Hats off to Kelly Amonte Hiller for leading her Wildcats to their 5th consecutive NCAA Championship. But the dream match up never occurred. What happened? This was not the Terrapin team I saw throughout the year. North Carolina was not really in Maryland’s league. That being said, the Lady Terps just seemed flat. Sometimes an undefeated team is taken out of it game by trailing late, but the Terps battled from behind often through the year displaying a swagger that you had to respect. But when the score is tied at 7 with 8 minutes left, it’s anybody’s game.Karri Ellen Johnson held the troops together with 4 goals and Sarah Mollison was her tough feisty self scoring twice including the tieing goal at 7.
7500 saw the Friday doubleheader (a NCAA record) but the aftermath left an empty anticipation of the title game. There is no way Northwestern would have blitzed the Terps but we will never know. The good news is that Maryland’s entire starting lineup returns next year. Knowing these kids, they have only one mission.
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