April 6, 2007
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Sophomore midfielder Dan Groot scored the game-winning goal at the 3:18 mark of the second overtime to give the 10th-ranked University of Maryland men's lacrosse team an 8-7 win over No. 7 Navy in front of a crowd of 14,625 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium Friday night.
The game was sent into overtime by a miraculous goal by midfielder Drew Evans. The junior from Ithaca, N.Y., scored his only goal of the game with seven seconds remaining in regulation, lacing a low-to-high shot from 16 yards out over the right shoulder of Navy goalie Colin Finnegan.
All-America defender Ray Megill turned in a career-defining performance and provided the spark that turned the tide for the Terps.
The Midshipmen had just ripped off three-straight goals to take a 6-4 lead midway through the fourth quarter. Navy had won 10-of-13 face-offs at that point and had momentum building. Enter Megill, who trotted out to the X to take his first-ever college face-off against Mikelis Visgauss, who only lost one draw in seven attempts. That lone loss became Megill's first win. The senior from Clark, N.J., picked up the groundball, raced down the middle of the field and buried a shot from eight yards out to pull the Terps to within a goal.
Navy's Tommy Wallin scored less than three minutes later on a wild falling-down shot to push the lead back to two, but that's just when the game got interesting for Maryland.
Megill won the ensuing face-off to give the Terps possession and they cashed in less than a minute later. Senior All-America candidate Michael Phipps, who also scored a goal, fired a skip pass to sophomore midfielder Jeremy Sieverts, who was cutting in front of the Navy goal. Sieverts one-timed a shot past Finnegan for his second goal of the game to cut the Midshipman lead to 7-6.
That's the way the game would stay until the final minute of regulation. Maryland looked to have tied the game when Evans had a clean look at the goal on the doorstep, but Finnegan was there to make the save and preserve the one-goal lead. The Mids tried to run out the clock, but the Terps would get one more crack at it thanks to senior All-America candidate Ryan Clarke, who caused his third turnover of the game with 56 seconds left. Two-time All-American Steve Whittenberg came up with the big groundball and cleared the ball into the Maryland offensive zone.
That set the stage for Evans' heroics. With time running out, Evans drove high and used multiple roll dodges to separate from his defender. That gave him just enough space to get off the game-tying shot.
The first overtime was a physical struggle with Maryland goalie Brian Phipps making two of his 13 saves and Finnegan coming up with another key save.
Navy never got possession in the second overtime thanks to freshman defensive midfielder Bryn Holmes, who beat Navy's face-off specialist William Wallace. Senior short stick Jimmy Borell grabbed the loose ball and raced into the attack zone. Junior All-America candidate Max Ritz, who scored a goal and added an assist in the game, looked to end the game, but Finnegan was there to make the save. Sieverts came up with the groundball off of the save to keep possession for the Terps.
That set the stage for Groot, who dodged past his defender through the left alley and was able to beat Finnegan over the left shoulder to give Maryland its first victory over the Mids since 2003.
Maryland's defense was tremendous in the victory, especially the man-down unit that held Navy without a goal in five extra-man opportunities, including one when the Terps were two men down.
Megill finished the game with a career-best seven groundballs, while Whittenberg picked up four. Along with Megill and Whittenberg, Clarke and junior Joe Cinosky combined for 12 of Maryland's 15 caused turnovers.
Maryland returns to Chevy Chase Bank Field at Byrd Stadium for the 103rd meeting with No. 9 Johns Hopkins on Saturday, April 14 at 8 p.m.
With tonight's 8-7 win in 2OT Maryland is now 50-31-1 all-time vs. Navy.
Tonight's game was the first Maryland-Navy game to go into overtime since 1988. That game was also an 8-7 final in double-overtime with Navy coming out on top.
With a goal and an assist Max Ritz now has 23 multi-point games in his career.
The two-point game is also Ritz's 12th-straight game with multiple points.
Michael Phipps pushed his point-scoring streak to 12 games with his two-point effort.
Phipps now has 20 multi-point games in his career.
The Terrapin defense held Navy without a goal for 20:23 spanning the second, third and fourth quarters. That makes 10 times this season that Maryland has held an opponent scoreless for 20+ minutes.
Maryland's "D" also shutout the Midshipmen in the third quarter, giving the Terps their ninth shutout quarter of the season.