May 24, 2013

Maryland Outlasts Syracuse to Advance to Final

by Mark Macyk |

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VILLANOVA, Pa. — An abundance of TV timeouts made the second half seem longer than 30 minutes in the NCAA Division I semifinals on Friday night at Villanova. It also left little chance for Maryland to forget it had squandered a three-goal halftime lead.

"We had a lot of timeouts, obviously, with the TV timeouts," said defending Tewaaraton Award winner Katie Schwarzmann. "Every time we brought it in we said ‘We’ve gotta to look at like it’s 0-0.’ Come back out with that mentality and hustle all over the field. I think we came up with some big plays." 

Katie Schwarzmann had one goal and three assists in Maryland's 11-10 win over Syracuse on Friday night at Villanova Stadium.
© Greg Carroccio

Maryland and Syracuse went exactly 14 minutes of game time — and many more minutes of real time — without a goal in the second half until Brooke Griffin scored the game-winner with 2:51 remaining to lift Maryland to an 11-10 victory. The Terrapins advance to their record 17th NCAA championship game, where they will seek a record 11th NCAA title against ACC rival North Carolina. It is Maryland’s first appearance in the title game since 2010.

"We’re really excited to have the opportunity to compete for a national championship on Sunday," said Maryland coach Cathy Reese. "That’s the position we’ve been wanting to put ourselves in all year."

Maryland had led 7-4 at halftime and then 9-6 early in the second half, but Syracuse scored three goals in 3:18 to tie it at nine, then went up 10-9 when Katie Webster scored with 18:31 remaining. Kelly McPartland tied it with 16:51 to go and then both teams fought a battle of attrition until Griffin’s winner.

"We were just moving the ball really fast to try catch the defense off guard," said Griffin of the final goal.

McPartland led Maryland with three goals and one assist, Schwarzmann had one goal and three assists, including one on Griffin's game-winner, and Alex Aust had two goals and two assists for the Terps (22-0). 

"Our top weapons are usually Katie and Alex," McPartland said. "That’s who teams pick out and try and go against and match up with. But if we move the ball, we have so many offensive players that anyone can do it. I just happened to be the one in the open spots tonight."

Kayla Treanor led all players with four goals and two assists for Syracuse (18-4), which has reached three of the past four semifinals, but has yet to win an NCAA championship.

"We made some mistakes when we had a chance to make plays," said SU coach Gary Gait. "It’s tough. The pressure is on the kids in a tight game. It’s funny how quickly time goes by when you score three or four in a row in a few minutes — then it becomes very difficult to score. Both teams saw that today in the second half."

Maryland was able to slow it down and wait for its shot before Griffin’s game-winner and controlled the ball for the closing minutes of the game.

"We’re just running around with our heads cut off hoping they’ll throw the ball out of bounds or make a mistake," said Syracuse defender Becca Block.

After the game, Gait once once again reiterated his stance that it’s time for the NCAA to institute a shot clock. 

"I think the women’s game is incredibly fun to watch for the 50-55 minutes you play lacrosse and then keep-away for the rest," Gait said. "I definitely think it’s time for our NCAA rules committee to hopefully step up and pull the trigger and do something about it."

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