Maryland women make amends in title game
TOWSON, Md. -- One year earlier, coach Cathy Reese and the members of the Maryland women's lacrosse team sat in stunned silence after losing by one goal in the NCAA title game.
On Sunday night, the Terrapins got redemption.
Maryland captured its 11th national championship, getting five goals from Beth Glaros in a 15-12 victory over Syracuse.
Kristen Lamon, Taylor Cummings and Brooke Griffin had three goals apiece for the top-seeded Terrapins (23-1), whose previous championship was won on this same field in 2010.
Last season, though, Maryland fell to North Carolina, 13-12, in the final. From that moment on, the Terrapins dedicated themselves to righting that wrong.
"Last year, we sat up here after a heartbreaker," Reese said. "It was tough being on that side of it. Everybody felt the pain of that loss and returned this year to play. That fueled their fire all season long. They didn't want to have that feeling again."
In this one, Maryland let a five-goal lead dwindle to 9-7 early in the second half before using a four-goal burst to pull away.
"We couldn't stop their runs," Syracuse coach Gary Gait said. "They got some big ones and just stretched the lead."
Syracuse (21-3) lost in the title game for the second time in three years and must wait until next season to resume pursuit of its first national championship.
The game drew a crowd of 10,311, a record for the NCAA women's championship game. The combined attendance for the final and semifinals was 18,567, which was also a record.
Alyssa Murray of West Babylon and Katie Webster each had three goals for the Orange, whose three losses this season were all against Maryland.