April 1, 2006
College Park, Md. - The top-ranked Virginia Cavaliers raced out to a 5-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back in its 15-5 victory over No. 3 Maryland Saturday afternoon in front of 6,103 fans at Byrd Stadium.
The teams and the crowd were anticipating an epic clash, but that never materialized as Virginia scored its first goal just 15 seconds into the game. The Cavaliers would score four more in the next seven minutes for the early 5-0 advantage.
Maryland looked to get back into the game at the 6:50 mark of the opening period when senior captain Xander Ritz laced a shot from the right wing over the left shoulder of Virginia goalie Kip Turner for the Terps' first score.
The Cavaliers responded by holding Maryland scoreless in the second quarter and scored four unanswered goals for take a 9-0 lead into halftime.
The third quarter started much like the first with Virginia scoring with less than a minute having ticked off the clock. Three more Cavalier goals pushed the lead to 13-1 before Maryland answered back with a goal by sophomore attackman Max Ritz. Senior face-off specialist David Tamberrino, who was 10 of 17 from the X on the afternoon, started the play by winning the face-off and pushing the ball into the Maryland attack zone. He skipped a pass to Ritz in the crease to pick up his first career assist.
After another Virginia score, two senior All-Americans hooked-up for the third Terrapin goal. Joe Walters dodged his defender in back of the Cavalier goal and fired a pass to Bill McGlone, who separated from his defender with a quick first-step and scored his 10th goal of the season.
The fourth quarter was scoreless until the 6:40 mark when Max Ritz scored his second of the game off an assist from senior All-American Brendan Healy to make the game 14-4. Virginia answered back with its final goal of the game three minutes later. Xander Ritz scored his team-leading 20th goal of the season on an extra-man opportunity with 11 seconds remaining for cap the scoring at 15-5.
Sophomore attackman Ben Rubeor led the way for Virginia (10-0/1-0 ACC) with four goals, but five other Cavaliers scored two goals each and senior J.J. Morrissey added a goal.
For the game, Maryland outshot the Cavaliers 46-37 and won the battle on the ground, picking up 44 groundballs to Virginia's 42. Junior All-American Harry Alford made 12 saves on the afternoon, while sophomore defender Jacob Baxter caused a career-high three turnovers.
Maryland returns to action this Friday evening when it hosts No. 6 Navy at Byrd Stadium. Face-off in the 80th meeting between the two programs is scheduled for 8 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on CSTV.
With today's 15-5 loss Maryland is now 44-31 all-time vs. Virginia.
With one assist, Joe Walters extended his point scoring streak to 41 games.
Xander Ritz extended his point scoring streak scoring to 25 games with two goals.
He now has 15 multi-goal and 37 multi-point games in his career.
Max Ritz now has seven multi-goal games and eight multi-point games in his career.
Max and Xander Ritz have now scored goals in the same game on five occasions.