April 25, 2010

Courtesy of The ACC

GREENSBORO, N.C.--Second-seeded Maryland won its second straight Atlantic Coast Conference women's lacrosse championship by defeating top-seeded North Carolina, 10-5, today at Ludwig Field in College Park, Md. Maryland senior midfielder Caitlyn McFadden, who scored three goals and had two assists, was selected the most valuable player of the championship for the second consecutive year.

"I'm just really, really pleased," said head coach Cathy Reese, who is the third coach since ACC history to win back-to-back titles. "We played hard from the opening whistle. We executed extremely well on offense and played great defense."

McFadden, who was unanimously selected MVP and is the third player in conference history to earn consecutive championship MVP honors, had four goals and three assists in two games.

"It's great [to win MVP of the championship twice], but I'm most excited about how our team came out and played for each other," said McFadden.

The win improves the Terps, who defeated Virginia, 10-6, on Friday to advance to the championship game, to 16-1 (4-1 ACC), and avenges a 13-9 loss at the hands of the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill, N.C. on April 10. North Carolina falls to 14-2 (4-1 ACC).

Maryland got off to a quick start, racing out to a 3-1 lead by the 19:02 mark of the first half, by winning the possession game. The Terps picked up seven ground balls, compared to two for North Carolina, and cleared the ball on six of their seven tries, leading to 17 shots.

McFadden lead the way for much of the opening frame, scoring Maryland's first two goals and assisting on two others.

Senior midfielder Megan Bosica scored North Carolina's first goal, an unassisted tally with 20:25 remaining in the first half, that cut the Terp lead to 2-1.

Undaunted, senior midfielder Amanda Spinnenweber, who assisted McFadden's first goal, scored a goal of her own to extend Maryland's lead to 3-1. McFadden was credited with the assist.

Sophomore attacker Kristy Black scored two of Maryland's next three goals to put the Terps ahead, 6-1, by halftime.

The Tar Heels cut their deficit in half less than four minutes into the second stanza, making the score 6-3 in favor of Maryland, with goals coming from senior attacker Kristen Taylor and junior attacker Corey Donohoe.

Maryland answered with two goals of its own, as junior midfielder Laura Merrifield and junior attacker Sarah Mollison, who had two assists in the first half, found the back of the net for an 8-3 advantage. The teams traded goals the rest of the way, including one more tally each from McFadden and Merrifield.

Donohoe scored again with just 5:51 left to play and freshman midfielder Emily Garrity scored North Carolina's fifth goal at the 1:43 mark. Both were free position shots.

McFadden led all scorers with three goals and tied Mollison and sophomore attacker Karri Ellen Johnson for a game-high two assists. Donohoe's two scores led the Tar Heels.

Dipper stopped a career-high 12 shots for Maryland, while sophomore goalie Logan Ripley made 11 saves for the Tar Heels.

Seven Terrapins were named to the ACC All-Tournament team, headlined by McFadden, Dipper, Johnson, Merrifield, Mollison, junior defender Brittany Poist, senior defender Karissa Taylor. Donohoe was joined on the All-Tournament team by three Tar Heels, including senior midfielder Megan Bosica, sophomore attacker Becky Lynch, and senior goalie Logan Ripley. Duke junior midfielder Sarah Bullard and Virginia senior midfielder Brittany Kalkstein, who netted eight goals in two games, were also named to the All-Tournament team.

Today's championship game will be televised on delay by NESN at 5 p.m. this evening, and by SunSports on Monday at 7 p.m.

All ACC women's lacrosse championship information can be found at http://www.theacc.com/championships/10-womens-lacrosse-championship.html.

2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Lacrosse All-Tournament Team
Name Yr. Pos. School
Sarah Bullard Jr. M Duke
Bittany Dipper So. G Maryland
Karri Ellen Johnson So. A Maryland
Caitlyn McFadden * Sr. M Maryland
Laura Merrifield Jr. M Maryland
Sarah Mollison Jr. A Maryland
Brittany Poist Jr. D Maryland
Karissa Taylor Sr. D Maryland
Megan Bosica Sr. M North Carolina
Corey Donohoe Jr. A North Carolina
Becky Lynch So. A North Carolina
Logan Ripley Sr. G North Carolina
Brittany Kalkstein Sr. M Virginia

* denotes most valuable player

#2 Maryland vs. #1 North Carolina
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Ludwig Field; College Park, Md.
Postgame Quotes

Maryland head coach Cathy Reese

Opening Statement:
"I'm just really, really pleased. We played hard from the opening whistle. We executed extremely well on offense and played great defense. [Sophomore goalie Brittany] Dipper made some great saves to help us start our transition to give us the early lead.

"We were really, really prepared. We wanted to demonstrate what we were capable of in terms of playing a complete game."

Senior attacker Caitlyn McFadden

On being [unanimously] selected most valuable player:
"It's great, but I'm most excited about how our team came out and played for each other. We finally put it all together. We will just continue to grow as we head into the NCAA tournament."

Sophomore goalie Brittany Dipper

On making a career-high 12 saves:
"It means so much and it feels great. I credit our coaches for getting me ready and focused."

North Carolina head coach Jenny Levy

Opening Statement:
"I want to congratulate Maryland. They came out from the opening whistle and attacked us. I was disappointed that we played so poorly in the first half because it put us in a hole that we simply couldn't overcome against a great team like Maryland."