Defense Leads No. 7 Terps To 8-7 Win At No. 2 Virginia
March 29, 2003
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The No. 7 Maryland men's lacrosse team scored seven consecutive goals and kept Virginia scoreless for a span of 33:06 on its way to an 8-7 victory over No. 2 Virginia on a sunny and warm Saturday afternoon. Maryland won at Klockner Stadium for the first time since the 1998 ACC Championship game which it defeated the host Cavaliers, 14-11. It was also the Terps' first regular-season win at Klockner Stadium and first in Charlottesville, Va. since 1989.
The Terps (6-1 overall 2-1 ACC) held off a furious comeback as Virginia scored the final three goals of the game including two in the final 1:39 to come within one as Joe Yevoli scored with 1:23 left. But goalie Danny McCormick (McLean, Va,) was tremendous in the final minute of action as he stopped Virginia's leading goal scorer John Christmas on a point- blank shot with 49 seconds left and started a Maryland clear as the Terps preserved the win. The senior captain finished with 15 saves in the win.
Maryland scored six unanswered goals over the final 20:13 of the first half to build a 6-2 lead at halftime.
Virginia opened the scoring on a pair of early goals by Christmas and Billy Glading before the Terps reeled off six in a row. Junior Justin Smith (University Park, Md.) got the run going with an unassisted goal with 5:13 left in the first quarter.
The Terps scored all five goals of the second quarter as Mollot scored the first and final goals of the quarter -- the first off a pass from Smith 4:39 into the quarter. Walters scored two straight goals to make it 4-2 with 4:09 left in the half.
Dan LaMonica (Parkton, Md.) scored on a wraparound goal to make it 5-2 with 2:17 left in the half. Mollot's man-up goal off a pass from Walters made it 6-2 with 33 seconds left in the half.
McCormick came up huge in the first half holding the Virginia at bay after the two early goals stopping eight straight shots on goal over the final 22 minutes of the half.
The Terps return to action next Saturday as they travel to Annapolis to face No. 12 Navy at Rip Miller Field. Face-off is set for Noon.