UM heads to women's lax Final 4

UM heads to women's lax Final 4
May 18, 2013, 3:30 pm
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Maryland Terrapins Senior midfielder Katie Schwarzmann (7).

The Maryland women are headed back to the Final Four once more.

Alex Aust got five goals and two assists to help top-ranked and undefeated Maryland beat Duke, 14-9, Saturday  in College Park and earn a fifth straight trip to the Final Four. 

Maryland improved to 21-0 with the win and will play Florida or Syracuse Friday in the national semifinal at Viillanova. In addition, this is the 21st time Maryland has made it to the Final Four.

Aust has been the main cog in a very potent Maryland offense for much of this season. The seven points she posted in this game pushed her up to 119 for the season. 

"It was a fun game, a hard-fought game and I don't think you'd expect anything less when you get a Maryland-Duke rivalry," head coach Cathy Reese said on the team's web site. "For us, we are thrilled to be in the position we are in. We're excited and looking forward to being one of the final four teams standing and heading to the final four next week."

The Terps again got a lot of help from different places. Brooke Griffin pitched in with three goals and one assist while Katie Schwarzmann added two goals of her own. 

Maryland scored the game's first two goals and never trailed. The Terps had an 8-4 halftime lead and remained in control throughout the second half. Maryland stretched the lead to 14-5 at one point, and even though the Blue Devils scored the game's final four goals, it was far from enough.

Goalie Kasey Howard finished with seven saves for Maryland, five of which came in the second half as Duke tried to pressure the Terps.