April 18, 2009

Courtesy of Maryland

BLACKSBURG, Va. - The No. 2 women's lacrosse team got three goals apiece from an unanticipated duo in defender Karissa Taylor and freshman Kristy Black on its way to cap a perfect ACC regular season with a win at Virginia Tech, 16-6, on Saturday afternoon at Thompson Field.

Maryland (16-0, 5-0 ACC) provided little doubt as the Terps jumped out to a 4-0 lead courtesy of goals from Taylor, Karri Ellen Johnson, Caitlyn McFadden and Laura Merrifield. Virginia Tech picked up two quick goals after the Maryland run, but Taylor quickly nixed that rally with another Maryland goal at 13:43. Hokie standout Rachel Culp cut the lead to two before a pair of Black goals extended the score to 7-3.

Virginia Tech got back on the board at 5:47 but Maryland and its second-most prolific offense in the nation pulled away with four goals to end the half with a sturdy nine-goal lead.

Maryland opened the second stanza with two additional goals from Taylor and Brandi Jones. The Hokies added two to their tally before Maryland capped the game with three more scores to secure the win in resounding fashion.

"I was extremely pleased with our performance today," head coach Cathy Reese said. "We played well defensively, made some great saves and finished our shots. I thought it was a great way for us to head into the ACC tournament next weekend."

The Terps, the top seed in the ACC tournament, will take on the winner of No. 4 Virginia and No. 5 Virginia Tech at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 24, in Blacksburg, Va.