Nov. 9, 2000
Winston-Salem, N.C. - The No. 6 seed Maryland men's soccer team (10-9) lost a heartbreaker to No. 3 seed Duke (14-4) in double overtime Thursday night in the first round of the ACC Tournament. Donald McIntosh scored the golden goal in the 112th minute to end the Terps' hopes for a run in the tournament.
After a scoreless first period, Duke opened the scoring in the second half off a Demetrio Sanchez goal at 48:00. Sanchez was able to fit one past Terrapin keeper Christian Lewis (Ellicott City, Md.) into the far corner of the net from seven yards out.
The Terps tied it up with less than 15 minutes remaining when freshman Bryan Vitagliano (Scottsdale, Ariz.) advanced the ball to senior striker Jason Sardis (New Hyde Park, N.Y.). Sardis crossed it to freshman sensation Abe Thompson (Fairfax Station, Va.), who converted the shot from point blank range to tie the game at one.
Duke's Justin Bodiya nearly put the game away for the Blue Devils with two minutes remaining in regulation when he fired a shot from 15 yards out. Lewis was there for the leaping save to tip the ball over the goal and essentially send the game into overtime.
In the overtime, Duke dominated the shots for the first frame, but the 15 minutes expired without the coveted golden goal for either team. In the second overtime, Maryland held the advantage on shots, coming close to a score on a goal from Thompson that was ruled offsides. Duke then scored just minutes later off a flurry in front of the Maryland goal. Donald McIntosh scored the game winner for the Blue Devils in the 112th minute to end the Terps' ACC title hopes.
"This was one of the greatest college games that I have ever been a part of," said Maryland head coach Sasho Cirovski during his postgame comments. "We played our hearts out, and did the things we needed to do to beat Duke... This game typified our season of heartbreak. We had a lot of setbacks, but I have never been more proud of any individuals I have coached. I'm so proud of these guys. They have made me a better coach."
"Look at any of our players and now that they left everything out on the field," commented senior goalie Christian Lewis, who played an exceptional game and finished with seven saves. "Unfortunately, this game did typify our season and ended in a loss."
Duke advances to meet No. 2 seed Virginia tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. The Cavaliers beat the No. 7 seed NC State Wolfpack on an own goal for a 1-0 win in the first game of the ACC Tournament Thursday. No. 4 seed Clemson and No. 5 seed and tournament host Wake Forest have the night-cap tonight, with that game beginning at 8 p.m.
1 2 OT 2OT F NO. 6 SEED MARYLAND 0 1 0 0 1 NO. 3 SEED DUKE 0 1 0 1 2
SHOTS: Maryland 4+6+0+2=12, Duke 4+7+4+6=24
CORNER KICKS: Maryland 0+2+0+0=2, Duke 5+6+4+1=16
FOULS: Maryland 5+5+2+2=14, Duke 12+15+4+1=32
OFFSIDES: Maryland 2+2+0+3=7, Duke 2+2+1+0=5
SAVES: Maryland- Christian Lewis (111:57 mins., 7 saves, 2 goals against) Duke- Jeff Haywood (111:57 mins., 7 saves, 1 goal against)
CARDS: Maryland- Philip Salyer (Yellow- 70:03). Duke- Justin Bodiya (Yellow- 51:15).