Maryland scored 11 goals in a dominant second half for a 16-13 victory over Boston College and put an exclamation mark on a ideal season at 23-0. Maryland is the favorite heading into the game and is looking to win its first national title since 1975.
The Maryland Terrapins showed their mettle by holding off pesky Denver to advance to the NCAA national championship in lacrosse for the third straight year.
But Maryland (23-0) restored order with its record 13th NCAA title by using the postseason resolve it had built throughout the past month, which included a come-from-behind, one-goal victory in the quarterfinals against Stony Brook last week.
Connor Kelly, who finished with three goals for Maryland, scored the game victor with 8:41 left in the fourth quarter.
Kent kept Boston College close with three straight goals to cut the margin to 11-9, then assisted on Dempsey Arsenault's goal with 14 minutes left to get the Eagles back within a goal.
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"They are very disciplined offensively", Maryland coach John Tillman said on a conference call with reporters. Timchal, who is already a member of the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, has added another layer to her incredible legacy by building Navy into a national power in just 10 years at the varsity level.
But Maryland opened the second half on a 5-0 run - enough to slam the door in most cases, but most teams don't boast Kent.
"MVP!" Zoe Ochoa said, hugging her teammate. Maryland was nearly ideal with them a year ago, but was stunned in the title game 13-7 by North Carolina.
Maryland also has the firepower of Matt Rambo, one of five finalists for the Tewaaraton Award, given annually to the nation's best player. "I think it was awesome". Rambo (40 goals, 43 assists) has notched eight points in each of the last two playoff games and is tied for the all-time lead in school history with 153 career goals. "The fact that we played them not only once but twice I think does help both teams and the kids to kind of be a little more focused on getting your rest, things like that, and you don't have to cram for the exam".
"I'd like to start off and say congratulations to Boston College". The Terrapins will now face Boston College in the national title game at 11 a.m. Sunday; it will be televised on ESPNU. "The fact that we lost and played a miserable game in miserable conditions, we let one slip away. Both teams get the benefit from that", Nadelen said. They just tuned in and did what they needed to do.
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