Terps Trip Cavs, Claim ACC Title

Oct. 31, 2003

Box Score

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Defense was the name of the game in the ACC regular season finale between Maryland and Virginia Friday night, as the Terps' strong backline play made Jason Garey's (Gonzalez, La.) first-half goal stand up for a 1-0 victory in front of 2,245 vocal Ludwig Field fans.

With the win, Maryland clinched its first ACC regular season championship since 1971 and secured the top seed in the conference tournament for the first time since its inception in 1987. Maryland has now won 23 games in a row at Ludwig Field, dating to the 2001 season.

The goal, Garey's seventh of the season, came in the 20th minute, when A.J. Herrera (Albuquerque, N.M.) sent a through ball into the box, which Garey flicked past Cavs' keeper Ryan Burke, who finished with eight saves, including several that prevented Maryland from increasing their lead.

The Terps (15-1, 5-1 ACC) dominated offensive possession throughout most of the game, outshooting the Wahoos 20-8. Sumed Ibrahim (Tamale, Ghana) led the Terps with six shots and Garey finished with five. Virgina (8-8, 3-3) was led on offense by Will Hall, who finished with three shots, who also registered the Cavs' only shot on goal.

Maryland keeper Noah Palmer (Williamsburg, Va.) only had to make one save on the night, due to the solid defensive effort led by Ian Rodway (Columbia, Md.) and Scott Buete (Bowie, Md.).

The Terps return to action Tuesday night when Bucknell visits Ludwig Field for a 7 p.m. kickoff.