April 27, 2007
DURHAM, N.C. - The sixth-ranked University of Maryland men's lacrosse team battled back from a four-goal deficit in the fourth quarter, but fell to No. 3 Virginia, 11-10, in the ACC Semifinals at Duke's Koskinen Stadium Friday evening.
After Virginia took a 1-0 lead less than a minute, the Terps went on a 4-0 run over the next 11 minutes to take a 4-1 lead. Senior attackman Michael Phipps started the run off an assist from freshman Bryn Holmes. Sophomores Dan Groot and Jeremy Sieverts, who started his first game at attack, scored the next two for Maryland. Sieverts then set up the fourth goal, which came on a man-up opportunity, with a good skip pass to Durham, N.C., native Chris Feifs, who buried a shot from the left wing into the top right corner of the goal.
Cavalier attackman Ben Rubeor pulled the Wahoos to within a goal at 4-3 before the close of the first quarter with a pair of goals in the final two minutes.
The Terps built the lead to 5-3 less than two minutes into the second quarter on Groot's second goal of the game with a top-shelf shot from the left wing off an assist from Phipps. But that lead vanished as Virginia reeled off three unanswered goals from Steve Giannone, Danny Glading, and Rubeor, who added assists on the other two goals.
The defense stepped-up to stop the bleeding as junior All-America candidate Joe Cinosky caused a turnover on the defensive end and raced down the field before feeding freshman long pole Brian Farrell, who scored his first goal since the Towson game on March 10 to tie the score at 6-6 with 5:54 to play in the second quarter.
Virginia took a one-goal lead into the locker room when Jack Riley scored off an assist by Garrett Billings. The Cavaliers built that lead to 9-6 in the third quarter by scoring the only two goals of the period. Billings scored Virginia's eighth goal when he picked up his own rebound on the right wing and fired another shot that Maryland goalie Harry Alford got a piece of, but the ball just trickled across the goal line for the score. Giannone scored with 2:30 remaining in the quarter for the three-goal advantage.
Ryan Kelly finished a 4-0 Virginia run with an unassisted goal to give the Cavaliers a 10-6 lead. Phipps gave the Terps some life when he snapped a 21-minute Maryland scoreless streak with his second score of the game at 9:38 in the fourth.
The Terps cut the lead to two less than two minutes later when Groot connected on his third score of the game, capitalizing on an extra-man opportunity off an assist by Max Ritz. The Wahoos got the lead back up to three at the 5:13 mark when Brian Carroll scored off of a feed from Glading.
Maryland remained resilient as it bounced back with an 18-yard cannon into the upper right off an assist from Groot to trim the lead to 11-9. Groot then scored his second man-up goal, and career-best fourth overall, of the game to cut the lead to one.
The Terps had a chance to tie the game on extra-man with 1:11 left when Adam Fassnacht was called for a holding, but Virginia goalie Kip Turner came up with a big save on a Groot shot from 10 yards out in the right alley to preserve the tie.
Harry Alford started his first game of the season in goal for the Terps and finished with nine saves.
Maryland returns to action on Saturday, May 5 against Yale on Senior Day at Chevy Chase Bank Field at Byrd Stadium. That game is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start.
With today's 11-10 loss Maryland is 44-33 all-time vs. Virginia. With two assists Max Ritz now has 26 multi-point games in his career.
Ritz's muilt-point streak is now at 15 games.
Michael Phipps pushed his point-scoring streak to 15 games with his three-point effort.
Phipps now has 10 multi-goal and 23 multi-point games in his career.
Dan Groot's five-point effort sets his career high in points and goals (4).