Published: Mon, May 29, 2017
Local | By Adrian Hale

Maryland beats Boston College, wins women's lacrosse title

Maryland beats Boston College, wins women's lacrosse title

Navy players and coaches are still trying to figure out the final foul called in Friday night's exciting Division I semifinal matchup with Boston College.

A fantastic season for the DU men's lacrosse team fell just short of a national championship.

A second-straight trip to the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Final Four left Penn State with a familiar feeling - disappointment.

They've had their chances, too.

A year after falling to North Carolina in the final, Maryland captured its 13th women's lacrosse championship.

The Mids became the first service academy to ever compete in the Final Four.

Both Maryland and Towson relinquished multi-goal, second-half leads in the semifinals in Foxborough, Mass., on May 27. The Lions last beat the No. 1 team in the country in 2005. The Pioneers generated virtually no transition on faceoffs as Maryland used multiple options to counter Baptiste and also relied on double-poling the draws.

"Slaying Maryland is like slaying a dragon", said Eagles coach Acacia Walker, whose team was the first unseeded finalist since 2002. "We've got to be on our toes and be focused. It seems like this is probably going to be one of them".

The women (21-0) needed a come-from-behind victory against Stony Brook to play Penn State.

Caroline Wannen scored for Maryland with 12:04 left to start the Terps on another scoring surge.

Each Maryland team has an extraordinary amount of talent. Top scorers Kenzie Kent and Kaileen Hart will return for their senior seasons (although Kent will not join the team until women's hockey season ends), and the Eagles have a strong goaltending prospect in rising junior Lauren Daly.

Balance has been the Terps' mantra after the graduation of three-time Tewaaraton Award victor Taylor Cummings and defender Alice Mercer, also among the best Maryland players in history.

These Terps won behind three All-Americans in senior defender Nadine Hadnagy, goalie Megan Taylor and Stukenberg.

Each program has earned repeated success because of the culture in place.

"Caroline played great. She was on fire when no one else was", said midfielder Zoe Sukenberg, who had three assists. Penn State and Maryland are squaring off in the early game at 5 p.m. Ohio State took advantage by controlling possession.

If Maryland is going to win in the future, Tillman wants to make sure his players don't put themselves in that situation again. "I think that, more than contempt, is what it brings out".

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