Maryland ends North Carolina's streak, remains unbeaten after seesaw battle
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- No. 1 Maryland clinched at least a share of the ACC regular-season title with a 14-13 victory against No. 2 North Carolina on Saturday.
The Terps (14-0, 4-0 ACC) were led by senior Katie Schwarzmann and freshman Taylor Cummings, who recorded five and four goals, respectively. Brooke Griffin added three assists as Maryland set an attendance record at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex with a crowd of 2,347.
The teams headed into the half knotted at eight apiece with six lead changes and seven ties in the first period alone. North Carolina (11-2, 4-1 ACC) held a 11-6 draw control advantage in the first half and also outshot the Terps 19-12.
Schwarzmann scored the first goal of the game at 26:52 before UNC answered 52 seconds later. A score by Abbey Friend near the 20-minute mark of the period gave the Tar Heels -- who headed into the game riding an 11-game winning streak -- their first lead of the match.
Maryland regained control with three tallies by Cummings, Alex Aust and Kristen Lamon in a 71-second span before North Carolina answered with three of its own for a 5-4 lead. The Terps outscored UNC 4-3 the final 6:13 of the period with neither team registering more than two unanswered goals.
The Terps gained momentum in the second period with the help of a 7-5 draw control advantage and also edged the Tar Heels in shots. A four-goal run heading into the 22-minute mark gave Maryland its largest lead of the game at 12-9. Shwarzmann and Cummings added Maryland's final scores as the Terps' defense limited UNC to four scores in the final 20 minutes of the contest for the win.
Kasey Howard was spectacular in goal, scoring a double-digit save performance with 11. Cummings led the way with six draw controls and Alice Mercer added three.
"I thought it was a great game all around," head coach Cathy Reese said. "I think you have two very talented teams with outstanding athletes who played hard. We saw the ups and the downs from both teams and I'm excited we drew the kind of crowd we did for a game like this."