In a game of runs, top-ranked Maryland had the decisive one and outlasted Boston College 16-13 to earn the program’s […]
In a game of runs, top-ranked Maryland had the decisive one and outlasted Boston College 16-13 to earn the program’s 13th NCAA women’s lacrosse title.
The 23-0 Terrapins (23-0), in winning for the third time in four years, got on the board just 10 seconds after the opening draw when Zoe Stukenberg fed Kali Hartshorn. Maryland opened a 5-2 lead, but the Eagles (17-7) answered with three consecutive goals to send the game to halftime tied.
The Terrapins, however, scored five times in the first 4:26 of the second half to take a 10-5 lead they would not relinquish. BC was able to trim the margin to 11-10 at the 14-minute mark on a goal by Dempsey Arsenault, but Maryland scored five of the next six goals to put it out of reach.
Caroline Steele led the attack for Maryland with six goals and an assist. Taylor Hensh added a hat trick and Hartshorn, Jen Giles and Megan Whittle each scored twice. Stukenberg chipped in three assists. Megan Taylor made nine of her 12 saves in the second half to stave off the determined Eagles, who were making their first appearance in the championship game.
The balanced effort by the Terrapins overcame a tremendous day from BC’s Kenzie Kent, who matched a championship-game record with 10 points on five goals and five assists. Sam Apuzzo also had four goals for the Eagles.