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Maryland’s title has home-grown hue

2015 Division I Women’s Lacrosse

When Cathy Reese became the women’s lacrosse head coach at the University of Maryland, College Park, in 2007, she quickly implemented her plan: mining the stronghold of talent in the Terrapins’ home state.

Reese, herself a Maryland native and former Terps player, began building a roster infused with local talent. Of the 34 players on this year’s roster, 20 hailed from the state. Those athletes knew what to do, pushing Maryland to its second consecutive Division I championship and 12th overall May 24 at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania.

“We have such great talent in the state of Maryland that it’s nice to be able to keep them in the state, keep them close to home, where they can have all their friends and fans come and watch them,” Reese told The Baltimore Sun. “It just seems natural to me.”

A pair of home-state players played major roles in the final game as Maryland rallied for a 9-8 victory over the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, after falling behind 6-3 at halftime. Junior Taylor Cummings finished with three goals and two assists, and freshman Megan Whittle recorded three goals and one assist. Maryland, ranked No. 1 throughout the season, finished with a 21-1 record while also winning the Big Ten Conference’s inaugural regular-season championship.

“I’m honored to even be sitting here with these guys,” Whittle said at the postgame news conference. “Playing every day against the best defenders and with the best attackers … I figured out my place, and my teammates trusted me. It’s a really special thing to be a part of, and I couldn’t be happier.”

The Results
2015 Division I Women’s Lacrosse

CHAMPIONSHIP
Maryland 9, North Carolina 8

SEMIFINALS
North Carolina 16, Duke 7
Maryland 10, Syracuse 8

ELITE 89 HONOREE
Zoe Stukenberg, Maryland

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