Story By: Erin Zollars
Photos By: Sol Tucker
After covering quite a few of the Maryland Womens Lacrosse games this season, it was clear that Cathy Reese had one mission, win another title.. Today she fell just short of that goal in a shoot out of a game that saw the fourth period be the difference in the game.
The Terps committed a series of turnovers while trying to protect a three-goal lead with 7:13 left in the fourth quarter, and reigning national champion Boston College scored the final four goals to escape with a 17-16 win in an NCAA Tournament semifinal before an announced 7,694 at Johns Hopkins’ Homewood Field in Baltimore.
“BC has had one of the best teams this season and we knew that coming into the game, we just couldn’t finish today as we have in the past being up by 3 or 4 goals in a game,” said Terps Head Coach Cathy Reese.
Boston College graduate student attacker Charlotte North scored two of her game-high six goals to fuel a comeback for the No. 3 seed Eagles (19-3) that tied the score at 16 with 3:06 remaining. Then redshirt junior midfielder Cassidy Weeks cemented the victory by dunking a pass from senior attacker Caitlynn Mossman with 18.8 seconds left.
The Terps committed 17 turnovers to the Eagles’ nine, including five each in the third and fourth quarters. A pair of graduate students in Cordingley and midfielder Grace Griffin (Liberty) committed a game-high three turnovers each, but Leubecker declined to assign any blame.
“We would like a couple of those back, but that’s on everyone,” she said. “That’s not on one person.”
The Terps can look back on this season and know that their youth fueled team will be back next season and more than likely back on this same field again next year.