No. 1 Maryland Sprints By Penn State In NCAA Semifinals

The Boston College women's lacrosse team lost to Maryland by a score of 16-13 in today's NCAA Championship, ending a storybook run to the finals. Now Walker must figure out a way to take down mighty Maryland (22-0), which has a record 12 national titles to its credit.

Boston College gave its conspicuously garbed fans plenty to cheer about by scoring three straight goals, two by Kenzie Kent (five goals, five assists) to make it 10-8.

A year after falling to North Carolina in the final, Maryland captured its 13th women's lacrosse championship. The program has fallen short in its past nine title-game appearances, including four times during Tillman's seven-year tenure.

The Terps completed an undefeated season for the fifth time in program history and the first time since 2001.

After being shut out for the last 16:11 of the first half, the Terps stormed out of halftime with five goals in the first 4:29 of the second half to regain command.

"There was a lot of unknowns going into the season, and there was a lot of people that questioned where Maryland would be", coach Cathy Reese said.

"Caroline played great", senior captain Zoe Stukenberg said.

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But Maryland opened the second half on a 5-0 run - enough to slam the door in most cases, but most teams don't boast Kent. Rambo, who is the Terps' all-time point leader, is also one of five finalists for the Tewaaraton Award, lacrosse's version of the Heisman, with 83 points this season.

"It's really exciting to watch", he said. Defenseman Nadine Hadnagy from Farmingdale, who held Kent to one goal and one assist in the first half, made a takeaway, streaked coast to coast and dished to Steele for a goal that made it 15-11 with 5:59 left.

"We've had some pretty close games with them over the past three years that we've been playing in conference with them", Maryland defenseman Tim Muller said.

New Canaan's Elizabeth Miller and the Boston College Eagles will take on Navy in the NCAA Div. "I think that, more than contempt, is what it brings out". "We've got to be on our toes and be focused". They're a very good team.

If Penn State is able to get by Maryland on Friday, it will play the victor of Boston College and Navy at 11 a.m.in the NCAA title game at Gillette Stadium.

Junior attacker Taylor Hensh finished with a hat trick while sophomore midfielder Jen Giles, junior attacker Megan Whittle and freshman attacker Kali Hartshorn each scored twice. "Both teams get the benefit from that", Nadelen said.

  • Alfonso Moody