April 27, 2008
Ashley McCulloch and Caitlyn Swagart scored two goals each, as the Cavalier women's lacrosse team came from behind to top Maryland, 10-9, in overtime, in the ACC Championship game. With the win, the Cavaliers capture their third consecutive conference title.
The story was very similar to Friday's semifinal match up against Duke. The Terrapins jumped out to a 7-3 lead by halftime, and stretched it to 8-3 early in the second half. But Virginia responded with six unanswered goals to take the 9-8 lead. Maryland's Caitlin McFadden tied the game up with 1:58 to play, sending the contest to overtime.
The extra sessions consisted of two three minute periods. McCulloch scored her second goal of the game with eight seconds remaining in the first overtime period, giving the Wahoos a 10-9 lead. They were able to kill the clock for the entire second overtime, clinching the victory. The Terrapins did not have possession at all during the two overtime periods
Maryland had been the only ACC team to beat the Cavaliers during the regular season, and entered the tournament as the top seed. With the win, Virginia earns its third straight conference title. Goalie Kendall McBrearty was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.
The Cavaliers will now wait and see where they fall in the NCAA Tournaments. Brackets will be announced next weekend.