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The Maryland Terrapins rode goals from freshmen Dakota Edwards and Schillo Tshuma to a 2-1 victory in the ACC Final on Sunday in front of a crowd of almost 10,000 fans in Germantown, Md.
The North Carolina Tar Heels fell behind early when Edwards finished off a Dan Metzgar corner kick in the 11th minute. The Tar Heels never could equalize and the Terrapins added a goal in the 62nd minute off a beautiful strike to put the match out of reach. North Carolina pulled one back in the 86th minute courtesy of a Robbie Lovejoy finish, but that’s as close as the Tar Heels got.
The Big East Final had a fair amount more drama, with Notre Dame pulling off a last-minute comeback against Georgetown to force overtime before Fighting Irish striker Ryan Finley delivered his second goal of the day in the final minute of overtime to give Notre Dame a 3-2 victory and Big East Championship.
Nick Besler headed a Dillon Powers corner kick toward Finley, who finished it off in the final minute of double overtime to clinch Notre Dame’s first Big East championship since 2003, and third overall.
Georgetown’s Andy Reimer scored both goals for the Hoyas, delivering a score near the end of each half, including an 82nd minute strike that looked to be the game-winning goal before Nick Besler delivered a 90th minute equalizer to keep the Fighting Irish alive.
There were also some upsets on championship Sunday, with Winthrop scoring two late goals to shock Coastal Carolina in the Big South Final, and Air Force beating New Mexico in penalty kicks in the MPSF champioship final.
Maryland, Notre Dame, Winthrop and Air Force are just some of the teams to secure automatic berths in the NCAA Tournament. The field for the NCAA Tournament will be revealed on Monday at 5:30pm.
Here is a rundown of the weekend’s top conference tournament finals:
ACC TOURNAMENT FINAL
Maryland 2, North Carolina. (RECAP)
BIG EAST TOURNAMENT FINAL
Notre Dame 3, Georgetown 2 (OT). (RECAP)
ATLANTIC 10 TOURNAMENT FINAL
Saint Louis 3, VCU 0. (RECAP)
BIG SOUTH TOURNAMENT FINAL
Winthrop 3, Coastal Carolina 2. (RECAP)
BIG TEN TOURNAMENT FINAL
Michigan State 2, Michigan 1. (OT) (RECAP)
MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT FINAL
Akron 2, Northern Illinois 0. (RECAP)
MOUNTAIN PACIFIC TOURNAMENT FINAL
Air Force 1, New Mexico 1 (Air Force won in penalty kicks). (RECAP)