In their biggest game of the year, the Maryland Terrapins women’s lacrosse team kept doing what they’ve done all year: win. In their final game, Maryland topped Syracuse in front of 10,311 fans to bring home the program’s 11th championship and fourth since 2000. It was an all-around effort by the team, who held off a late rally by the Orange in order to win a tough game.
Senior midfielder Beth Glaros led the way in her final game as a Terp with five goals, which was second most ever in a title game. Sophomore sensation Taylor Cummings, Brooke Griffin and Kristen Lamon all had hat tricks in order to build the lead for Maryland. Glaros added two goals midway through the second half to build a convincing 15-8 lead for Maryland. Glaros’ five goals proved to be much more important because Syracuse wasn’t going down without a fight. The Organse scored four goals in less than three minutes to cut the lead to 15-12, but three costly turnovers cemented the Terp victory.
Maryland took advantage at the X as the Ters won 12 of the 16 draws in the first half and used it to build a 9-6 lead, including a Taylor Cummings’ goal off a faceoff to stop the short-lived Syracuse run. Syracuse made an adjustment at halftime, switching from Kailah Kempney to Kirkland Locey in the center circle to win nine of the 13 faceoffs in the second half. In the end, it was Syracuse’s turnovers and inability to stop Maryland’s attack that put the Lady Terps on top.
The Lady Terps showed on Sunday that they are undoubtedly the best team in the country. Finishing 23-1 on the year, Maryland recorded the biggest win of them all to win a school-record 11th championship. Sophomore midfielder Taylor Cummings was sensational, but Glaros did the most damage with her five goals. As Maryland ran out the clock to end the game, the Maryland faithful cheered loud and proud–and rightfully so. The celebrations were only the beginning.