May 22, 2005
Princeton, N.J. - The No. 3 seed University of Maryland men's lacrosse team is going back to the NCAA Final Four after senior midfielder Andrew Schwartzman scored the game-winning goal to defeat Georgetown, 9-8, in overtime at Princeton Stadium Sunday afternoon.
The Terps looked to have iced the game with 1:33 left in the fourth quarter, when Bill McGlone scored to give Maryland a 9-7 lead, but the goal was disallowed when McGlone's stick was challenged and ruled to have an illegal pocket.
With the score changed back to 8-7 and an unreleasable three-minute man advantage, Georgetown seized the opportunity less than 30 seconds later when Pete Cannon scored his second goal of the game to knot the game at 8-8 and send the game into overtime.
Georgetown, which dominated on face-offs, winning 16-of-21 draws, looked to have all of the momentum, but junior face-off specialist David Tamberrino gave the Terps a lift by winning the opening draw of the extra session. The teams traded possession and Georgetown forced another turnover to get the ball back, but Maryland junior midfielder Brendan Healy caused a turnover on a Hoya clear attempt and drew a 30 second pushing penalty to give the Terps control of the ball, setting up Schwartzman's overtime heroics.
The game started at a much easier pace. Both teams play disciplined lacrosse, but it was Georgetown that drew first blood when Scott Kahoe scored an unassisted goal at 11:26 for a 1-0 lead. Maryland tied the score just three minutes later when All-AmericanJoe Walters fired a low-angle shot past Hoya goalie Rich D'Andrea.
Freshman attackman Max Ritz gave the Terps their first lead of the game at 3:51 of the first when he banged home a shot in the crease off an assist from Schwartzman, who dodged past his defender to find Ritz.
Sophomore goalie Harry Alford kept the Hoyas off the board for the remainder of the first period and finished with five saves in the quarter.
The intensity picked up in the second quarter, but Schwartzman picked up where he left off in the first, dodging past his defender and feeding a wide-open Xander Ritz, who scored his 15th goal of the season for a 3-1 Terp lead. Georgetown capitalized on a failed Maryland clear to pull to within a goal when Brendan Cannon found Trevor Casey at the top of the attack zone and Casey ripped a shot into the top left of the Terp net.
Walters gave Maryland a two-goal cushion early in the third quarter lacing a shot from the left side past D'Andrea for a 4-2 Terrapin lead. The two teams held each other in check until the 4:22 mark when Matt McBride trimmed the lead to one when he raced around the right side and scored on a shot to the top left corner.
Junior midfielder Brendan Healy made the Hoyas pay for a careless offsides turnover at 2:12 when he scored his first goal of the game off a high shot into the top left corner. Cannon answered back for Georgetown with just 25 seconds left in the quarter when he curled around the crease and scored on an underhanded scoop shot.
The fourth quarter began with Walters scoring back-to-back goals, for a personal NCAA single game-best four goals, off of Hoya turnovers for a 7-4 Terrapin lead. Georgetown refused to go away quietly and scored twice in 20 seconds to cut the lead to 7-6.
Max Ritz scored his second goal of the game to give the Terps another two-goal lead, but Pete Cannon came back for the Hoyas with a high-hard shot that found the back of the Maryland net, setting up the dramatic final minutes of the quarter.
Defensively for the Terps, Harry Alford, who saved 25 shots when Georgetown and Maryland met on February 26, finished the game with 12 saves and a team-best seven groundballs. Sophomore defender Ray Megill tied his career-high with four groundballs.
The Terps move on to the national semifinals in Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday vs. No. 2 seed Duke. The two teams will face-off in the 11:30 a.m. game.
With today's 9-8 win Maryland is 5-0 all-time vs. Georgetown.
The win moves Maryland's all-time record in NCAA play to 37-25
In the quarterfinals Maryland is now 18-8 in the quarterfinals.
With four goals Joe Walters extended his point scoring streak to 32 games.
For Walters it was his 24th career hat trick.
Xander Ritz sets a new career-long point scoring streak, scoring a point in his 16th-consecutive game with a goal and an assist.