Nov. 14, 2004
CARY. N.C. - Fourth-seeded Virginia scored a pair of second half goals and held off a late Terrapin rally as the Cavaliers captured the ACC title, 2-1, Sunday afternoon at SAS Stadium. Jason Garey scored for the Terps on an assist from Chris Lancos. Lancos tied an ACC Tournament record with four assists during the tournament.
"We're very disappointed to not get a result in this game," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "Having said that, I thought it was a great game. At the end of the day, Virginia made one more play than us. I am very proud of our team. We came to play and we competed hard to the very last second."
"It's always a close game and we have a lot of respect for them," Garey said of Virginia, a team Maryland has faced in the finals each of the last three years. "It's always a battle and we just came up on the short end today."
Both teams played to an even first half as the Terrapins and Cavaliers entered halftime with the score deadlocked at 0-0. Virginia out shot Maryland 4-3, while holding the advantage in corner kicks at 1-0.
The Cavaliers broke through with the game's first goal as Adam Cristman blasted a rebound off a corner kick in the 48th minute. Virginia's Nico Colaluca sent the corner kick into the box which was quickly redirected by the Maryland defense. But it was Cristman who gathered the loose ball and deposited it in the back of the net for a Virginia 1-0 lead.
Prior to the corner kick, Noah Palmer had apparently stopped the ball before going over the end line, but it was ruled that he was over the line when he touched it, giving UVa the corner opportunity.
Virginia extended its lead to 2-0 at the 57:00 mark in the second half. The Cavaliers' Will Hall found Jeremy Barlow streaking down the middle of the field for his sixth goal of the season. Barlow squeaked the kick passed a diving Palmer from 18 yards out for the score and a two goal Cavalier advantage.
Maryland cut the lead to 2-1 in the 64th minute off a goal from Garey for his fourth of the tournament. Garey scored on a header from four yards out off a cross from Lancos. The assist from Lancos was his fourth of the tournament which tied an ACC Tournament record for assists in a championship.
Late in the game, Virginia was able to turn down several scoring opportunities by Maryland to hold on for the 2-1 victory.
Garey, Lancos and Palmer were named to the all-tournament for their performances in the tournament.
Maryland (15-5-1) will learn its NCAA fate on Monday when the bracket is announced at 4:30 p.m. on ESPNews.
ACC All-Tournament Team
Jeremy Barlow, Virginia (MVP)
Ryan Burke, Virginia
Adam Cristman, Virginia
Nico Colaluca, Virginia
Mike Littlefield, Virginia
Noah Palmer, Maryland
Chris Lancos, Maryland
Jason Garey, Maryland
Andrew Rhea, North Carolina
Jamie Watson, North Carolina
Scott Sealy, Wake Forest
Michael Parkhurst, Wake Forest
Blake Camp, Duke