Terps Lock Up Top Seed In ACC Tourney With 20-3 Win Over Virginia Tech
Terrapin senior attacker #5 Katie Princiotto sneaks a goal past 2 Hokie defenders and scores 1 of her 3 goals during Marylands 20-3 win over Virginia Tech at the Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex in College Park MD on April 19, 2008. Christopher Blunck/DC Sports Box
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The 2008 Terrapin Women's Lacrosse Team honored 10 seniors this afternoon, and sent them off in excellent fashion with a 20-3 win over ACC challenger Virginia Tech.  This year's senior class boasts tremendous scoring potential and tallied up 19 of 32 points during today's matchup.
 
With their win over the Hokies Maryland finishes off the season with a remarkable 14-1 record (4-1 in conference) and ends their schedule on a 12 game winning streak.  Maryland's sole loss this season came at the hands of Duke in Durham when a last second goal sent the Terps back to College Park with a 14-13 loss.  Because of their strong finish the Terps earn a bye for the first round of the ACC Championship and will begin competition on Friday night against the winner of North Carolina and Boston College.

Senior jitters and an emotional send off that proceeded the game may have accounted for the Terrapins slow start this afternoon.  Virginia Tech looked to take advantage of the emotional Terrapin seniors by doubling up on Kasper and Cohen in the early going.  Despite their efforts Kasper was able to score on the opening possession after the Terps won the draw control.  Her first shot at 29:36 found the back of the net and gave Maryland a 1-0 advantage.

From there the Hokies stepped up the pressure at midfield and in their defensive zone.  Virginia Tech also made sharp passes and challenged the Terrapin backfield.  With 20:13 remaining in the first half the effort paid off and Jacquelyn Duggins knotched the 1-1 tie for the Hokies.

Amanda Spinnenweber quickly responded with a Terrapin goal 43 seconds later to retake the lead.  Cohen set up Spinnenweber with a perfect look 5 feet out from the goal and Spinnenweber's low shot was unblockable.

Rachel Culp rallied the Hokies with a driving attack up the left hand side.  She took the ball all the way up unassisted and shot from well within the crease.  The Terps struggled to get in front of her and goalkeeper Allie Buote didn't have much of a chance at a block.

Tied at 2 a piece the Terps took over.  Seniors Katie Princiotto, Dana Dobbie, and Lauren Cohen combined for 4 Terrapin goals over the following 10 minutes and gave the Terps a 6-2 advantage.  Dobbie's wrister from in close went low and beat Kari Morrison, Cohen rolled left around the crease line for a tight shot, and a motioning Kasper fed Cohen for a second goal.

Underclassmen Caitlyn McFadden and Amanda Spinnenweber tacked on two additional goals, while veterans Kate Faas and Dana Dobbie scored to close out the half.  Heading into the locker room Maryland was up an impressive 11-2 and had pelted the Hokie goalkeeper with 24 shots.  After settling into their rhythm the Terps held Virginia Tech to 4 shots in the period and limited them to 2 draw controls.  In comparison Maryland's Dana Dobbie made it look effortless at midfield, walking away with 12.

Maryland ran away with it in the second half.  After coming out aggressive and picking up a quick score by Caitlyn McFadden the Terps relaxed briefly and allowed Kady McBrearty to score.  Once the McBrearty goal was tallied the Terps went to work and scored 7 goals over the following 12:02, including an unusual free position play by Kelly Kasper that eluded all of the defenders.

On the Terrapin's 14th goal Kasper took the free position and flicked it immediately to Katie Princiotto.  Princiotto received the ball and punched it into the back of the net in one rotating motion.  Kasper's yield to another attacker completely fooled the Hokie defense who, up to this point, had gone out of their way to double and triple up on the Eldersburg native.

Terrapin senior Chelsea Kapp had an opportunity to play in the late-going for the Terps and scored her first goal of the season in the closing 2 minutes of play.  A smart pass by fellow senior Casey Magor set the Glenelg native up for a shot and Kapp made her best of it.  After her goal Dobbie lifted Kapp into the air and the entire Terrapin attack and midfield squad joined in the celebration.

This Maryland senior class has been through a lot on their 4 year journey.  From scraping back into the NCAA tournament in 2005 to rising to a 14-1 record in 2008 the 10 Terrapin seniors have come together as an effective and cohesive unit that features some of the best players in collegiate athletics.  Since Cathy Reese was offered the head coach position and assistant coach and Jen Adams joined the program in August of 2006 Maryland has accumulated a record of 30-5 and have consistently climbed into the top-5 rankings.

The Terps now await ultimate test of conference supremacy by practicing for their showdown in Charlottesville for the 2008 ACC Championship prize.  All eyes look ahead to this upcoming weekend for tournament action.