Maryland Wins Women’s Lacrosse Championship
Congrats goes out to the Maryland for winning their record 10th NCAA women’s lacrosse title after a nine year drought. Maryland defeated Northwestern 13-11 in front of a record breaking crowd of 9,782 to end the Wildcats five year run as national champions.
The game started out all Northwestern as they took a 6-0 lead in the first 15 minutes of the game. Maryland didn’t score it’s first goal until the 18 minute mark with a Sarah Mollison goal. After that goal Maryland would clamp down on defense and take control of the game, holding Northwestern scoreless for almost 28 minutes in the 1st and 2nd half.
During that time Maryland went on a 5-0 run of their own to tie the score at 8-8 by half and then 3 minutes into the 2nd half the Terps took their first lead of the game at 9-8 lead of the game on Caitlyn McFadden’s first goal of the game. Northwestern didn’t end it’s scoring drought until there was 17 minutes left and pulled even at 10 a piece with 12 minutes to go.
From then on though it was all Terrapins, they scored three of the games last four goals to end Northwestern’s run of 23 consecutive tournament wins and the dynasty.
Maryland was led in scoring by junior Sarah Mollison, sophomore Karri Ellen Johnson and freshman Katie Schwarzmann, who all tallied three goals apiece. The Tournament MVP was Maryland’s Caitlyn McFadden who not only had two goals, but she shut down Northwestern’s best player, All-American attacker Katrina Dowd, who she held scoreless.