May 23, 2014

Terps Push Past Northwestern for Another Title Shot

by Matt DaSilva | | Twitter | May Madness Home

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Junior midfielder Kelly McPartland scored three goals Friday in Maryland's 9-6 NCAA semifinal victory over Northwestern. (Greg Wall)

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TOWSON, Md. — Maryland has been lulled to sleep by Northwestern before, and the Terps weren't about to let it happen again.

Refusing to allow the Wildcats to settle into stall mode, Maryland sent defenders swarming two at a time, and injected just enough tempo into its NCAA semifinal encounter with a future Big Ten foe to emerge with a 9-6 victory Friday at Towson.

The top-seeded Terps will play second-seeded Syracuse in the NCAA championship game Sunday, a winner-take-all Tewaaraton Award showdown featuring four of the five finalists for college lacrosse's highest individual honor: Syracuse's Alyssa Murray and Kayla Treanor against Maryland's Taylor Cummings and Megan Douty.

But while Murray and Treanor were a two-woman wrecking crew in the Orange's 16-8 win over Virginia, combining for 16 points, Maryland leaned more heavily on its supporting cast Friday.

Redshirt junior attacker Brooke Griffin and junior midfielder Kelly McPartland made Northwestern pay for face-guarding Cummings, giving them the space and freedom around the goal. Griffin had two goals — including one on a spectacular diving sidearm shot in the second half — and two assists. McPartland scored a game-high three goals.

"I've never really been face-guarded like that," said Cummings, who saw constant pressure from Wildcats specialist Kerri Harrington. "Our team was able to kind of weave around it and play a lot of 6-v-6. It actually opened things up for us and made it easier to dodge. So I just stood at the top and watched my team do the work."

Game Highlights (Via Northwestern)

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