking the Wildcat lead to one with a goal with 1:15 left but it would be as close as the Terps would get.
Brittany Dipper registered six saves to lead the defense, which held its 19th consecutive opponent to 10 or fewer goals.
"Obviously it's tough when your season comes to an end but I am really proud of the year that we had," head coach Cathy Reese said. "We accomplished great things this year and, like I said on Friday, I am really proud of this team's effort and the fact that we really did come together in every game that we have had.
"We had a lot to overcome and to fight and today's game was a fight. It was a hard-fought game and obviously it went all the way down to the wire, so it was just exciting but it is always disappointing when it ends this way."
NOTES: Maryland is now 10-6 in NCAA Championship games...Senior Sarah Mollison saw her streak of 67 consecutive games with a point snapped in her final game...the Tewaaraton finalist leaves Maryland ninth in goals, third in assists and tied for fourth in points on the Terps' career list...Mollison, Schwarzmann and Jones were named to the all-tournament team.