April 20, 2012
DURHAM, N.C. - Alex Aust tied a conference tournament record with five assists as third-seeded Maryland toppled Virginia Tech 15-7 in the quarterfinals of the ACC Women's Lacrosse Championship Friday.
Of the Terps' 15 goals on the day, 10 were assisted. Karri Ellen Johnson tallied a game-high four goals and Katie Schwarzmann and Brooke Griffin added a hat trick each for Maryland (14-3). Aust, who tied a single-game tournament record with five assists, is now ninth in Maryland single-season history with 39.
The two teams, which battled each other in the league regular season finale only six days ago, played even lacrosse through the game's first 12 minutes. With the contest netted at three apiece, the Terps compiled a devastating 4-0 run, including a pair of scores from Schwarzmann.
Virginia Tech (9-7) attacker Megan Will stopped the streak with 6:39 remaining in the first period only to watch Maryland score another five unanswered goals, including a pair to kick off the second stanza.
Maryland was able to utilize its bench in the second half, allowing key starters to rest for Saturday's semifinal action against second-seeded Duke. The Terps picked up goals from reserve players Mary Angstadt, Danielle Kirk and Bria Phillips in Friday's win against Tech.
The Terrapin defense held Virginia Tech to a season-low 11 shots on the day. Maryland dominated the draw 16-8, including a game-high seven from Johnson. Defenders Melissa Diepold and Megan Douty combined for five ground balls as the Terps stayed undefeated in the first round of the ACC championship.
"I think this is probably the warmest weather we have competed in all season," head coach Cathy Reese said. "Knowing that this is a tournament, we were able to come out victoriously and play tomorrow. I was glad to have a chance to rest the starters."
The Terps continue their quest for an unprecedented fourth-straight ACC tournament title when they look to avenge an early-season loss to Duke at 3 p.m. Saturday.