UNC Dethrones Powerhouse Maryland for NCAA Title

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Taylor Cummings who?

The Tar Heels tore apart undefeated two-time defending champion Maryland‘s legendary defense on Sunday during the NCAA championship game, cheered on by thousands of fans at Talen Energy Stadium.

UNC Midfielder Sammy Jo Tracy had no problem matching up against two-time Tewaaraton Award winner Taylor Cummings of the Terps.  Cummings managed to grab only four draw controls versus Tracy’s six draws and went 1-for-6 shooting on goalie Megan Ward, who held it down for the Tar Heels with a career-high 14 saves.

Attacker Aly Messinger of the Heels was crucial in the 13-7 victory, racking up two goals and four assists, earning her the personal title of championship’s most outstanding player.

Maryland choked as UNC’s fast-paced offense picked apart the renowned defense and allowed several open cutters to score.

“Early on, defensively, we were a step behind…They were hitting backdoor cutters and I think we were a little too happy on our doubles and just let people inside. They found those people and capitalized.”

-Cathy Reese, Head Coach of Maryland Women’s Lacrosse

“Carolina played us really tough.  They found open seams. They made their chances count and we didn’t.”

-Taylor Cummings, Maryland senior

The beatdown came as a shock to many.  How did North Carolina manage to overthrow the formidable two-time defending champ?

“We’re all we got – and that’s all we need to win a national championship.”

-Molly Hendrick, UNC junior

Who do you think was the greatest contributor to UNC’s victory?  Click the image below to vote in the poll.

 

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