DURHAM, N.C. — No. 4 Maryland upended No. 3 North Carolina 14-10 en route to its unprecedented fourth consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference championship Monday.
Katie Schwarzmann was named tournament most valuable player after capping her stellar weekend with a six-point showing against the Tar Heels. She joined Karri Ellen Johnson with four goals each to lead the Maryland (16-3) attack.
Monday’s win was Maryland’s third consecutive in the ACC championship against UNC (14-3). The victory avenged an early-April loss to the Tar Heels.
Maryland tallied two goals in the first four minutes of the match from Johnson and Kristy Black. Both scores came via assists from Alex Aust, who finished the championship with an ACC-tournament career-record 13 assists.
The Terps would go on to edge the Tar Heels 5-3 in the first half and, following an early UNC goal in the second, erupted for a 3-0 run near the 25-minute mark. UNC’s Abbey Friend scored to stop the drive at 21:56 but Maryland outscored the Tar Heels 5-1 in a 10-minute span midway through the second half.
The Terps were able to withstand a 4-0 run from North Carolina with time winding down in Maryland’s third game in the last four days. After a late five-minute stall by the Terps, Johnson capped the scoring with 27 seconds remaining.
Maryland’s championship is its ninth in program history.
“We knew coming into tonight that this was going to be a great game with two teams full of talented players,” head coach Cathy Reese said. “I am really proud of our team for the way that we handled the pressure and played this one out.”
With four goals Monday, Schwarzmann ended the tournament with 11, a mark that ties the ACC championship record.