CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -
The No. 1 Maryland topped Virginia 13-9 to advance to its sixth straight Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Lacrosse Championship game Friday at Fetzer Field.
The Terps (18-0) were led by Katie Schwarzmann, Kelly McPartland, Brooke Griffin and Alex Aust who all racked up a hat trick each. Schwarzmann moved to third all-time in career goals at Maryland (221) with three on the day. Griffin and Aust added two assists for a game-high five points.
Schwarzmann - the defending Tewaaraton Award winner - was dominant all over the field for Maryland in the first period, racking up two goals, two ground balls, two caused turnovers and three draw controls.
Virginia - which upset Duke in first round action - kicked off the game with a goal from Ashlee Warner 69 seconds into the game. The Terrapins quickly answered with a high-paced transition goal from Griffin to McPartland about 30 seconds later.
Following another Cavalier goal, the Terps went on a 4-0 run, courtesy of scores from Schwarzmann, McPartland, Griffin and Aust. The Cavaliers wouldn't get back on the board again until 9:36 with a Casey Bocklet tally for a 5-3 Maryland lead.
Schwarzmann answered two minutes later on a spectacular caused turnover-ground ball-goal sequence for a four-goal lead before Virginia recorded three of the final four scores of the game as Maryland registered a 7-6 cushion at the half.
After nearly six minutes of scoreless lacrosse in the second, Aust put the Terps back up by two with a goal off an assist by Taylor Cummings. Glaros then came up with a big interception on a Virginia clear, setting up a Griffin tally - Maryland's ninth goal of the game.
Scores by attackers Griffin and Aust extended Maryland's lead to four before a Warner free position put the game at 11-8 with 11 minutes remaining. The Terps utilized a strategic offense to eat about nine minutes worth of clock in the waning moments of the game before Morgan Stephens notched another free position for UVA for a three-goal Maryland lead.
A Schwarzmann goal from Aust capped the scoring at 13-9.
"I thought it was a great game, exactly what you would expect from an ACC semifinal," head coach Cathy Reese said. "We went into halftime and took a few breaths. We wanted to be able to come out in the second half and do a better job with draw controls. We thought Virginia really controlled the tempo of the game in the first half and we needed to do a better job of that in the second half. For us, that was our main focus. Overall it was a good game and we're really looking forward to playing again on Sunday."
Maryland will play North Carolina in the championship game at 5 p.m. on Sunday as it seeks its fifth straight ACC title.
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