March 31, 2007
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Three unanswered goals during a 5-2 third quarter propelled the second-ranked Virginia Cavaliers to a 12-8 win over the No. 8 University of Maryland men's lacrosse team at Klöckner Stadium Saturday afternoon.
The Terps drew first blood just two minutes into the game on freshman defensive midfielder Bryn Holmes' first career goal off an assist from Michael Phipps. But the play started on the other end of the field when senior All-American Ray Megill caused a turnover sending the ball the other way. Senior All-America candidate Ryan Clarke cleared the ball for Maryland and passed to Phipps behind the Cavalier goal. Holmes was streaking down the right alley when Phipps sent a skip pass to him and he buried the shot from 10 yards out.
Virginia came right back to claim the lead with goals from Ben Rubeor and Brian Carroll at the 11:37 and 11:10 marks, respectively.
Junior All-American candidate Max Ritz tied the game at two goals apiece with his 14th score of the season two minutes later. Freshman midfielder Adam Sear took a long shot from the right wing, but it went left of the goal. Ritz was there for to pick up the groundball and dove across the front of the crease from the back left side to beat Cavalier goalie Kip Turner.
The Terps claimed a 3-2 lead a minute later when junior midfielder Drew Evans beat Virginia's Will Barrow with multiple roll dodges behind the Cavalier net and slipped a low shot past Turner.
But that lead was short-lived as Rubeor scored less than a minute later to tie the game at 3-3 and then scored his third of the game with 2:26 remaining to give Virginia a 4-3 lead heading into the second quarter.
The Terps tied the game early in the second period on a Dan Groot goal at 11:49. The sophomore midfielder knotted the game at four goals apiece by burying a runner from the right alley.
The `Hoos went back ahead five minutes later as Rubeor converted on an extra-man opportunity off of an assist from Garrett Billings. The lead was pushed to a pair of goals on a Dan Glading unassisted score at 5:12 and the 6-4 lead would hold through the first half of play.
Virginia came out in the second half and scored three unanswered goals to push its advantage to 9-4.
Groot stopped the run for the Tersp with his second goal of the game at the 7:41 mark, lacing a shot past Turner from the right wing off a crisp skip pass from senior midfielder Chris Feifs.
Following another Glading goal that made the score 10-5, Maryland scored two minutes later on Ritz's second score of the game. Phipps picked up the assist on the play, but the scoring opportunity was really created by sophomore attackman Danny Gallagher, who fought two Cavalier defenders to pick up a groundball off of a Cavalier turnover.
Billings got the goal right back for Virginia with a transition goal after a big save by Turner, who finished the game with 11 saves.
Virginia continued its 6-2 scoring run in the fourth quarter on a goal by Ryan Kelly at the 8:35 mark, giving the Cavaliers a 12-6 lead.
Maryland capped off the scoring with a pair of late goals to make the final score 12-8. Michael Phipps scored his second of the game and Ritz added his third to finish the scoring.
Holmes also had an outstanding game defensively, picking up four groundballs, and at the face-off stripe, winning 7-of-9 attempts. Megill and grad student Paul Andrews were also defensive standouts. Megill finished with four groundballs and a caused turnover, while Andrews had three groundballs and a pair of caused turnovers.
Maryland finishes up its two-game road trip at No. 3 Navy on Friday, April 7, at Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. That game is slated for a 7 p.m. start and will be televised by CSTV.
With today's 12-8 loss Maryland is 44-32 all-time vs. Virginia.
With three goals Max Ritz now has five hat tricks, 14 multi-goal and 22 multi-point games in his career.
The two-point game is also Ritz's 11th-straight game with multiple points.
Michael Phipps pushed his point-scoring streak to 11 games with his three-point effort.
Adam Sear's six-game point scoring streak was snapped.