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Virginia loses heartbreaker in ACC title game

After Cavaliers take 2-0 lead in first half, Terrapins force championship game to overtime, win by one

The No. 3 Virginia women's field hockey fell 3-2 in overtime against No. 1 Maryland in the championship game of the ACC Tournament yesterday afternoon. Not only did the loss deprive the Cavaliers of the title, but of tying the program's record for most wins in a season as well.

Maryland (20-0, 5-0 ACC) walked away from Turf Field with its second consecutive ACC Championship and eighth overall in school history.

"It was a great effort by both teams. I don't think you could ask for anything more in a championship game," Virginia coach Michele Madison said. "Maryland just squeaked it out at the end in overtime."

Less than two minutes into overtime, the Terrapins earned a corner and freshman midfielder Meghan Frazer snaked the ball into the cage past junior goalkeeper Kim Katsuk for the win.

But it was not clear from the start that this would be how the game would end, as the Cavaliers staked an early lead. The home squad (18-3, 3-2 ACC) excelled at cutting into the circle during the first half, tallying four corners in the opening period. Fourteen minutes into the game, freshman back Charlotte van den Broek converted her second career goal as she tipped the ball in from the left post off an assist from sophomore midfielder Inga St