April 26, 2009

BLACKSBURG, Va. (theACC.com) - The Maryland took a hard-fought 12-11 victory over Duke to win its sixth ACC crown in the final of the ACC Women's Lacrosse Championship on Sunday at Virginia Tech's Thompson Field. The win was the closest game of the tournament and gave the Terrapins an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.

Top seeded Maryland improves to a perfect 18-0 while the No. 3 seed Duke falls to 13-5. The Terps are now 6-2 in ACC Finals and 15-7 all-time in the ACC Championships. The league title is Maryland's first since 2003.

Maryland opened the game with a flurry of four goals in the first 10 minutes including the first after only 30 seconds. Duke answered with a string of five unanswered goals to stem the Terrapin tide and take a 5-4 lead going into halftime.

"What a game! I think we can all agree that this was a great game," said Maryland head coach Cathy Reese. "It was hard fought both ways, there were momentum swings and changes throughout this game. I thought we came out really strong in the first half and then after a timeout it really went into Duke's favor. It just felt like it went back and forth the whole time."

Duke continued their run with three more goals to take an 8-3 lead with 23 minutes remaining. The Terrapins then went on an 8-1 run over the next 18 minutes to take a 12-9 lead with two and a half minutes left in the game. Duke pulled two goals back with 2:08 and 59 seconds remaining to cut the margin to 12-11.

Championship MVP Caitlyn McFadden scored four goals in the title game including the go-ahead goal with 8:19 remaining. Sarah Mollison and Karri Ellen Johnson each posted two goals and an assist for Maryland. Duke was paced by Sarah Bullard's four goals while Caroline Cryer added two goals and three assists.

"Caitlyn McFadden was phenomenal for us today," added coach Reese. "She's a true competitor, she's an outstanding lacrosse player, but better than that, she's a great leader on our team."

Maryland's Brittany Dipper made 10 saves to get the win in goal to improve to 13-0. Duke's Kim Imbesi made six saves and took the loss to fall to 12-4.

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ACC All-Tournament Team

Sarah Bullard, Duke

Caroline Cryer, Duke

Carolyn Davis, Duke

Brittany Dipper, Maryland

Kaitlin Duff, Virginia

Kim Imbesi, Duke

Karri Ellen Johnson, Maryland

Brittany Jones, Maryland

Becky Lynch, North Carolina

Sarah Mollison, Maryland

Karissa Taylor, Maryland

MVP: Caitlyn McFadden, Maryland