April 23, 2000
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - No. 1 seed Virginia topped No. 3 seed Maryland, 11-7, to claim its second straight ACC Tournament Championship at Byrd Stadium on a cloudy afternoon. The title was Virginia's 14th overall and third since the conference moved to a tournament championship format in 1989. Virginia's Conor Gill was named the tournament MVP as he scored one goal, Virginia's eighth -- the eventual game-winner -- and assisted on four goals for a game-high five points.
Virginia held off a furious Maryland comeback in the second half as the Terps rallied from an 8-2 deficit early in the second half to cut the score to 8-7, 55 seconds into the fourth quarter on Matt Urlock's (Lutherville, Md.) second goal of the game. Virginia scored the game's final three goals from A.J. Shannon, Jay Jalbert, and Peter Ragosa to come away with the championship, 11-7.
Virginia jumped out to a 4-2 first-quarter lead. The Cavaliers opened the scoring as Jay Jalbert scored an extra-man goal 2:12 into the game. Maryland's Nate Watkins (Horseheads, N.Y.) tied the game at 1-1 on his first goal of the season with 11:53 left in the first. Virginia scored the next two goals as Drew McKnight and David Bruce scored 36 seconds apart to take a 3-1 lead.
The Terps cut the lead to one as Andrew "Buggs" Combs (Baltimore, Md.) notched his 12th goal of the season from an Alex Poole (Hunt Valley, Md.) pass. The Cavaliers went on to score the last four goals of the half including two from Shure. Virginia led 7-2 at the intermission, the same score Virginia led the Terps by in the regular-season meeting on March 31, 2000.
ACC All Tournament Team: Virginia-Ian Shure, Conor Gill, Jay Jalbert, Mark Koontz, Maryland- Andrew "Buggs" Combs, Pat McGinnis, Matt Urlock, Brian Zeller, Duke- Stephen Card, Nick Hartofolis, North Carolina- Austin Garrison.
Maryland is back in action on Friday night, April 28 as they host Yale at 7 p.m. at Byrd Stadium. Virginia travels to Ohio State for a game on April 29 at 1 p.m.
GAME SCORING #9 MARYLAND (8-4) 2 0 4 1 -- 7 #1 VIRGINIA (10-1) 4 3 1 3 -- 11
Qtr.-Time Team, Goal (Assist) UM-VA 1-12:48 Virginia, Jay Jalbert (A.J. Shannon) EMO 0-1 1-11:53 Maryland, Nate Watkins (un) 1-1 1-9:25 Virginia, Drew McKnight (un) 1-2 1-8:49 Virginia, David Bruce (Ian Shure) 1-3 1-6:09 Maryland, Andrew Combs (Alex Poole) 2-3 1-4:19 Virginia, Jason Hard (Conor Gill) 2-4 2-10:30 Virginia, Ian Shure (Conor Gill) 2-5 2-7:07 Virginia, Ian Shure (Jay Jalbert) 2-6 2-0:21 Virginia, A.J. Shannon (Conor Gill) 2-7 3-12:17 Virginia, Conor Gill (Jay Jalbert) 2-8 3-10:36 Maryland, Mike LaMonica (un) 3-8 3-3:43 Maryland, Andrew Combs (Mike Mollot) 4-8 3-1:55 Maryland, Mike Mollot (un) 5-8 3-0:41 Maryland, Matt Urlock (Brian Zeller) EMO 6-8 4-14:05 Maryland, Matt Urlock (Chris Malone) 7-8 4-5:19 Virginia, A.J. Shannon (Conor Gill) 7-9 4-2:59 Virginia, Jay Jalbert (un) 7-10 4-1:23 Virginia, Peter Ragosa (Doug Worthen) 7-11
TEAM STATS Category Maryland Virginia Shots 6-7-10-3=26 12-8-10-12=42 Saves 5-3-5-5=18 2-3-3-1=9 Face-Offs 5/22 17/22 Groundballs 15-17-10-7=49 17-14-18-11=60 Clears 24/29 18/22 Extra-Man Opp. 1/3 1/4 Penalties 4/2:30 3/2:30
Virginia Goals-Asst.-Pts. Conor Gill 1-4-5 Jay Jalbert 2-2-4 Ian Shure 2-1-3 A.J. Shannan 2-1-3 David Bruce 1-0-1 Jason Hard 1-0-1 Drew McKnight 1-0-1 Peter Ragosa 1-0-1 Doug Worthen 0-1-1
GOALIES Maryland Saves GA Min. Pat McGinnis 18 11 60
Virginia Saves GA Min. Derek Kenney 9 7 60