As Maryland attacker Sarah Mollison wrapped around the crease, getting ready to rip a shot at the North Carolina goal, sophomore goalie Lauren Maksym wasn’t thinking about her lightning-quick reflexes or ability to block the ball with her body — she was just relying on her memory.
“It’s kind of funny—one of our coaches, Cookie (Kristen Carr), who was on the team last year, warms me up so a lot of times I actually picture her at the angles and just think in my head about what we do everyday,” Maksym said. “It’s just muscle memory.”
Maksym used her memory to anticipate Mollison’s shot, stepping in front of Mollison’s stick to stuff the ball before it could travel more than a few inches.
Maksym’s momentum-killing saves led third-seeded North Carolina all the way to the championship game Sunday, where it lost 12-7 to first-seeded Maryland.
But Maksym, who was named to the ACC’s All-Tournament team, put on a show in all three games for the Tar Heels, posting a total of 24 saves during the weekend.