#2 Virginia Rallies Past #9 Maryland, 12-8
March 31, 2012
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Senior Joe Cummings had two goals and an assist to lead the No. 9 Maryland men's lacrosse team, but it wasn't enough to overcome No. 2 Virginia, which rallied for a 12-8 victory in front of 6,445 at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.
The loss puts the Terps at 5-3 overall and finishes up their ACC record at 1-2, while the Cavaliers improve to 9-1 on the year and 1-0 in conference play.
After going down 2-0 early in the first, Maryland answered at the 4:37 mark with a goal by John Haus. The junior beat the keeper on a shot from the left wing that ended up in the top right corner.
Virginia ended the first quarter by scoring with two seconds remaining to extend their lead to 3-1.
Maryland answered with 11:40 remaining in the second quarter when senior Michael Shakespeare scored his first of two goals of the game. Junior Owen Blye found Shakespeare near the top of the box, where beat the Virginia zone from 13 yards out.
That started a string of five goals in the span of 3:39 that showcased some excellent lacrosse by both teams.
The Cavaliers answered 30 seconds later with an unassisted goal by Colin Briggs. Maryland junior long pole midfielder Jesse Bernhardt scooped the ground ball off the ensuing faceoff and quickly moved it to junior Landon Carr who ultimately found junior Billy Gribbin for the easy one-on-one goal, cutting the Virginia lead back to one with 10:56 left in the second.
Fifty seconds later, Cummings tied the game at 4-4 with his first goal of the game. Cummings dodged down the right alley blowing past the Virginia defender and beating the keeper with a shot just inside the far post.
The Cavaliers retook the lead when Chris Bocklett scored on the extra-man opportunity off a pass from Steele Stanwick with 8:09 left in the second.
Maryland sent the game into halftime ties 5-5 with a goal with 1:57 remaining. After a sophomore goalie Niko Amato stopped a shot by Mark Cockerton, he sent a long outlet pass to Carr, who was never picked up by a Cavalier defender on the right side and his shot beat Wahoo goalie Rob Fortunato.
The early part of the third quarter belonged to the Terps, who took their first lead of the game at the 12:18 mark. Cummings wrapped around the left side of the Virginia crease, but the ball dislodged from his stick briefly. He was able to regain the handle and deftly scored to make it a 6-5 Maryland lead.
The lead grew to a pair of goals less than two minutes later when Shakespeare dodged to the crease, split a double-team and bounced a shot past Fortunato.
But from there the Cavaliers went on a four-goal run and scored seven of the game's final eight goals to put the game away.
Stanwick, who had three goals and five assists overall on the day, started the run with his first goal of the day, getting a fortunate spin off of a bouncer that spun in after hitting the underside of the crossbar.
Rob Emery scored an extra-man goal off an assist from Stanwick with 1:05 left in the half, sending the game into the fourth quarter tied 7-7.
Briggs regained the lead for Virginia with an unassisted goal less than two minutes into the fourth.
That lead upped to two at 9-7 at the 10:33 mark when Stanwick scored his second of the game.
Maryland's final tally came with 9:01 remaining when Cummings found senior Drew Snider in the right alley and he ripped a shot into the upper corner to make it a one-goal game, but Emery scored two sandwiched between Stanwick's third of the game to put it out of reach.
In addition to earning his second career assist, Amato finished with 12 saves and a game-high six groundballs.
Bernhardt finished the game with three groundballs and one caused turnover, as did sophomore Michael Ehrhardt.
Maryland returns to action in six days when it hosts long-time instate rival Navy on Friday, April 6 at 7 p.m. at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.