University of Maryland Takes Out Marist and Princeton to Reach ECAC Championship Game
LEWISBURG, Pa. -- The University of Maryland opened the 2011 Women's Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championship at Bucknell University with two strong victories taking down Marist College, 11-8, and No. 20-nationally ranked Princeton University, 11-10, to reach the ECAC title game.
The Terrapins will face Iona College at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 27 as both Maryland and the Gaels will be making their first-ever appearances in the ECAC title tilt.
In the opening round and semifinals, Maryland senior Ally Beck continued her streak from the previous tournament and matched a career high with four goals in Saturday's victory over Marist. Junior Shelby Reyes also contributed a season high performance with nine saves during the match.
"We did a nice job defensively, especially against their front court offense," Maryland head coach Carl Salyer said.
Christine Goetsch and Simone Lewis scored two goals each for the Terps (4-4), while Rosie Pauli, Agnes Konopka and Kelly Kline had a combined six goals Marist (4-6).
Maryland's second game of the day proved to be a back-and-forth match against Princeton (4-2). The Terps kept their momentum from the third quarter leading to the final play of the game.
Sophomore Elina Goldenberg scored with five seconds left in the regulation, putting the Terps on top 11-10. After Princeton took a timeout, Maryland's defense held strong, giving the team their second win of the ECAC Championship.
Beck scored three goals for the Terps, along with two goals by Goldenberg.
"We are still having some let downs in the games but we're coming back strong," said Salyer. "We are taking a step in the right direction to close the weekend."
Release courtesy Maryland Athletic Communications