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.