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2014 NCAA Lacrosse Championship: Glaros finishes a champ

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Maryland’s women’s lacrosse team won its fourth NCAA title May 25 besting Atlantic Coast Conference rival Syracuse 15-12 at Towson. Maryland’s lone senior starter, Beth Glaros, went out with a bang. She scored five goals and had an assist for the Terps. Kristen Lamon also had a hat trick [3 goals]. Brooke Griffin scored a natural hat trick in the first 10 minutes of the second half to put the Terps up 12-7.

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Tournament Most Valuable Player Taylor Cummings, also from Ellicott City, dominated the draws in the opening half and totaled three goals to end her sophomore season with 63. Kristen Lamon also had three goals. Cummings joined Glaros, Kelly McPartland and Megan Douty on the all-tournament team.

“Three final fours already and this is our fourth, we didn’t want to come up short in this one, especially since this is our seniors’ last year,” Glaros said, of Ellicott City, Md. “Our offense was really working all together all night.”

Maryland beat Syracuse on the back of several women from a bedroom community midway between Washington, D.C., and Baltimore. The Terp’s Howard County connection includes seven members of this year’s roster. In addition to Glaros is Cummins (1a), goalkeeper Abbey Clip (3 stops), Alex McKay, Molly Flemmng, Zoe Stukenberg (1a) and Salandra Taylor. Coach Cathy Reese also lives in Howard.

Syracuse rallied in the closing minutes with Kate Webster (3g) scoring a pair of goals to cut the Terps lead to 15-10 with 5:41 left. Amy Cross scored 36 seconds later and it was 15-11. Alyssa Murray (3g) made it 15-12, finding the bottom corner at 4:21. But a pair of turnovers sealed the Orange’s fate as Maryland ran out the final two minutes playing keep away.

One key was how Maryland stopped Syracuse’s offensive stars Kayla Treanor and Murray, the top one-two scoring punch in the nation Terp defenders allowed just five goals and two assists between them Sunday.

This is the last game the ACC will have Maryland to knock it around. The Terps move to the Big 10 next season. The women take the last six ACC title trophies with them. Maryland beat Syracuse three times this season.