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Magical season ends for Maryland with loss to Virginia

Posted on 09 June 2014 by WNST Staff

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Maryland baseball team’s magical postseason run came to a close Monday evening as it fell to Virginia, 11-2, in game three of its NCAA Super Regional series at Davenport Field.

The 2014 campaign featured a number of marquee moments for the Terrapin baseball program, including a trip to the ACC Tournament title game for the first time since 1976, a regional title in South Carolina, a first-ever trip to a NCAA Super Regional and a single-season program record 40 victories.

“We’re obviously not really pleased with the outcome, but I really can’t sit here and lament a whole lot about what these guys have accomplished this season and certainly in the last 40 percent of the season,” said head coach John Szefc. “I really haven’t been around a better group of young guys in a long time, probably not since my days at Marist.

“As we continue to build this program, this group will really be one that is looked back on as a cornerstone of that process. I think every Maryland baseball team will look back at this one and try to aim to get where this team ended up and slightly further. This will be a hard group of guys to duplicate. We’re lucky enough to have a lot of guys coming back, but the guys we lose will be very difficult to replace. Although the result isn’t exactly heartwarming, I really have no regrets or negative things to say whatsoever.”

Junior Charlie White and senior Blake Schmit led the Terrapins with two hits each, as Cavalier starter Josh Sborz kept the Terrapin offense at bay striking out nine batters in seven shutout innings.

Maryland (40-23) threatened in the top of the first inning with a pair of walks by White and Brandon Lowe, but Sborz got out of the jam and forced an inning-ending double play to keep the Terps from taking an early lead.

Virginia (49-14) touched up Maryland starter Bobby Ruse early, scoring three runs with two outs in the bottom of the first to grab a 3-0 lead. Derek Fisher knocked in the first run with an RBI single to center, before Kenny Towns crushed a triple to left field that scored a pair of runners from first and second.

The Cavaliers doubled their lead two innings later, sparked by a pair of singles from Daniel Pinero and Joe McCarthy. After Fisher walked to load the bases, Towns continued his torrid hitting night with a two-RBI single to left field. Branden Downes laced an RBI single up the middle to cap the inning giving UVA a 6-0 advantage.

LaMonte Wade and Jose Cuas managed to jumpstart the Terrapin offense with a pair of singles in the eighth, and Schmit followed by ripping a double down the left field line to bring Maryland within four runs at 6-2.

Virginia closer Nick Howard entered for Austin Young and shut the door ending any thought of a Maryland comeback. In the bottom of the inning, the Cavs scored five insurance runs to increase their lead to 11-2 and secure the victory.

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Virginia tops Maryland, forcing decisive Game 3 Monday

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Virginia tops Maryland, forcing decisive Game 3 Monday

Posted on 08 June 2014 by WNST Staff

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia broke a 1-1 tie and scored six runs over the final four innings to defeat the Maryland baseball team, 7-3, and force a decisive game three in NCAA Super Regional play Sunday afternoon.

Monday’s game is tentatively scheduled for 4 p.m. on ESPN2, with the winner advancing to the College World Series.

After Maryland (40-22) tied the game at one with a RBI single from Brandon Lowe in the bottom of the fifth, Virginia (48-14) answered with a run in the sixth and scored three in the seventh to take control of the contest.

The biggest opportunity for the Terps came in the bottom of the fourth trailing by one. Lowe and Jose Cuas led off the inning with back-to-back singles and moved up on a one-out walk by Tim Lewis. With the bases loaded, Kyle Convissar hit a line drive directly at second baseman Branden Cogswell who made the catch and stepped on the bag to double up Cuas and end the Terrapin threat.

Lowe led the Terps offensively with three hits and tallied one RBI on the afternoon, while Cuas, Anthony Papio andKevin Martir each added two hits. Freshman starter Mike Shawaryn allowed five earned runs in six innings on the mound with two strikeouts.

After a pair of scoreless frames to open the game, the Cavaliers struck first with a run in the third on a trio of singles. Mike Papi’s single to right field did the damage, scoring Robbie Coman from second on the play.

Maryland threatened to answer in both the third and fourth innings, and finally squared the game, 1-1, in the bottom of the fifth as Kevin Martir set the table with a single to center field. Lowe then delivered with his third hit of the game, knocking a blooper to right center to score Martir.

The Cavaliers wasted little time reclaiming their lead, however, as Kenny Towns led off the sixth with a double down the left field line and advanced to third on a fielding error. John La Prise followed with a first-pitch chopper to shortstop to plate Towns and give Virginia a 2-1 advantage.

The Cavs then opened the game an inning later, 5-1, with a three-run seventh on four hits. The Cavs loaded the bases and Derek Fisher knocked in the first run with a sacrifice fly to left field. Townes and Kenny Downes then followed with RBI singles to center.

Run-scoring hits from Joe McCarthy and Branden Cogswell in the final two innings gave the Cavs a pair of insurance runs to hold off the surging Terps, who scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth before reliever Artie Lewicki notched the final out.

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Maryland, Virginia being super regional Saturday with CWS berth at stake

Posted on 06 June 2014 by WNST Staff

2014 NCAA Super Regionals – Charlottesville Super Regional

Sat., June 7-Mon., June 9

Location: Charlottesville, Va.
Stadium: Davenport Field
Television: ESPN2
Radio: SiriusXM 91
Internet: ESPN3
Live Stats: umterps.com
Twitter: @UMTerpsbaseball

Charlottesville Super Regional Schedule

Saturday, June 7
Game 1: Noon (ESPN2)

Sunday, June 8
Game 2: Noon (ESPN2)

Monday, June 9
Game 3: 4 p.m. ET (ESPN2)*

*If necessary; time and network subject to change

MARYLAND MEETS VIRGINIA IN FIRST EVER SUPER REGIONAL APPEARANCE

After sweeping the Columbia Regional, Maryland travels to Charlottesville to take on national seed (#3) Virginia at Davenport Field. The best-of-three series gets underway at noon Saturday with game two scheduled for noon Sunday. If necessary, game three will be played Monday at 4 p.m. All three games are being carried live on ESPN2.

TERRAPIN TAILS

-With three wins in the Columbia Regional, Maryland improved to 4-6 all-time in the NCAA Tournament. Its 3-0 mark in Columbia captured Maryland’s first regional title in school history.

-Maryland’s 4-3 win over South Carolina Saturday ended a 28-game home postseason winning streak and handed the Gamecocks their first ever postseason loss at Carolina Stadium. USC entered the weekend 16-0 at Carolina Stadium in postseason action.

-The Terps had five players named to the Columbia All-Regional Team led by centerfielder Charlie White, who was named the regional’s most outstanding player. White was joined by Jose Cuas (third base), Kevin Martir (catcher),Mike Shawaryn (pitcher) and LaMonte Wade (first base).

-Charlie White hit .545 (6-for-11) in the regional with a double, four runs scored and two RBI including a single to center to score the Terps’ first run in their ninth-inning comeback against Old Dominion.

-Right hander Mike Shawaryn earned his ACC-leading 11th victory of the season Saturday against the Gamecocks. Shawaryn’s win total is tied for 12th nationally and is a Maryland single-season record. Shawaryn, along with second base Brandon Lowe, earned Collegiate Baseball newspaper Freshman All-American honors Wednesday.

-Terrapin ace Jake Stinnett struck out seven Old Dominion batters Friday to increase his season total to 130. Stinnett passed Steve Schmoll (124 Ks, 2003) for first on Maryland’s single-season strikeout list. Stinnett leads the ACC in strikeouts and ranks third nationally.

-Catcher Kevin Martir was a large part of Maryland’s surge in May. The catcher led the team in hitting (.400), slugging (.620) and on-base percentage (.492). He had 10 RBI in 15 games to along with two doubles and three home runs. Martir is currently riding a career-long 13-game hitting streak.

-Closer Kevin Mooney earned his 12th save of the season in Saturday’s win over USC. Mooney is one save shy of Brett Cecil’s single-season record of 13 (2006). He is two saves shy of Cecil’s career record of 23.

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Schedule set for Maryland/Virginia NCAA super regional

Posted on 03 June 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The NCAA officially announced dates and times for this weekend’s Super Regional round on Tuesday. The best-of-three series between Maryland and Virginia will be held June 7-9 at Davenport Field in Charlottesville.

The series’ first pitch is scheduled for noon Saturday with game two set for Sunday at noon. If necessary, the third game is tentatively scheduled for 4 p.m. Monday. All three games will be televised on ESPN2.

Maryland (39-21) is making its first-ever appearance in the Super Regionals following a three-game sweep of the Columbia Regional. The Terps earned a walk-off win over Old Dominion in the opener between defeating top-seeded South Carolina on consecutive nights.

The winner of the super regional will advance to the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb.

2014 NCAA Charlottesville Super Regional Schedule
Saturday (June 7)
Game 1 
- Noon (ESPN2)

Sunday (June 8)
Game 2 
- Noon (ESPN2)

Monday (June 9) – if necessary
Game 3
 - 4 p.m. (ESPN2)*
*Time and network subject to change

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Maryland crushes South Carolina to claim first ever NCAA regional title

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Maryland crushes South Carolina to claim first ever NCAA regional title

Posted on 02 June 2014 by WNST Staff

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Top-seeded South Carolina saw its season come to an end with a 10-1 loss to second-seeded Maryland on Sunday night in the NCAA Columbia Regional at Carolina Stadium.

With the win, the Terrapins (39-21) claimed the Columbia Regional title and advanced to the program’s first Super Regional. The Gamecocks finish the season with a 44-18 record. It’s the first time since 2009 South Carolina hasn’t advanced to a Super Regional and the first time since 1976 it has lost a regional at home.

South Carolina managed nine hits on the night, including two apiece from first baseman Kyle Martin and center fielder Tanner English.

Maryland tallied 13 hits, with center fielder Charlie White going 3-for-4 to lead the way. Jose Cuas, Blake Schmit and Anthony Papio added two hits each.

Terrapin reliever Tayler Stiles (5-2) earned the win after working two scoreless innings, giving up three hits and striking out one. Reliever Bobby Ruse picked up his first save of the season by working the final 3 1/3 innings and giving up just a hit with three strikeouts.

Gamecocks starting pitcher Joel Seddon (3-2) took the loss as he surrendered five runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings on the mound, the longest outing of his career. He matched his career-high in strikeouts with six.

The Gamecocks found success at the plate in the bottom of the first. Marcus Mooney led off with a single up the middle. Three batters later, Martin ripped a two-out double to left center, and Mooney beat the throw home to give South Carolina a 1-0 lead.

However, Maryland took the lead for good with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth. White singled to lead off the inning, and LaMonte Wade drew a walk before both runners advanced to second and third with no outs on a wild pitch by Seddon. Shortstop Blake Schmit delivered a two-out single to left field, driving home both White and Wade to give the Terrapins a 2-1 advantage.

The Terrapins added a run in the fifth, as Papio singled and later scored when Wade reached on a fielder’s choice, giving Maryland a 3-1 lead.

Maryland went on to add seven more runs over the final four innings to earn its trip to the Super Regional.

ALL-REGIONAL TEAM
C – Kevin Martir, Maryland
1B – LaMonte Wade, Jr., Maryland & Kyle Martin, South Carolina
2B - DC Arendas, South Carolina
3B – Jose Cuas, Maryland
SS – Tyler Urps, Old Dominion
OF – Charlie White, Maryland
OF – Matt Nadolski, Campbell
OF - Tanner English, South Carolina
DH/U - Max Schrock, South Carolina

P - Wil Crowe, South Carolina
P – Mike Shawaryn, Maryland

Columbia Regional MOP: Charlie White, Maryland

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Terps continue remarkable NCAA Tournament run with win over South Carolina

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Terps continue remarkable NCAA Tournament run with win over South Carolina

Posted on 31 May 2014 by WNST Staff

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Charlie White had two hits and scored twice as Maryland ended South Carolina’s 28-game NCAA tournament home winning streak and took control of the Columbia regional with a 4-3 victory Saturday night.

The Gamecocks (43-17) hadn’t lost an NCAA game at home since 2002 and the Terps (38-21) didn’t appear to be likely candidates to stop them in their first NCAA appearance since 1971. But Maryland led 4-0 in the second inning and held on to remain perfect in NCAA play. The Terps need only to win Sunday night to reach the super regionals.

The Gamecocks must defeat Campbell (41-20) on Sunday, then top Maryland twice to move on.

LaMonte Wade had two hits and an RBI for the Terrapins. Brandon Lowe drove in a run and saw two more score on his grounder in the three-run second on third baseman Joey Pankake’s throwing error.

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Terps rally to stun Old Dominion in NCAA Baseball Tournament opener

Posted on 31 May 2014 by WNST Staff

COLUMBIA, S.C.  In its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 43 years, Maryland waited until its final at-bat to win its first tournament game since 1970. The Terps completed a come-from-behind victory with three runs in the ninth to walk-off against Old Dominion by the score of 4-3 in the opening game of the Columbia Regional Friday afternoon at Carolina Stadium.

Trailing by two runs in the ninth, Maryland (37-21) cut the deficit to one on a run-scoring single by Charlie White and proceeded to load the bases on a LaMonte Wade walk. Old Dominion’s Brad Gero hit Brandon Lowe and Jose Cuason consecutive pitches to force in the tying and winning runs.

With the win, Maryland advances to the winner’s bracket of the Columbia Regional and will face either South Carolina or Campbell Saturday at 7 p.m. It is the Terps’ first NCAA Tournament victory since knocking off Mississippi State, 3-2, on May 28, 1970.

“I got to give our guys a lot of credit,” said head coach John Szefc. “It wasn’t a real pretty game for us particularly in the first two-thirds of it. [Jake] Stinnett made a very efficient start. He kept things close and gave us a chance to win late, which is all you can ask for in the NCAA Tournament.

“We had some opportunities late that we didn’t take advantage of and made it a little harder for us late. At the end of the day, when you count up the runs, it’s either a win or a loss and our guys did what they had to do late.”

The Terps trailed by three entering the bottom of the eighth. Monarchs’ starter Andy Roberts and reliever Ryan Yarbrough combined to shutout Maryland through seven innings stranding seven runners including leaving the bases loaded in the fifth.

In the eighth, Wade, Lowe and Cuas led off the inning with three consecutive singles to load the bases and put the Terps in position to cut into the deficit. Blake Schmit grounded into a double play, but the ground ball did score Wade and trimmed the Old Dominion (36-25) lead to 3-1.

Kyle Convissar started Maryland’s come back in the ninth. The senior shot the gap in left center for his fifth double of the season to lead off the inning. After a ground out, Kevin Martir reached on a fielding error to put runners at the corners.

Behind 0-2, White flared a single to center to scoring Convissar and bringing Maryland within one. Wade then drew a walk to load the bases before the Terps snatched the victory on back-to-back hit by pitches.

“There is never a sense of doubt in the dugout for us,” said Cuas. “We’ve been playing about as well as any team in the country in the month of May. We never doubt each other whether we are up or we are down. Our pitching staff settled down and we got big hits when we needed them.”

Maryland received a solid start from senior Jake Stinnett. The Vista, Calif., native scattered six hits over eight innings giving up three runs while striking out seven moving him past Steve Schmoll as the Terps’ single-season record holder. Stinnett has 130 strikeouts this season.

Tayler Stiles earned the win with a strong ninth inning. Stiles struck out two of the three batters he faced to improve his record to 4-2.

Old Dominion got on the board first in Columbia. With one out in the top of the third, Mike Perez tripled to the gap in left center. Tyler Urps got Perez home with a shot towards second that hopped over Lowe’s glove to give the Monarchs the early advantage.

The Monarchs added to their lead in the fifth tallying a run on three hits. Ben Slaton led off the inning with a single and moved to third on a well-executed hit-and-run by Perez. With runners at the corners, Urps hit a dribbler just in front of home plate leaving Martir with only one play. Martir dove in an attempt to tag the runner, but Slaton slipped past to score Old Dominion’s second run.

ODU continued to scratch out runs adding to its lead in the sixth. P.J. Higgins led off the inning with a single and stole second to put himself in scoring position. A long out to center allowed Higgins to move up and then score on a sacrifice fly by Josh Eldridge.

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Maryland opens NCAA Baseball Tournament Friday against Old Dominion

Posted on 29 May 2014 by WNST Staff

COLUMBIA, S.C. -

2014 NCAA Regionals – Columbia Regional

Fri., May 30-Monday, June 2

Location: Columbia, S.C.
Stadium: Carolina Park
Internet: ESPN3
Live Stats: GameTracker
Twitter: @UMTerpsbaseball

Columbia Regional Schedule

Friday, May 30
Game 1: 1 p.m. ET – #2 Maryland vs. #3 Old Dominion (ESPN3)
Game 2: 7 p.m. ET – #1 South Carolina vs. #4 Campbell (ESPN3)

Saturday, May 31
Game 3: 1 p.m. ET – Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 (ESPN3)
Game 4: 7 p.m. ET – Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 (ESPN3)

Sunday, June 1
Game 5: 1 p.m. ET – Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4 (ESPN3)
Game 6: 7 p.m. ET – Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5 (ESPN3)

Monday, June 2
Game 7: 7 p.m. ET – If Necessary (TBA)

SECOND-SEEDED MARYLAND OPENS NCAA REGIONAL PLAY WITH OLD DOMINION

Maryland (36-21) earned its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 43 years Monday when it was selected as the second seed in the Columbia Regional. The Terps open their NCAA campaign against third-seeded Old Dominion (36-24) at 1 p.m. Friday at Carolina Park.

It is Maryland’s fourth all-time NCAA Tournament appearance. The Terps are 1-6 all-time in the tournament with their lone win coming against Mississippi State in 1970.

TERRAPIN TAILS

-Maryland enters the weekend after winning two games at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship and advancing to the title game, its first appearance in the conference championship game since 1976.

-Maryland is 11-2 in the month of May and wrapped up the regular season with two consecutive series sweeps of Notre Dame (5/2-4) and Pittsburgh (5/9-11).

-The Terps’ 36 victories this season are a school record and their 15 conference wins ties a school record set in 1970.

-Maryland had three players named to the ACC All-Tournament Team. Catcher Kevin Martir hit .462 (6-for-13) in four games with two home runs, three runs scored and four RBI with a .923 slugging percentage. First baseman LaMonte Wade hit two home runs including the game winner in Maryland’s 7-6 win over third-ranked Virginia. Shortstop Blake Schmit hit .333 (4-for-12) with five runs scored.

-Pitcher Jake Stinnett, centerfielder Charlie White and second baseman Brandon Lowe each earned All-ACC honors. Stinnett was a second team selection and leads the ACC in strikeouts (123), innings pitched (104.0) and complete games (4). White is a two-time all-conference selection and ranks third in the ACC in stolen bases (24). Lowe ranks second in the ACC in hitting (.346) and second in on-base percentage (.469).

-Stinnett is one strikeout shy of tying the Maryland single-season record. Steve Schmoll set the record in 2003 with 124 strikeouts.

-Freshman starter Mike Shawaryn leads the ACC in wins (10) and holds the Maryland single-season record. Shawaryn picked up his 10th win of the season in the Terps’ 5-3 win over fourth-ranked Florida State Friday. Shawaryn shutout the Seminoles over seven innings and this season has given up one earned run in 14-1/3 innings against Florida State with 11 strikeouts.

-Terrapin closer Kevin Mooney picked up two saves at the ACC Tournament and now has 11 on the season and 20 for his career. Mooney is two saves shy of tying the single-season school record and three saves shy of tying the career mark. Brett Cecil holds both Maryland records.

-Left fielder Tim Lewis is riding a 14-game hitting streak, the longest of any player this season and the longest in school history since Will Frazier hit in 14 straight games in 2005.

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Maryland two seed in first NCAA Baseball Tournament in 43 years

Posted on 26 May 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md.  Following a 43-year absence, the Maryland baseball team is headed back to the NCAA Tournament. The Terps are the No. 2 seed in the Columbia Regional and will face third-seeded Old Dominion Friday at1 p.m. on ESPN3 at South Carolina’s Carolina Stadium.

The 2013 NCAA Tournament pairings were announced Monday afternoon. South Carolina is the top seed in the regional bracket and will face fourth-seeded Campbell at 7 p.m. The winner of the four-team double-elimination regional faces the winner of the Charlottesville Regional in Super Regional play, June 6-9.

“I am just happy for the players, [Maryland] supporters, people that have wanted this for a long time,” said head coach John Szefc. “Personally, I have been through this before and this never gets old for a coach. I am happy for our guys that they get to experience what we’ve been, as a coaching staff, talking about for a long time, that this can happen as long as you do things the right way.”

Columbia Regional Schedule

Friday, May 30
Game 1: 1 p.m. ET – #2 Maryland vs. #3 Old Dominion (ESPN3)
Game 2: 7 p.m. ET – #1 South Carolina vs. #4 Campbell (ESPN3)

Saturday, May 31
Game 3: 1 p.m. ET – Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 (ESPNU/ESPN3)
Game 4: 7 p.m. ET – Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 (ESPNU/ESPN3)

Sunday, June 1
Game 5: 1 p.m. ET – Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4 (ESPNU/ESPN3)
Game 6: 7 p.m. ET – Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5 (ESPNU/ESPN3)

Monday, June 2
Game 7: 7 p.m. ET – If Necessary (TBA)

Maryland will be making its fourth all-time NCAA Tournament appearance and its first since 1971. The Terps enter tournament play as one of the hottest teams in the country with a record of 11-2 in the month of May that helped them reach the ACC Tournament final for the first time since 1976.

“We won 11 straight after a pretty bad stretch going 1-6,” said Szefc. “To our guy’s credit, they went out against Notre Dame and got it going and they have never backed off since.”

Maryland is 9-9 all-time against Old Dominion and has never faced the Monarchs in postseason play. Maryland and ODU have not played each other since 2010. The Terps have won five of the last six matchups against the Monarchs including both meetings in 2010. Maryland has never faced South Carolina in the postseason, but holds a 24-15 advantage all-time. The two teams have not played since a single regular-season matchup in 1980.

About Old Dominion

Old Dominion finished the season 36-24 with a 17-13 mark in Conference USA, which was good for fifth place in the league. The Monarchs are led by two all-conference players in Nick Walker and Josiah Burney. Walker leads the Monarchs in hitting at .329 with four homers, 24 RBI and a team-best 42 runs scored. He ranks fifth in C-USA in slugging at .482, third in on base percentage at .420. Burney is hitting .303 with a team best six homers and 41 RBI. Burney ranks third in C-USA in slugging at .526, fourth in on base percentage at .414, fifth in RBI and homers.

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Maryland women top Syracuse to claim 12th national championship

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Maryland women top Syracuse to claim 12th national championship

Posted on 26 May 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. – Top-seeded Maryland captured its 12th national title Sunday with a 15-12 victory against No. 2 seed Syracuse in front of a record crowd of 10,311 at the 2014 NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship at Johnny Unitas Stadium.

Maryland (23-1) was led in scoring by lone senior starter Beth Glaros, who notched five goals. Taylor Cummings, Brooke Griffin and Kristen Lamon added hat tricks. The Terrapins boasted a 16-13 advantage in the draw circle, including eight from Cummings, en route to their first national championship since 2010.

Maryland’s offense erupted from the onset, posting a commanding 5-0 run in the first 4:20 of the game. After Lamon began the drive with a score 43 seconds in the contest, Glaros and Cummings each found the back of the net for a 3-0 Terrapin lead. Lamon extended the cushion to four after an incredible feed from Kelly McPartland before the All-American midfielder gave Maryland its fifth consecutive goal at 25:40.

After Maryland was able to snag the first six draw controls of the game, Syracuse was finally able to gain its first possession and Kayla Treanor provided the Orange with a goal at 24:20. Amy Cross made it two-straight for Syracuse with a tally 1:20 later.

Treanor shrunk Maryland’s lead to two with a top-shelf score at 12:06 and Alyssa Murray made it four-in-a-row for the Orange with a goal at 9:42 for a 5-4 match.

Cummings snapped a 16-minute scoring drought with an absolute rocket at 9:34 to push Maryland’s lead back to two and Glaros extended it to three with a free position goal following a Syracuse yellow card, one of six issued to the Orange Sunday. Cummings – a Tewaaraton finalist – made it a hat trick with a tally through traffic with about five minutes remaining in the first half and gave Maryland a 9-6 lead at the break.

Syracuse struck first in the second stanza but the Terrapins quickly countered after an unselfish look from Cummings to Griffin for a 10-7 score with 27 minutes remaining before a second consecutive tally by Griffin extended the Maryland advantage to four.

Griffin continued to make her presence known in the final period, completing a second-half hat trick with a spectacular move around the crease for a five-goal Terrapin lead at 21:26. Lamon became the fourth Terrapin to record a hat trick with a free position goal for a 13-7 game with 19:38 remaining.

Syracuse halted the 4-0 run with a Kailah Kempney effort at 17:53 to end a nine-minute scoring lull before Glaros picked up two straight goals to push Maryland’s lead to seven.

The Orange mustered one final run with four consecutive goals for a 15-12 score but the Terps’ defense buckled down in the final four minutes of play to take home the title.

“What an amazing night this is for our Maryland lacrosse program,” head coach Cathy Reese said. “Our girls came out and fought hard from the opening whistle until the end. Lacrosse is a game of runs and there were a lot of them tonight. We really stuck together and played the full sixty minutes and we are really excited to come away with the national championship.”

Maryland’s 23 wins in 2014 ties a program-record, originally set in 2001 when the Terps went 23-0 on their way to a seventh-consecutive national championship.

Cummings was named NCAA Championship Most Valuable Player and joined Beth Glaros, Kelly McPartland and Megan Douty on the All-Tournament Team. The Terps will return 11 of 12 starters next season.

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