#3 Terps Stumble at #4 UNC Saturday
April 7, 2012
Maryland (11-3, 2-2 ACC) outscored North Carolina (13-1, 5-0 ACC) 7-5 in the second stanza after trailing 9-4 at halftime.
Schwarzmann tallied three or more goals for the 10th time this season. With three goals and two assists in the contest, Aust, the reigning ACC Offensive Player of the Week, recorded four or more points for the fifth consecutive game. Beth Glaros added a pair of goals and Kristy Black dished three assists to help lead Maryland.
UNC began the game on a 3-0 run, courtesy of a trio of scores from Kara Cannizzaro, and never relinquished the lead. Karri Ellen Johnson tallied Maryland's first goal with 24:05 left in the first stanza. The goal moved the senior attacker into sole possession of No. 2 on the Terps' career goals list with 220.
After trailing by as many as six goals in the first half - it's largest deficit of the season - Maryland came out inspired in the second half and put together a solid 4-0 run in-and-around the 20-minute mark to shrink the Carolina lead to 11-9.
But UNC outscored Maryland 3-2 in the final 10 minutes to secure the win and the ACC regular season title. The Tar Heel win snapped a three-game winning streak for Maryland in the series.
"I thought we came out hard in the second half and really stepped up the pace of our attack," head coach Cathy Reese said. "I think our team has the opportunity to take a lot from this game as we move forward to our next two matches and then the ACC tournament."
The loss is Maryland's third in 2012 - the most since the 2008 season.
Brittany Dipper had a solid game in the cage with eight saves. Glaros and Johnson combined for 11 of Maryland's 17 draw controls. Iliana Sanza led the way defensively with three caused turnovers and three ground balls.
Maryland returns to action on Wednesday when it travels to Princeton. The Terps cap ACC regular season play when they play host to Virginia Tech next Saturday at Ludwig Field.