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Women's Lacrosse Beats Boston College to Claim National Title

Win Gives Terps Their 15th Championship, and Fifth Under Head Coach Cathy Reese

By Maryland Athletics Staff

Maryland women's lacrosse wins national championship

Photo by Maryland Athletics

The Maryland women's lacrosse team hoists the trophy after defeating Boston College, 12–10, at Johns Hopkins to win the national championship.

BALTIMORE (AP) — Brindi Griffin and Grace Griffin each scored three goals as Maryland won its 15th national championship, its 14th NCAA title, in women's lacrosse with a 12–10 victory over Boston College on Sunday at Johns Hopkins University.

"It's a great day to be a Terp," said Head Coach Cathy Reese. "I couldn't be more proud of this team that I have this season, couldn't have enjoyed coaching anymore than I did. It's been such an adventure."

Caroline Steele added two goals for the Terrapins, who were appearing in the title game for the sixth time in seven years.

Megan Taylor, only the second goalie ever to be a finalist for Teewaraton Award for the most outstanding player in college lacrosse, finished with 10 saves for Maryland (22–1).

Kenzie Kent had five goals and assist for Boston College (22–2).

Sam Apuzzo added three goals and an assist for the Eagles, who were playing in their third straight NCAA national championship game. The Eagles also lost to Maryland 16–13 in 2017 and fell to James Madison 16-15 last season.

Grace Griffin's third goal gave Maryland a 10–5 lead with just over 20 minutes left in the game. The Eagles later pulled within 11–8 on a goal by Apuzzo with 12:30 remaining.

However, Jen Giles scored twice to give the Terps insurance. Kent scored her fifth goal with 3:30 remaining, cutting the margin to 12–10, but that was as close as Boston College would get.

Reese, who was selected as the Big Ten Coach of the Year for the fourth time in five years, picked up her 301st win.

Maryland improved to 14–1 all-time against Boston College. The Eagles' only victory came last year in the national semifinals, ending the Terps' streak of five consecutive appearances in the title game.

A pair of consecutive goals by Brindi Griffin gave Maryland an 8–3 lead with 3:12 left in the first half.

The Maryland defense was dominant and caused four turnovers in the opening 30 minutes.

The announced attendance was 9,433, the fourth-highest attendance for an NCAA championship game.



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